An Approach to Automated Conceptual Database Design Based on the UML Activity Diagram

Drazen Brdjanin, Slavko Maric

This paper presents an approach to the automated design of the initial conceptual database model. The UML activity diagram, as a frequently used business process modeling notation, is used as the starting point for the automated generation of the UML class diagram representing the conceptual database model. Formal rules for automated generation cover the automatic extraction of business objects and business process participants, as well as the automatic generation of corresponding classes and their associations. Based on these rules we have implemented an automatic generator and evaluated it on a real business model.