S1000D: Defined, Explained, and Explored
S1000D is the European standard of technical publications or technical documentation being followed in Aerospace since 1980, which uses CSDB
What is S1000D?
S1000D is the European standard of technical publications or technical documentation being followed in Aerospace since 1980, which uses CSDB, a Common source database which is used for preparing, managing, and publishing technical information for a warship, or Aerospace, or even Civil airlines too.
The first release of the S1000D Specification was in 1989 and in August 2019 the latest 5 Issue was release
An airplane or ship is built with thousands of components, sub-components and navigation equipment, and many more. Hence, these components are supplied by many OEMs (Original equipment manufacturers). OEMs make the documents to their own standards. Each document and format is entirely different because all OEMs don’t maintain similar standards. At that point, the Technical Publications Specification Maintenance Group (TPSMG) was formed. They proposed a DM-based (Data Module) Based structure. TO manage these Data modules CSDB was maintained. (Database). Data Module is the standalone section of the document. For example, let’s assume that one data module is prepared on Operation of GPS and stored in CSDB, then whenever GPS operations are to be reproduced for different aircraft or different systems, simply that Data module can be copied and plugged.
In short, re-usability and the format used is XML, and tags are defined by the S1000D steering committee.
S1000D Basic Principle
Content or data produced following the standard is in Data Module
This data module is the smallest and self-contained content or data unit within a technical publication
A data module must have sense and meaning when viewed without any supporting data other than images and diagrams
These data modules will be stored and managed in CSDB, Common Source Database.
Using this CSDB we can publish output in a page-oriented or Interactive Electronic Technical Manual.
These Individual data modules are re-usable components and can be used repeatedly in an output.
Benefits of S1000D
Re-usability of data hence reduces production cost
Standardization of data and naming conventions
Open source and non-proprietary
Good for legacy data conversion
Proper documentation and version control management
Zero printing cost and zero occupancies of space as no Hard copies are to be maintained. Achieved by reusing instead of recreating information each time it is required
Easily to maintain and distribute: Facilitates transfer of information and electronic output between systems very easily and conveniently
Multiple Vendor support
Fastest reference to operator or maintainer than traditional paper-based documents
Many different output forms can be generated from a single data source i.e. from CSDB we can generate IETM and also PDF format which can be used for printing if need be
Customized Output creation: Allows sub-sets of information to be generated to meet specific user needs and user levels.
JSG 0852:2001 & S1000D
Suppliers of documentation
Technical service providers
Common information sets provide following data: –
Description and operation
Illustrated Part Data (IPD)
Maintenance planning information
Mass and balance information
Weapon loading information –
Cargo loading information
Stores loading information
Role change information
Battle damage assessment and repair information
Illustrated tool and support equipment data
Common information and data
List of applicable publications
Maintenance checklists and inspections
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