Address Space Model Designer (ASMD)

OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is the next generation of OPC. One of the most important improvements in OPC UA is a powerful Address Space and Information Model concepts. OPC UA allows for the presentation of a real-time process and underlying infrastructure as a consistent information model built up with nodes. The process model is represented by nodes, attributes, and their mutual relationships. Therefore, this powerful concept allows us to present in OPC UA not only raw process data but also complete information about the process state and process environment. The flexibility of UA ensures that no existing or future system is too complex to be exposed via OPC UA. Of course, such flexibility leads to difficulties during configuration, that’s why the Address Space Model Designer (ASMD) design environment has been born.

The ASMD provides graphical design of the process model using OPC UA Information and Address Space concepts. The embedded model compiler may be used to generate all required file formats necessary to deploy custom model using any existing Software Development Kit. It is compliant with the OPC UA Specifications listed in the See Also section.



The ASMD was written by CAS Lodz Poland. I am the founder and Executive Director of CAS. Now CAS is just an individual business activity conducted by me, so I decided to move this software to Open Source.

We use Semantic Versioning for versioning. For the versions available, see the releases on this repository. For your convenience, the versions of the repository, tools and NuGet packages has been listed in the next subsections.

Version Milestone Date
4.1 Public release of the ASMD Dec 17, 2019
3.20.1 ASMD last available Windows installation released by CAS May 17, 2016

Key Features

Check out the WIKI - Help Documentation to get a more detailed description

Getting Started

This section describes prerequisites to compile the software and run tests.


The following package must be installed on the development computer to build the solution

Open XML is an open ECMA 376 standard and is also approved as the ISO/IEC 29500 standard that defines a set of XML schemas for representing spreadsheets, charts, presentations, and word processing documents. Microsoft Office Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and the later versions all use Open XML as the default file format.

NuGet packages

The list of packages used is listed on the page Dependency graph of this repository. All packages are included in this GitHub repository in the local folder _nugets or published on NuGet. The local folder is configured in the NuGet.Config. The NuGet Gallery is the public package repository used by all package authors and consumers. All required packages are loaded before the build.

To get more visit the Microsoft documentation How to reinstall and update packages.

Visual Studio

Projects can be opened in Visual Studio 2017. Support for some projects depends on the Visual Studio edition and installed components.

Ho to Guide

How to build and run the unit tests in Visual Studio on Windows

  1. Open the CommServer.UA.ModelDesigner.sln solution file using Visual Studio 2017.
  2. Hit F6 to build all projects in the solution.
  3. Set the ModelDesigner.DesignStudio as the Start-up Project
  4. Press F5 to run the tool using Debug configuration
  5. Hit Ctrl+r,Ctrl+a to run all unit tests

How to open an example

This section contains information about the Address Space Model Designer sample solutions that illustrate the structure and techniques used for designing models and defining bindings between model nodes and real-time process data.

The section Information Models Development of the online ebook covers details on how to get started using the attached examples. The solution BoilerExampleSolution contains a boiler model. This model is described in the ReferenceApplication Producer - Boilers Set Simulator. Check out the section Companion Specification - Information Model for Analyzers to get more about ADIExempleSolution example.

Selected examples are also published on the ASMD releases page. The following step by step, instruction will guide you on how to open the examples.

You can open the solution into ASMD in the following way:

  1. Click on the main menu Open item
  2. Select the directory containing the sample solution
  3. Open the BoilerExampleSolution.uamdsl file
  4. Click on the confirmation (Open) button

How to open a Sample Solution

The files of the sample solution are listed in the following table.

File Content
*.uamdsl Address Space Model Designer solution. This file contains the configuration of the sample solution and references to other files that are used in this solution (e.g. projects, plug-ins, etc.)
CAS.UA.Server.ServerConfiguration.dll A sample Plug-in file for CommServer UA that can be used to edit the configuration file and define process data bindings
*.csv A CSV file that contains Node Identifiers
*.xml An XML file that contains the model
*/CAS.UAServer.DemoConfiguration.uasconfig A sample configuration file of CommServer UA. This file is created and edited by CAS.UA.Server.ServerConfiguration.dll - configuration editor.
*/DefaultConfig.xml A sample CommServer configuration file. It can be edited by the Network Configuration application (part of CommServer package).
*/DemoConfiguration.oses A sample OPC DA client configuration (compatible with OPC Viewer and DataPorter products)

Object Oriented Internet

In this umbrella project, C# deliverables supporting a new Machine To Machine (M2M) communication approach based on the Data-Oriented Architecture (DOA) paradigm is to be researched. The goal is to provide a generic solution for publishing and updating information in a context that can be used to describe and discover it by software applications. It is implemented based on the

The GitHub Object Oriented Internet repository is aimed at the maintenance of this project. The ASMD contributes to this project and is compliant with the OOI concept.


CommServer is a package of software to manage data transfer using OPC standards. Built-in technologies and algorithms support Machine to Machine (M2M) meaningful interoperability. The CommServer was written by CAS Lodz Poland.

The GitHub repository commsvr-com/migration2os is aimed at the CommServer software migration from on-premise subversion repository to GitHub and publishing it as the Open-Source Software (OSS). The members of the CommServer family are to be converged with the Object-Oriented Internet paradigms and integrated with the solutions maintained in this repository.

The project CommServer Migration to Open-source will be used to coordinate the migration process of transferring multi-parts software from an on-premise subversion repository to a set of GitHub repositories.

Object Oriented Internet Reactive Networking Configuration Editor

OPC-UA-OOI.ConfigEditor is a package of software to manage the configuration of the Reactive Communication. The OPC-UA-OOI.ConfigEditor was written by CAS Lodz Poland. The mpostol/OPC-UA-OOI.ConfigEditor repository is aimed at the software migration from on-premise subversion repository to GitHub and publishing it as the Open-Source Software (OSS). After migration, this repository will be used to manage all activities addressing the software maintenance process as a plug-in of the ASMD.

See Also