Business object models, as proposed for inclusion in the ISO 10303 family of industrial data standards developed in ISO TC 184/SC4 (SC4), are a layer over the ISO 10303 architecture that is intended to simplify and make the complex standards more accessible to a wider audience, ease implementation, and improve implementation performance. This paper discusses the motivation for developing business object models in SC4, proposes a process for developing business objects, provides example business objects at different levels of complexity, and describes issues facing the two SC4 projects currently developing business object models.

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