An asset may consist of several sub-assets, and those may have sub-assets as well. In order to expose such a hierarchy, the concept of Referencesis used. Sub-assets shall be referenced from the asset with a hierarchical Reference, preferable 0:HasComponentor a subtype of it. Assets may reference their sub-assets directly, or have additional grouping Objectsin between, potentially several layers of grouping Objects. In Figure 17, some examples are given. X:Asset1 contains two sub-assets, directly referenced, and the sub-asset X:Subasset1.2 contains additional two sub-assets. For X:Asset2, the sub-assets are not directly referenced, but some grouping Objectsare in between.

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Figure 17– Example of structuring Sub-assets

In order to identify all sub-assets of an asset, a Clientneeds to follow all hierarchical Referencesin forward direction from the asset recursively.