Creating impact analysis profiles

Before you can begin an impact analysis on the designs in your project area, you must first create an impact analysis profile.

About this task

Impact analysis diagrams are driven by impact analysis profiles. Profiles can limit the linked artifacts that are included in an impact analysis diagram. For example, a profile can specify the following limitations:
  • Restrict links to only upstream or downstream artifacts.
    • Upstream links lead to the focus artifacts in an impact analysis.
    • Downstream links lead away from the focus artifacts in an impact analysis.
  • Restrict the depth of each link followed.
  • Restrict the kinds of links that are followed.
  • Restrict the kinds of artifacts that are included in the diagram.


  1. In the main menu, click Analysis > Create > Impact Analysis Profile.
  2. Optional: In the editor, click in the title field and type a name for the new profile.
  3. Optional: On the General tab, enter a description of the impact analysis profile.
  4. To specify how the analysis traverses artifacts as it builds the diagram, complete the following steps:
    1. To include artifacts that are upstream from the focus artifact, downstream from the focus artifact, or both, set the Traversal list box.

      To learn more about the upstream and downstream depth settings, hover over the small question mark to the right of the profile name to read hover help.

    2. Set the depth that you want analyzed by entering a number in the Depth field.
  5. Set filters to control which artifacts and links the diagram can show or ignore. Click Add Filter and then choose a default filter or a custom filter that was set up for your team.
  6. Click Save. The new impact analysis profile is included in the list of available profiles.