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Dependency Relationships

Dependency relationships describe how elements support or are used by other elements. They can indicated direction in the form of an arrowhead at one end of the line - the direction is optional for some relationships () and mandatory for others (Influence). Four types of dependency relationship are distinguished as indicated in this table.

Dependency Relationships


The serving relationship represents that an element provides its functionality to another element.


The access relationship represents the ability of behavior and active structure elements to observe or act upon passive structure elements.


The influence relationship represents that an element affects the implementation or achievement of some motivation element.


An association relationship represents an unspecified relationship, or one that is not represented by another ArchiMate relationship.