Technology platforms offer the opportunity for collecting R&D results. A big advantage is the perfect match of user requirements and constraints with available R&D results in terms of tools and information. By using a customisable system engineering “Reference Technology Platform” (RTP), companies will be effectively supported in the systems development process. Existing or emerging technologies will be integrated in the RTP and thereby aligned with each other. As a basis for such a platform, an Interoperability Specification for the seamless exchange of data between development tools is currently being developed and standardized.