Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA

SADA Training: Goteborg and Stockholm, Sweden

Environmental Assessment Methods Using SADA, May 10-12 and 15-17, 2006

The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is hosting 2 24 hour courses on applying SADA to environmental assessment problems in Goteborg and Stockholm, Sweden. The course is taught by the developers of the software. Cost for the course is €1250, the software is free. Users are to bring a laptop with SADA installed on it.

Registration deadline is April 9. Class size is 20.

Both courses will cover the same material.

Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) is free software that incorporates tools from environmental assessment fields into an effective problem-solving environment. These tools include integrated modules for visualization, geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, human health risk assessment, ecological risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis, sampling design, and decision analysis. The capabilities of SADA can be used independently or collectively to address site specific concerns when characterizing a contaminated site, assessing risk, determining the location of future samples, and when designing remedial action. Students will be given a broad-based introduction to environmental assessment methods and SADA and will have ample understanding of how to use SADA as well as how to implement it for decision-making applications at environmental sites.

SADA Preliminary schedule

  • Wednesday May 10/Monday May 15
    • 8:45-9:15 Registrations, handouts, coffee
    • 9:15-9:45 Introductions, Training Overview
    • 9:45-10:45 Data Quality Objectives + Data Quality Assessment
    • 10:45-11:20 Create SADA File
    • 11:20-12:20 Lunch
    • 12:20-13:15 Initial Sample Designs
    • 13:15-13:45 Practice Session 1
    • 13:45-14:15 Importing Data Into SADA
    • 14:15-14:30 Break
    • 14:30-15:45 Exploration Tools/Statistics
    • 15:45-17:00 Practice Session 2
    • 17:00-17:30 Teachers available for consultation
  • Thursday May 11/Tuesday May 16
    • 9:00-9:15 Summary of Day 1/Questions/Comments
    • 9:15-10:15 Basic Spatial Analysis Tools
    • 10:15-10:30 Break
    • 10:30-11:25 Practice Session 3
    • 11:25-12:25 Lunch
    • 12:25-14:30 Advanced Spatial Analysis Tools (Geostatistics)
    • 14:30-14:45 Break
    • 14:45-16:00 Practice Session 4
    • 16:00-17:00 Risk Assessment Human Health)
    • 17:00-17:30 Teachers available for consultation
  • Friday May 12/Wednesday May 17
    • 9:00-9:15 Summary of Day 2/Questions/Comments
    • 9:15-9:45 Custom Analysis
    • 9:45-10:30 Decision Analysis
    • 10:30-10:45 Break
    • 10:45-11:25 Practice Session
    • 11:25-12:25 Lunch
    • 12:25-13:15 Uncertainty Analysis
    • 13:15-14:00 Practice Session
    • 14:00-14:15 Break
    • 14:15-15:00 More SADA (briefly about 3D Viewer, Secondary Sample design, Geobayesian, Ecological Risk)
    • 15:00-15:15 Training Summary/Questions/Comments
    • 15:15-15:30 Training Evaluation
    • 15:30-16:00 Teachers available for consultation

Practice sessions are used to supplement lecture materials. Instructors are Peter Starzec ( from the Swedish Geotechnical Institute and Tom Purucker and Robert Stewart from The Institute for Environmental Modeling in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee (

Meals are not included, though refreshments are served twice a day. Participants will receive a complete training material.

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