Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA

SADA Training: Goteborg, Sweden

Environmental Assessment Methods Using SADA, September 12-15, 2005

The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is hosting a 32 hour course on applying SADA to environmental assessment problems in Gteborg, 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.

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

  • Monday September 12th
    • 9:00-10:00 Introductions, SADA Overview
    • 10:00-10:30 Create SADA File
    • 10:30-10:45 Break
    • 10:45-11:30 Initial Sample Designs
    • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30-1:00 Practice Session 1
    • 1:00-1:30 Importing Data Into SADA
    • 1:30-2:30 Exploration Tools/Statistics
    • 2:30-2:45 Break
    • 2:45-3:30 Exploration Tools/Statistics (hypotheses test)
    • 3:30-4:30 Practice Session 2
  • Tuesday September 13th
    • 9:00-10:00 Basic Spatial Analysis Tools
    • 10:00-10:30 Practice Session 3
    • 10:30-10:40 Break
    • 10:40-11:30 Advanced Spatial Analysis Tools
    • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30-2:00 Advanced Spatial Analysis Tools (cont.)
    • 2:00-2:15 Break
    • 2:15-3:15 Advanced Spatial Analysis Tools (cont.)
    • 3:15-4:30 Practice Session 4
  • Wednesday September 14th
    • 9:00-10:15 3D Spatial Statistics
    • 10:15-10:30 Break
    • 10:30-11:30 Human Health Risk
    • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30-1:15 Custom Analysis
    • 1:15-2:15 Ecological Risk
    • 2:15-2:30 Break
    • 2:30-4:00 Decision Analysis
  • Thursday September 15th
    • 9:00-9:15 Decision Analysis (cont.)
    • 9:15-10:00 Practice Session 6
    • 10:00-10:15 Break
    • 10:15-11:30 Secondary Sample Design
    • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30-1:45 Practice Session 7
    • 1:45-2:00 Break
    • 2:00-3:00 Geobayesian Approach
    • 3:00-3:30 Summary, Comments & Reflections
    • 3:30-4:30 Time for complementary issues (optional)

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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