Web-based Site Assessment and Land Re-Use Planning Tool (SAT)


Overview

The web based site assessment and re-use planning tool (SAT) is a customisable decision support system (DSS) which enables end-users to develop and evaluate their own ideas of the future uses of brownfield sites. The objective of this tool is to provide better support to projects in the screening stage, where possibilities with regard to future use of the sites need to be explored, holistically evaluated and communicated. In order to provide European-wide use and benefit of the tool, the goal was to provide a user friendly web based graphical user interface (GUI). The interface comprises diverse models and methods (hereafter also denoted as ‘modules’) and provides the necessary geographic information system (GIS) functionalities, e.g. for creation of land use allocation maps, definition of use-oriented and risk-based remediation targets, analyses of conflicts between environmental quality targets/thresholds, and existing contamination level, remediation cost and market value estimation, sustainability assessment, etc.

SAT is being developed in the EU FP7 project TIMBRE and is specifically designed for use by interested stakeholders including non-experts, e.g. laypeople as regards brownfield development. In other words: the web based tool represents a kind of “light” version of the existing expert desktop tool (and of its modules) for planning. The “light” version will provide limited capabilities to a wider group of users via the internet. Here, “limited capabilities” means that only a subset of input parameters will be changeable by the (end) user, i.e. those kinds of parameters that can be reasonably specified also by non-experts. This principal concept applies to the tool as a whole as well as to the individual modules.

Furthermore, one of the main advantages of the tool being web based is seen in the availability to stakeholder round tables by serving the functionality to any PC/Laptop with an internet connection via a web browser, and without the need of having the tools or the respective site data available on one or a number of desktop computers.

See the User's Manual for further information and some guidance.

Follow this link to see a recent presentation (17th of June 2014) about the web-based tool (and also the Megasite Management Toolsuite), its underlying concept and objectives, and its assessment modules.