We offer a range of spatial tools, models and scripts for a range of purposes:


Land Use Scanner model

The Land Use Scanner (LUS) is an integrated GIS-based land use model that produces simulations of future land use, based on the integration of sector-specific inputs from dedicated models. The model is based on demand-supply interaction for land, with sectors competing for allocation within suitability and policy constraints. It uses a comparatively static approach that simulates a future state, in a limited number of time steps. Elsewhere on the SPINlab website, more information on the outline and characteristics of the model and a list of publications about/using the LUS is provided. We also offer a fully functional student edition with an example model configuration and geographic data here.


Definite / BOSDA

DEFINITE (decisions on a finite set of alternatives – Dutch acronyme BOSDA) is a decision support software package that has been developed to improve the quality of environmental decision making. DEFINITE is, in fact, a whole tool kit of methods that can be used on a wide variety of problems. If you have a problem to solve, and you can identify alternative solutions, then DEFINITE can weigh up the alternatives for you and assess the most reasonable alternative. The program contains a number of graphical methods to support representation. To be able to deal with all types of information DEFINITE includes five different multicriteria methods, as well as Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness analysis. Related procedures such as weight assessment, standardization, discounting and a large variety of methods for sensitivity analysis are also available. [Read more…]


GeoDMS – BAG geocoder

The Geo Data and Model Server (GeoDMS) is an open source GIS platform. It is mainly focused on the raster data model and is used in a wide range of applications, mainly by Object Vision B.V.. At SPINlab the GeoDMS is used primarily for running the Land Use Scanner model. Furthermore, we use it to geocode Dutch data sets with addresses using the Basic administration of Adresses and Buildings (BAG in Dutch) as a geocoding-source. [Read more…]