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2016/2017 Architecture Master Geomatics
Spatial Decision Support for Planning and Crisis Management
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. S. Zlatanova    S.Zlatanova@tudelft.nl
Course Coordinator
Name E-mail
Dipl.ing. A. Wandl    A.Wandl@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
J.A. Lopes Gil    J.A.LopesGil@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
4 hours lecture and 2 hours Lab per week
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
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Course Contents
Where a new neighbourhood should be developed? Which high water defence measure should have priority? Which fire brigade, with what equipment is the fastest at the place of emergency? What may be the consequences for human and nature if a harbour is extended? In every city around the world hundreds of decisions that influence billions of people are made every day. Most of these question are a matter of who does what, when and where and what possible consequences of these decisions are.

These questions do not have simple answers, because they involve very often different people with different interest and needs. Information that could help to make decision are often not easy available or only in a form that specialist understand it. It is also very difficult to predict what the effects and consequence of these decision may be, as decisions may have unintended consequences we were not aware of before. This is where Spatial decision support systems (SDSS) come into the game. They are one tool that help to make decision in this complex situation.

SDSS are interactive computer systems that integrate and analyse spatial information from different fields of expertise and present them in a way that decision maker can understand them. Moreover, they allow us to compare different possible decisions by modelling there consequences before we actually make decisions. They provide an interactive setting where people involved in decision making can play through the decision process in advance and make decisions that are better informed then without SDSS.

The course Spatial decision support for planning and crisis management you will learn what SSDS is and will give you the chance to design and implement your own SDSS.
Study Goals
After the course the student is able to:

1. Understand the complexity of spatial problems and identify the consequences for SDSS;
2. Learn the concepts, components and technologies underlying SDSS;
3. Compare the application of SDSS to decision-making in urban planning and crisis management, and the different geo-information, spatial analysis and visualisation requirements;
4. Analyse and evaluate a SDSS for a specific problem;
5. Apply their knowledge to develop a SDSS for a given scenario.
Education Method
Lectures: 16 hours; 6 regular lectures (12 hours) and 2 invited lectures (4 hours)

Practical: 28 hours; group assignments (2-3 students). Developing of SDSS for urban planning or emergency response as a QGIS plug-in.

Self-study: 96 hours
Written exam, practice work (labs and report) and a final presentation. The written exam result will determine 25% of the final score, the labs 35%, peer-review evaluation report 25% and final seminar 15%.
Period of Education
Quarter 2
Course evaluation
For the course evaluations see: http://kwaliteitszorg.bk.tudelft.nl/