Announcing the sDNA 3 public beta: more compatibility (including QGIS), easier to use, more sophisticated analysis

I’m excited to present sDNA version 3 for public beta testing.  sDNA 3 is based on feeback from our research partners Arup, WSP, Sustrans and Tongji University, and adds an enormous amount of new functionality both for free and paying users.

Enhanced compatibility

  • Use Open Source GIS with QGIS Support
  • Increased compatibility with network formats (ability to run link-weighted analysis without fixing split links; grade separation and elevation can now be used together)
  • Link to other models: export skim matrices from sDNA or use sDNA to assign an external Origin-Destination matrix (sDNA+)
  • Easier to install anywhere with offline unlocking and no administrator account required

Enhanced ease of use

  • Links can be switched on and off for scenario analysis (sDNA+)
  • Do your stats within sDNA, no need for external tools
  • Preserve text and numeric data in sDNA Prepare (sDNA+)
  • Improved interface to all functions in sDNA, more helpful error messages and it’s less of a CPU hog
  • Full user manual – not just for sDNA but guiding you through the theory of spatial network analysis and how to prepare networks

Enhanced analysis

  • Produce maps of who uses a selected link (sDNA+)
  • Easy to use cycle, vehicle, pedestrian and public transport metrics (sDNA+)
  • More realistic behavioural models with hybrid and banded radius, enhanced hybrid metrics for turns (sDNA+)
  • Robust multivariate learn and predict tools based on generalized cross-validation
  • Geometry outputs are now fully 3d (sDNA+)
  • OD Matrix Input and Skim Matrix Output (sDNA+)

Users wishing to test sDNA3 can find it in the downloads folder under experimental.  Your previous serial number will work but must be deregistered from sDNA version 2 before uninstalling the old version.

The user manual is here.

Alternatively if you wish to wait, the official release of sDNA3 is scheduled for September 2016.

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