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Case study - SPeAR® (Sustainable Project Appraisal Routine)

Minds Eye created the SPeAR® program in 2009 and has created variants such as ASPIRE, CCAF, and SPeAR for Schools. The current version of SPeAR® is Version 11.2 (released January 2012)


What is SPeAR® ?

SPeAR® is a software tool created by Minds Eye Interactive for Arup to ensure sustainability performance across a wide range of topics within a project. With this tool engineers, planners and consultants are able to support sustainability decision making and communication within projects.
SPeAR® covers a full range of project topics and is fully customisable.
For each topic, there are a number of sub-topics and for each the user is asked a number of questions and also potential best case and worst case sustainability scenarios are displayed. This information is used to help the user score each sub-topic and an amalgamation of these scores is shown graphically using a traffic light type system on the SPeAR® chart. On completion, each appraisal can be checked and approved by others.
Data summary tables can be generated into both Word and Excel for audit purposes.

SPEAR® has been used on the following projects ...

You can find out more about SPeAR® from the Arup website >> www.arup.com/spear

You can download SPeAR® from the Oasys website >> www.oasys-software.com

The following sequence describes the processes the a user would go through when creating a typical SPeAR® appraisal (click on the images to expand them) :

SPeAR Start As the program starts, the user is presented with the Startup window. This contains a number of random images on the right-hand-side plus a welcome message.
There are a number of options available to the user at this stage such as create a new apppraisal, open a file, select from a list of recently opened files etc.

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In this example the user has selected the option to create a new file.

This gives the user a new appraisal with an empty SPeAR chart.

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Before proceeding the user might want to adjust the details entered for this project.

The Job details window is the place to enter this information.

This window also shows a checklist of all the

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Now the user enters the data.

This is in the form of scores and notes in the data entry window.

For each segment of the chart, the data entry shows any number of Sub-indicators. The user must set a score for each of these sub-indicators by clicking on one of the 5 coloured scoring buttons. These range from -1 through to 3.

To aid the user when scoring each sub-indicator, the data entry window displays questions that the user should be thinking about. Also "Best case" and "Worst case" scenarios.

The user must also enter some notes within each sub-indicator to explain the reason for the score.

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As the scores are entered into the data entry the chart gets updated automatically. Here we see the chart with all indicators filled-in with scores.

The scores range from Red on the outside through orange and yellow to Green on the inside.

The SPeAR chart allows the user to immediately see the areas where they area up to a good standard and the areas that need further attention.

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At any stage in scoring the appraisal the user can make adjustments to the indicators and sub indicators in order to adapt the SPeAR appraisal to any project.

Here we see the indicator tool. This allows indicators to be added, modified or removed.

All of the indicators and sub-indicators of the current appraisal are displayed in a tree-view on the left-hand-side of the interface. Adjustments to all the text elements of each indicator / sub-indicator can be made within the edit panels in the right-hand-side.

New indicators that have been added to the appraisal are displayed in red.

Blank SPeAR chart Selecting the third tab (Library) allows the user to add many other indicators and sub-indicators to the appraisal.

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Any modifications made to the appraisal must be justified. A list of modifications are displayed by selecting the 4th tab (Modifications)

The user must write some text in the Justification edit box to explain the reason for the modification.

Blank SPeAR chart Here we see the job details screen once again. The difference this time is that all the items have been checked-off. As the user updates the appraisal the items get checked-off in the job details window automatically. For example, once all the indicators have been scored a green tick will apear in the appropriate row. The appraisal can only be checked and then approved once all the preceding items have been checked-off.

Blank SPeAR chart As soon as the appraisal gets 'Approved' (in the job details window), the chart image changes: the word "DRAFT" disapears and an "Issue date" is applied.

Blank SPeAR chart There are a number of different views possible on the SPeAR chart. For example, this image show the seperate sectors.

Blank SPeAR chart Here the user has selected to only display the "Environmental" sector.

Blank SPeAR chart And here the chart indicators are displayed in Chinese.

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SPeAR can output images of the chart in multiple file formats.

It can also output reports in Word and Excel. The user simply selects from the multiple templates available.

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The program will create an output report for each of the templates selected.