The Online Material Flow Analysis Tool (OMAT) is a free, open source tool that can be used to undertake a Material Flow Analysis (MFA). More specifically, the goals of OMAT are:
OMAT is similar to STAN in that it is free software and it is available for flow analysis. However, OMAT is based on an online platform which means that it is not necessary to install any program on the computer, and it can be used on any type of operating system. OMAT is furthermore focused on EW-MFA rather than Substance Flow Analysis.
In September 2014 we launched OMAT in its beta version to the public. It is currently being used by the team behind this website for gathering data for a MFA on Cape Town, but there are also other interested parties who will soon start experimenting with the system for their own purposes. The system is sufficiently developed to already be useful, time-saving, and a practical tool for performing an MFA! See below the list of features.
We invite programmers to join the development of this free service, and we invite researchers to either start a project now or get in touch with specific requests so that we can tailor the program to the need of people in the industry and get feedback from those who help us test the software.