A computerized decision support model for selection of an underground construction method

E. N. Allouche, Samuel Ariaratnam, S. M. Abourizk

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Abstract

This paper describes a decision-support system for trenchless technology projects that aids practicing professionals in the selection of the construction method that best satisfies project parameters. The model, named Innovative Modular Procedure for Evaluation of Construction Technologies (I.M.P.E.C.T), combines concepts from constraint satisfaction techniques, linear algebra, calculus, and applied statistics. The proposed model employs a two-step selection process, namely a technical evaluation to determine the technical soundness of the method and a preference evaluation where parameters controlled by the user are considered (eg. cost). Based on the results of the evaluations the model ranks the likelihood that each of the construction methods will satisfy overall project objectives. The proposed method represents a powerful decision-making model capable of addressing the complex and interacting technical, social, business, and risk aspects associated with many large trenchless technology projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2000 Annual Conference Abstracts - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
EditorsD. McTavish, G. Knights, F.M. Bartlett, R.K. Rowe, S. Easa
Pages33
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event2000 Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - London, Ont., Canada
Duration: Jun 7 2000Jun 10 2000

Other

Other2000 Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
CountryCanada
CityLondon, Ont.
Period6/7/006/10/00

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Allouche, E. N., Ariaratnam, S., & Abourizk, S. M. (2000). A computerized decision support model for selection of an underground construction method. In D. McTavish, G. Knights, F. M. Bartlett, R. K. Rowe, & S. Easa (Eds.), 2000 Annual Conference Abstracts - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (pp. 33)