Next Article in Journal
The Use of Stable Water Isotopes as Tracers in Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT) and in Regional Water Systems
Next Article in Special Issue
Where to Find Water Pipes and Sewers?—On the Correlation of Infrastructure Networks in the Urban Environment
Previous Article in Journal
Herbivory of Omnivorous Fish Shapes the Food Web Structure of a Chinese Tropical Eutrophic Lake: Evidence from Stable Isotope and Fish Gut Content Analyses
Previous Article in Special Issue
Rainwater Harvesting and Social Networks: Visualising Interactions for Niche Governance, Resilience and Sustainability
Article Menu
Issue 2 (February) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Water 2017, 9(2), 68; doi:10.3390/w9020068

Comparison of Multi-Criteria Decision Support Methods for Integrated Rehabilitation Prioritization

Unit of Environmental Engineering, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstrasse 13, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Gregory L. Leslie
Received: 24 October 2016 / Revised: 20 December 2016 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 24 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synergies in Urban Water Infrastructure Modeling)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [6922 KB, uploaded 24 January 2017]   |  

Abstract

The decisions taken in rehabilitation planning for the urban water networks will have a long lasting impact on the functionality and quality of future services provided by urban infrastructure. These decisions can be assisted by different approaches ranging from linear depreciation for estimating the economic value of the network over using a deterioration model to assess the probability of failure or the technical service life to sophisticated multi-criteria decision support systems. Subsequently, the aim of this paper is to compare five available multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods (ELECTRE, AHP, WSM, TOPSIS, and PROMETHEE) for the application in an integrated rehabilitation management scheme for a real world case study and analyze them with respect to their suitability to be used in integrated asset management of water systems. The results of the different methods are not equal. This occurs because the chosen score scales, weights and the resulting distributions of the scores within the criteria do not have the same impact on all the methods. Independently of the method used, the decision maker must be familiar with its strengths but also weaknesses. Therefore, in some cases, it would be rational to use one of the simplest methods. However, to check for consistency and increase the reliability of the results, the application of several methods is encouraged. View Full-Text
Keywords: asset management; urban water infrastructure; multi-utility rehabilitation; decision support; ELECTRE; AHP; WSM; TOPSIS; PROMETHEE asset management; urban water infrastructure; multi-utility rehabilitation; decision support; ELECTRE; AHP; WSM; TOPSIS; PROMETHEE
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Tscheikner-Gratl, F.; Egger, P.; Rauch, W.; Kleidorfer, M. Comparison of Multi-Criteria Decision Support Methods for Integrated Rehabilitation Prioritization. Water 2017, 9, 68.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Water EISSN 2073-4441 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top