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Ranking Approach to Scheduling Repairs of a Water Distribution System for the Post-Disaster Response and Restoration Service

Institute of Environmental Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, ul. Berdychowo 4, 61-131 Poznań, Poland
Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, ul. Piotrowo 2, 60-965 Poznań, Poland
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Water 2019, 11(8), 1591;
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 27 July 2019 / Accepted: 29 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
On the maintenance task list of each water distribution system (WDS) operator, determination of the order of undertaken repairs seems quite a typical task. Characteristics of damages, their localization, and other factors that influence repair sequencing have a sound impact on the execution of such tasks. In the case of the most complex cases where numerous failures of different types occur at the very same time (i.e., due to earthquakes), there is a long list of selection criteria that have to be analyzed to deliver an objectively logical schedule for repair teams. In this article, authors attempt to find out if it is possible to define pipe rankings in having obtained the best factors for defined objective functions (criteria), making it feasible to deliver judicious repair sequencing. For the purposes of this paper, a survey has been carried out. Its conclusions made it possible to propose a method to create rankings of pipes and evaluate them using a selected multicriteria decision method: preference ranking organization method for enrichment evaluation (PROMETHEE). The work was carried out for five different disaster scenarios that had been supplied by ‘The Battle of Post-Disaster Response and Restoration’ organization committee. Obtained results might be further used to finetune this sequencing method of undertaken repairs, while conclusions could be useful to model similar events in WDS when required. This article is an extended paper based on the conference preprint presented at the 1st International Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA)/International Computing & Control for the Water Industry (CCWI) Joint Conference in July 23–25, 2018 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydraulic modelling; emergency response; PROMETHEE; multicriteria decision analysis hydraulic modelling; emergency response; PROMETHEE; multicriteria decision analysis
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Bałut, A.; Brodziak, R.; Bylka, J.; Zakrzewski, P. Ranking Approach to Scheduling Repairs of a Water Distribution System for the Post-Disaster Response and Restoration Service. Water 2019, 11, 1591.

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