Developing a fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making model for selecting design-build operational variations

Xia, Bo, Chan, Albert, & Yeung, John F. Y. (2011) Developing a fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making model for selecting design-build operational variations. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 137(12), pp. 1176-1184.

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Many academic researchers have conducted studies on the selection of design-build (DB) delivery method; however, there are few studies on the selection of DB operational variations, which poses challenges to many clients. The selection of DB operational variation is a multi-criteria decision making process that requires clients to objectively evaluate the performance of each DB operational variation with reference to the selection criteria. This evaluation process is often characterized by subjectivity and uncertainty. In order to resolve this deficiency, the current investigation aimed to establish a fuzzy multicriteria decision-making (FMCDM) model for selecting the most suitable DB operational variation. A three-round Delphi questionnaire survey was conducted to identify the selection criteria and their relative importance. A fuzzy set theory approach, namely the modified horizontal approach with the bisector error method, was applied to establish the fuzzy membership functions, which enables clients to perform quantitative calculations on the performance of each DB operational variation. The FMCDM was developed using the weighted mean method to aggregate the overall performance of DB operational variations with regard to the selection criteria. The proposed FMCDM model enables clients to perform quantitative calculations in a fuzzy decision-making environment and provides a useful tool to cope with different project attributes.

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ID Code: 48630
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design-build, Fuzzy set , multi-criteria decision-making, China
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000381
ISSN: 1943-7862
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 ASCE
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2012 06:04
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2012 15:49

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