Decision-support system yields better pipeline route

Selecting the best pipeline route considers not only the shortest total distance, accessibility, constructability, and governmental stipulations, but also operability, expansion capability, and maintainability.A decision-support system for pipeline route selection has been developed that applies an analytical hierarchy process (AHP), a multiple attribute decision-making technique.AHP takes account of all route-selection factors interactively. The system is demonstrated here through a case study of route selection.A cost-benefit comparison of the shortest route (conventionally selected) and optimal route establishes the effectiveness of the model.Goals; mistakesCross-country petroleum pipe...

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