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Giselle Tavora / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 03:05:29 PM »
Elicitation of Criteria Importance Weights through the Simos Methods – A Case Study on Decommissioning Subsea Structures
Giselle da Silva Távora, Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute – Graduate School and Research in Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Carlos Eduardo Infante, Federal University of São João del Rei,
Laurelena Crescencio Palhano, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Marcelo Igor Lourenco de Souza, Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute – Graduate School and Research in Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Jean-David Caprace, Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute – Graduate School and Research in Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
With the end of life of several Brazilian oil fields, the decommissioning of submarine structures is a challenge to be faced, since there are still no consolidated methodologies to assess the general view of the problem to be found. Currently, pipelines represent a significant amount of all structures to be removed and the final disposition is one of the most important aspects to be analyzed. Decommissioning is expected to occur, once the depletion of resources or the useful life of the production units are reached.
Total removal by cutting and elevating sections of pipe, removal of the entire length of the pipe by reverse s-lay, abandonment in situ with dumping rocks at the ends of the pipe and total abandonment are several alternatives to be considered in the subsea decomissinging problem. Meawhile, the creiteria to be considered for the assessment are: Environment, Safety, Economy, Tehcnical and Social.
A significant factor pertaining to the non-compensatory multicriteria decision aiding models (MCDA), such as the outranking methods, i.e. PROMETHEE, is the criteria weighting, or the importance of the criteria. Generally, these parameters imprint the preferences of a single decision maker to the model. The existing methods, which are widely used to assess the criteria importance weights, could be classified into two categories: direct assessment procedures, where the decision maker is asked to explicitly express the criteria weights in terms of percentages, and indirect methods, inferring the weights from pairwise comparisons of the criteria.
The method proposed by Jean Simos in 1990 has gained popularity and has been applied to different types of problems to solve the weaknesses of the previous methods, due to its simplicity, and the convenience it provides to the decision makers to express his preferences.
Specifically, it requires the construction of a hierarchy on the evaluation criteria, by involving the decision maker to a “playing cards” procedure, in order to attribute numerical values to them. Nevertheless, the process recommended by Simos and its revised version proposed by Figueira and Roy (2002) have some robustness issues. In particular, they arbitrarily calculate a unique weighting vector, even though there exist infinitely more weight vectors, also satisfying the preferential statements, which have been defined by the DM during the initial arrangement of the cards.
The purpose of this paper is to expose the robustness problem of the improved Simos method observed during a large scale case study applied to decommissioning of subsea structures.
The results has been collected during a workshop held with the presence of several Oil and Gas companies, educational institutions and regulatory bodies. The participants were divided into five people per table, each participant specialized in one criterion. The people around the table and the scenarios to be analysed has been systematically varied in order to analise the influence of each decision maker teams.
In each scenario, characteristics related to distance from the oil field, water depth, presence or absence of diving, location of the country, presence or absence of Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials, crossings of pipes, type of seabed, type of fishing and marine life were proposed.
The main outcome of the study shows the variance between the different weights proposed by the decision making teams depending of the people around the table and the scenarios considered. The robustness problem of the Simos method has therefore been exposed and quantified for this specific situation.
Dimitra Zangana / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 03:04:13 PM »
Energy Design and Multicriteria Decision Analysis in a New Residential Building - Study on the Application of Thermal Insulation and Systems
In this study, an attempt was made to design and study a new two-storey house with energy planning criteria. At the theoretical level, the principles and systems used for building energy planning and the importance of multicriteria analysis in decision-making on this issue were analyzed.
The main criterion for the energy efficiency of the construction outside the bioclimatic design was the thermal insulation of the building where multi-criteria analysis was applied with the Visual Promethee application to select the most suitable thermal insulation material. Equal weights of criteria were analyzed, but also different weights calculated through personal interviews with civil engineers were applied. The results of the two analyses were compared. In the case of analysis with different criteria weights, the expanded polystyrene is followed by stone wool, while for the analysis with similar criteria weights expanded cork ICB is the best alternative.
Also, based on the case with similar weights, the two predominant thermal insulation materials (expanded polystyrene and rock wool) were introduced into the building's components and analyses were carried out showing the needs for cooling and heating of the new home in the four climate environments using Revit. Comparison and annotation of the analyses for the heating and cooling needs according to the peak loads for the two thermal insulation materials in the climate zones also took place.
In terms of peak load for cooling, rockwool in climatic zones B and D exhibits little difference in efficacy in comparison to expanded polystyrene. In the other two climate zones expanded polystyrene predominates. Polystyrene is particularly effective when applied to climatic zone A. On the other hand, for peak loads, rockwool in climatic zone B and D. performs better in climatic zone B than in climatic zone B compared to expanded polystyrene. while in zone D the largest difference is found in the two materials. In the other two zones, expanded polystyrene is superior to rock wool, with a significant difference being present in climate zone A. On the ground floor, climate zones A and C are more efficient, while for the other two, rock wool is the most efficient. On floor for climatic zones C and D the most effective is cotton wool, for climatic zone A expanded polystyrene while for B the insulating materials exhibit similar peak loads for cooling. Finally, the building is presented with proposed interventions such as the addition of passive and energy solar systems, addition of vegetation and devices that enhance natural cooling / lighting.
Keywords: Multi Criteria Analysis, Energy Design, Peak Loads, Visual PROMETHEE, Revit.
Bertrand Mareschal / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 03:01:35 PM »
How to choose the correct preference function with PROMETHEE
The PROMETHEE methods are one of the most widely used families of outranking methods. They rely on preference modeling through the definition of preference functions and the assessment of different thresholds. This step is often overlooked or done in an inappropriate way. This can lead to wrong results. In this paper, we recall the definition of the PROMETHEE preference functions and we introduce general guidelines to properly assess preference functions to different types of criteria and to define the values of the associated thresholds
Jean-Philippe Waaub / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 03:00:58 PM »
Participation of stakeholders in MCDA: processes and tools
This contribution emphasizes the participation of stakeholders in the field of environmental assessment and more specifically their participation supported by a multi-criteria decision aid approach (MCDA) which could also be presented as a multicriteria aiding approach for consultation, deliberation or negotiation in view of a decision. In this regard, the system of actors for environmental assessment is presented. The processes involved must be aligned: planning, environmental assessment, participation, multi-criteria support. Environmental assessment is a complex field, where interdisciplinarity is a necessity which can judiciously be handled by a multi-criteria approach, where the stakeholders are potentially very numerous, and where the search for solutions and the related issues are often conflicting. The necessary prerequisites to implement a participatory and contributory approach are therefore specified. Stakeholder participation can take different forms depending on the MCDA methods that support environmental assessment. It can be more or less contributory depending on the degree of stakeholder involvement and also depending on the stages in which stakeholders are invited to participate. It can also be supported in a flexible and non-directive manner or even be more or less strongly framed. Depending on the resources available, participation can be facilitated by an expert member of the environmental assessment team or benefit from a facilitator, or even a mediator or negotiator. The advantages and disadvantages of insisting on the settlement of certain disagreements or conflicts upstream of the process or more downstream are presented. The emphasis is on sharing upstream the performance table of the scenarios analyzed or rather to postpone these questions at the end of the process, when providing the recommendations to the authority in charge of making the final decision to accept or not and under what conditions the proposal submitted for environmental assessment. Each step of the environmental assessment is discussed with regard to stakeholder participation, supported by a MCDA approach and the tools that can support that participation. From here, all the elements are treated within the framework of the PROMETHEE and GAIA multi-criteria methods implemented by the Visual PROMETHEE software. Of course, many elements are also applicable following other multi-criteria methods. The very first thus addresses the question of who participates and at what stages depending on the problem posed either at the project or strategic level (policy, plan, program). The concept of restricted societal participation is discussed. With regard to the stages of problem definition, namely: the identification of scenarios, issues, criteria and measurement indicators, collective working tools are proposed. With regard to the scenario performance table according to each of the impact criteria, the question of scientific knowledge, and local, contextualized, endogenous or traditional knowledge is addressed. Sometimes you also have to deal with data gaps or missing data. Proposals are made to take advantage of the available experts as well as the stakeholders involved. Regarding stakeholder preferences and priorities, a few tools are available. It is indeed not easy for the participants to establish the bases for comparing the scenarios on the same criterion according to the measurement scale used. They do not all have the same way of setting their preferences. Also, how to help them establishing their priorities among the issues and the criteria that reflect them. Should the criteria be weighted or not? If yes, how to proceed? Finally, the tools offered by Visual PROMETHEE help to facilitate discussions between participants. The contributions of each of these tools are presented, including the sensitivity and robustness analyzes essential to deal with indecisions, uncertainties or specific conflicts. The questions related to the sharing of results specific to each participant and to the group are discussed, as well as those related to the degree of interactivity of the participants with the Visual PROMETHEE software is also presented. All of these points are illustrated from case studies conducted by the author and the GEIGER team over the past 20 years.
He Huang / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 03:00:02 PM »
PROMETHEE V in Multi-Stakeholders – Reaching the Consensus on portfolios under Constraints
Decisions including public stakeholders are often complex and need to consider various conflicting criteria. PROMETHEE is an outranking method to treat multi-criteria problems with a discrete set of available alternatives that has been widely applied in public decision making. In order to find a preferred alternative, PROMETHEE I and II can be used to determine a partial or complete ranking based on the decision-makers' (DMs) preference. Some real-world decisions, however, require determining a set or portfolio of alternatives regarding goals and constraints given by multiple DM. Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) is applied to cluster the points of view from DMs with different interests and preferences, so-called stakeholders. The goal is to find a subset of good alternatives maximizing the PROMETHEE net flow while reaching consensus among the involved DMs. We present a linear optimization model based on PROMETHEE V to reach consensus between the DMs while considering various constraints. We illustrate this approach with a case study of a school street implementation case from Learning Loops in the Public Realm (LOOPER) project which is aimed to develop new ways of decision-making that bring together citizens, stakeholders, and policy-makers by building a participatory co-creation methodology and platform that demonstrate ‘learning loops’. Different alternatives are proposed to improve safety around a school located in Schaerbeek. More than one alternative can be chosen to achieve the objective. However, there are some constraints for these alternatives, e.g., budget for the infrastructures and limited labor powers. By applying the model, sets of alternatives are chosen that satisfy the stakeholders and the given constraints.
Zhor Chergui / Abstract
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on April 08, 2020, 02:58:56 PM »
Promethee methods: sensibility study & remarks
In the case of a decision rule based on an aggregation function that places us in the Arrow’s theorem
context, it is not possible to check some mathematical properties simultaneously. Indeed, to
construct a method using the same concepts, we can not abandon the principles of unanimity,
universality and non-dictatorship. Thus, the only two principles between which we have to choose
are the transitivity and the independence. In other words, it is impossible to build an ordinal method
verifying the transitivity and the independence at the same time. A thorough analysis has shown the
impossibility to find and\or define MCDM methods satisfying some derived mathematics properties
In this paper, we study the sensibility of Promethee family methods to the use of different versions
of independence and transitivity. On this basis, we construct rules and mathematical conditions
upon which Promethee family keep their original results. In case of change of the original
outranking, we propose post-optimality studies and enquiries allowing to expect the new results and
their values.
MCDM methods; performance evaluation; preference modelling; multicriteria analysis; Promethee;
independence property; transitivity property.
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General Discussion / Let us stick together, virtually
« Last post by Bertrand Mareschal on March 26, 2020, 01:17:10 PM »
Dear forum members, Dear friends,

We are all facing difficult times that have a strong impact on our personal and professional lives. And we don't know how the situation will evolve during the next weeks/months.

I sincerely hope that all of you, your families and your friends, are well. It would be nice for all the members of our community to know that you are safe.

Please don't hesitate to share information and news through the PROMETHEE Methods LinkedIn group:

I will be very happy and reassured to receive news from you.

With respect to the organization of PD2020 (which is much less important than our health), the Scientific and Organizing Committees are waiting until the end of the month to reassess the situation.

Please take care.

Best regards,
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