InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleA framework for multi-criteria decision support in sustainable through-life management of industrial assets
Primary AuthorStefanie Niekamp, TWI Ltd, Cambridge; University of Surrey
Other Author(s) Ujjwal Bharadwaj; Jhuma Sadhukhan; Marios Chryssanthopoulos
Pages 444 - 455
Article ID sdm14-088
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractThe aim of this research is to present rational decision support for sustainable management of industrial assets in situations where there are multiple conflicting objectives. For this purpose, a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) framework that incorporates sustainability criteria over the whole life cycle has been developed. The basic needs of such a framework are reviewed and an initial concept is presented. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) criteria are discussed in-depth. These criteria provide a combination of the costs and environmental impacts that occur throughout the life phases of an industrial asset, including initial, operation and maintenance phases, any associated failure and the end of life phase. Moreover, preference weighting and uncertainty are considered explicitly allowing for higher confidence in the results. In order to facilitate stakeholder communication, numerical results are visualised. Contributions and scoring of the chosen criteria are depicted which help to identify most relevant parameters. Finally performance scores can be aggregated with the aid of MCDA techniques.
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