Interlink decision making index (IDMI) -- a simple tool/concept to assist decision making for sustainability Part 1: definition of IDMI

Hu, Eric, Zou, L. and Roberts, M. 2003, Interlink decision making index (IDMI) -- a simple tool/concept to assist decision making for sustainability Part 1: definition of IDMI, in Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies, Japan Macro-Engineers Society, [Yokkaichi, Japan], pp. 261-265.

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Title Interlink decision making index (IDMI) -- a simple tool/concept to assist decision making for sustainability Part 1: definition of IDMI
Author(s) Hu, Eric
Zou, L.
Roberts, M.
Conference name Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (4th : 2003 : Yokkaichi, Japan)
Conference location Yokkaichi, Japan
Conference dates May 7-9, 2003
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Editor(s) Akiyoshi, Yuuko
Kinoshita, M.
Nitta, Y.
Yasuda, Y.
Yoshimo, F.
Publication date 2003
Series Macro Review. Special Issue : The Review of Japan Macro-Engineers Society
Conference series Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Start page 261
End page 265
Total pages 5
Publisher Japan Macro-Engineers Society
Place of publication [Yokkaichi, Japan]
Summary There is an apparent gap between the LCA or other assessment's outcomes and its effective application in the decision making process. It is needed to provide to the decision makers a simple, less human interfered mechanism that integrates all the key criteria (environmental, economic, technical and safety etc.). The proposed index: Interlink Decision Making Index (IDMI) has all these features: simple, interlink (all criteria) and automatically and quantified influence of critical criteria (ie. no human weighting needed) and is able to assist the multi-criteria decision making for sustainability based on the outcomes of specific assessments (eg. LCA, ElA etc.). The index represents a pure numerical value and does not necessarily have any physical meanings, but it reflects the total merits of a particular option once the normal decision making criteria and (up to two) critical criteria (CC) have been chosen. Then, without arbitrarily weighting process, the comparison and selection of the best possible option, ie. decision can be made based on the derived IDMI results. Two hypothetical examples are presented in part 2 of the paper to demonstrate the application of the IDMI concept and it's differences with the traditional "tabular method" in the decision making process.
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ISSN 0915-0560
Language eng
Field of Research 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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