Infrastructure Planning in Beirut, Lebanonby M. A. Abdul-Malak, American Univ of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon,
I. Kaysi, American Univ of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon,
Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensive framework for structuring the decision process of planning for transportation infrastructure rehabilitation and development in the city of Beirut, Lebanon. First, the uncertainties characterizing the dominant variables are identified, and the inter relationships among these variables and the interdependencies of their outcomes are investigated and understood. Potential scenarios, each representing a combination of possible outcomes of dominant variables, are then devised. A dynamic framework for flexibility structuring the decision process is finally proposed. It incorporates the identified variables and devised scenarios in a manner that allows incremental/ sequential decisions to be made and revised or altered at a later stage in light prevailing conditions or newly acquired data.
Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Developing countries | Rehabilitation | Data processing | Frames | Urban areas | Uncertainty principles | Structural dynamics | Middle East | Lebanon | Beirut
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