Multiple Criteria Theory and Airport Site Evaluation

by John J. Jarvis, Prof. of Engrg.; Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, Ga.,
Joseph C. Corradino, (A.M.ASCE), Principal; Schimpeler.Corradino Assocs., Louisville, Ky.,
Charles C. Schimpeler, (M.ASCE), Principal; Schimpeler. Corradino Assocs., Louisville, Ky.,
V. Ed Unger, Prof. of Engrg.; Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, Ga.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 187-197

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper presents the application of multiple criteria decision theory to the selection of a new airport site. Utility values for various criteria are developed using ranking and rating techniques. Data on the ten criteria for the nine alternative sites were presented to a Site Evaluation Committee to obtain effectiveness measures. Nonparametric statistical tests are applied to determine the degree of agreement among the citizen committee members (both airport professionals and nonairport professionals) and to validate the process upon which the ultimate decision for the site location is made.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Site investigation | Parameters (statistics) | Licensure and certification | Ratings | Agreements and treaties | Validation

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