Conceptual fuzzy-based decision support tool for soil improvement under highway embankment - a case study of HaNoi–HaiPhong expressway

Trinh Dinh Toan, Soi Hoi Lam, Yiik Diew Wong, Meng Meng

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Abstract

In this research, a fuzzy rule–based decision support (FRBDS) tool is developed to assist selection of ground treatment techniques for road embankments. Using input variables such as embankment height, geological condition and soft soil thickness, the FRBDS evaluates the ground treatment level, based upon which the highway engineer determines a suitable treatment method taking into account project constraints. In the case study, the FRBDS is applied for a 10-km package of HaNoi–HaiPhong expressway construction project and is evaluated in comparison to expert judgements. The results show that the treatment methods provided by the two approaches are similar for 36 out of 52 sections of the package, but the FRBDS provides more consistent and rational solutions. In particular, the FRBDS significantly reduces technological fragmentation. It can be concluded that the FRBDS is a useful tool that establishes structured innovative solutions to improve the quality of decision-making for large transportation projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-309
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
Volume17
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We highly appreciate the VIDIFI, the employer of HaNoi–HaiPhong Expressway Project in providing the project appraisal report and data on geological report of soil survey used in this research.

Keywords

  • decision support
  • decision-making
  • Fuzzy rule base
  • soft ground
  • treatment technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science

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