Capabilities: Decision Support

Most real world problems involve competition for resources and require that choices be made between options that all, to a greater or lesser extent, would satisfy project objectives. 

The choices that need to be made on project alternatives (or even whether or not the project should proceed) encompass the "quadruple bottom line" of "people, planet, profit and performance".

Environment North has successfully assisted clients in developing computer-based quantitative and semi-quantitative tools that support decision-making by deriving often simple measures for assessing complex matters. The approach involves mapping environmental and other constraints and then developing "rules" for these, ranging from "no constraint" to "no go". After using these constraints rules to develop a number of project options, the same basic information can then be used to evaluate the performance of these options using a quantitative variant of the multi-criteria analysis (MCA) approach.

These tools (including MCA and other techniques) have been applied successfully to road projects (e.g. Kuranda Range Road Upgrade, the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project, Ella Bay Access Road).

Our work with Origin Energy involved the use of environmental and other information in detailed constraints analysis and masterplanning for locating Coal Seam Gas infrastructure in sensitive environments with many environmental, social, and technical constraints.