Categorization of the condition of railway embankments using a multi-attribute utility theory

Meho Saša Kovacevic, Mario Bacic, Irina Stipanovic, Kenneth Gavin

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In the current economic climate, it is crucial to optimize the use of all resources regarding railway infrastructure maintenance. In this paper, a multi-attribute decision support framework is applied to categorize railway embankments in order to prioritize maintenance activities. The paper describes a methodology to first determine the current condition of embankments using a combination of ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys, visual inspection, and historical data about maintenance activities. These attributes are then used for the development of a multi-attribute utility theory model, which can be used as a support for decision making process for maintenance planning. The methodology is demonstrated for the categorization of 181 km of railway embankments in Croatia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5089
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019


  • Condition assessment
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Multi-attribute utility theory
  • Railway Embankment


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