A decision support system for the evaluation of eco-engineering strategies for slope protection

S. B. Mickovski, L. P. H. Van Beek

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A decision support system (DSS) has been developed to assist expert and non-expert users in the evaluation and selection of eco-engineering strategies for slope protection. This DSS combines a qualitative hazard assessment of erosion and mass movements with a detailed catalogue of eco-engineering strategies for slope protection of which the suitability is evaluated in relation to the data entered. The slope decision support system is a knowledge based DSS in which knowledge is stored in frames containing rules that can evaluate the available information for a project, stored as project specific information in a data file. The advantages of such a system are that it accepts incomplete information and that the qualitative nature of the information does not instil the user with a sense of unjustified exactitude. By its multidisciplinary and progressive nature, the DSS will be of value during the initial stages of an eco-engineering project when data collection and the potential of different eco-engineering strategies are considered. The accent of the output of the DSS is on the application of eco-engineering strategies for slope protection as an environmentally friendly solution aiding sustainable development. For its acceptance within the engineering community, the DSS needs to prove its predictive capacity. Therefore, its performance has been benchmarked against successful and unsuccessful cases of slope stabilisation using eco-engineering. The target audience and the areas of application of this DSS are reviewed and the strategies for further development in this area suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEco-and Ground Bio-Engineering: The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the First International Conference on Eco-Engineering
EditorsAlexis Stokes, Ionnis Spanos, Joanne E. Norris
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781402055928
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Plant and Soil Sciences


  • decision support system
  • slope protection
  • eco-engineering strategies
  • erosion


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