Ranking the sawability of ornamental and building stones using different MCDM methods

  • Mehdi Abdollahi Kamran Urmia University of Technology
  • Maziar Khoshsirat Urmia University of Technology
  • Reza Mikaeil Urmia University of Technology
  • Fatemeh Nikkhoo University of Tehran, Fouman
Keywords: Multi-criteria decision making methods (COPRAS, ELECTREII, PROMETHEEII, QUALIFLEX, REGIME, TOPSIS, VICOR), Ranking, Sawability, Stone


Stone cutting has got an important role and place in the development of stone technology as the first and most important engineering process of stone production. The selection of proper stone with high sawability is very impressive on the quality and time and energy consumption. Therefore, deciding on the selection of stone with several characteristics, often opposing to each other, is difficult and complicated. Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods are suggested to solve such problems. In this research, ranking of 12 cases of decorative stones of two carbonate and granite types is conducted. Firstly, the initial ranking of cases was conducted using MCDM methods including TOPSIS, ELECTRE II, PROMETHEE II, VIKOR, ORESTE and COPRAS. Also, Spearman’s ranking correlation coefficient indicated that most of the foregoing six methods have high correlation, and there exist little differences between them. Secondly, regarding the differences between the rankings of the methods, two MCDM techniques of REGIME and QUALIFLEX were employed in order to achieve a single consistent ranking. The results showed that these two methods lead to identical coherent ranking.

Author Biographies

Mehdi Abdollahi Kamran, Urmia University of Technology
Department of Industrial Engineering
Maziar Khoshsirat, Urmia University of Technology
Department of Industrial Engineering
Reza Mikaeil, Urmia University of Technology
Department of Mining Engineering
Fatemeh Nikkhoo, University of Tehran, Fouman
Department of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering


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