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Various methods and techniques can be used to facilitate the overall geodesign process. Some of the techniques are generic, in that they can be applied to different aspects of the process. Others are more specific, in that they are most appropriately applied to one specific aspect of the process.

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Critical Path Method (CPM)

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Cross Impact Analysis

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Mapping and Decision Diagram

The Mapping and Decision (MAD) Diagram is usually a hand drawn diagram showing how spatial data is utilized throughout the project. It shows how source data layers are processed using selected geoprocessing functions to produce derivative layers, and how those layers are used to produce additional layers and so forth. More

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Data Dictionary

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Data Interpretation

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Interval Scale

Planning Values (PVs) are used to assess the relative degree of acceptance (suitability, sensitivity, vulnerability, etc.) associated with features on a map. The degree of acceptance, which is typically a subjective assessment, can be measured on a 9-point interval scale. More

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Ratio Scale

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Delphi Process

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Analytic Hierarchy Process

The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is a structured technique for organizing and analyzing complex decisions, based on mathematics and psychology. It has particular application in group decision making, and is used around the world in a wide variety of decision situations, in fields such as government, business, industry, healthcare, shipbuilding and education. More

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Criteria Evaluation Matrix

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Pair-Wise Comparison

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Weighted Overlay

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Morphological Analysis

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Adjacency Analysis

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Operational Sequence Analysis

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Linear Programming

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Input-Output Analysis

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Life-Cycle Economic Analysis

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Triple Bottom Line

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Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a structured approach to defining customer needs or requirements and translating them into specific plans to produce products to meet those needs. The “voice of the customer” is the term to describe these stated and unstated customer needs or requirements. For more information see: More

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