Priority setting in maintenance management: A modified multi-attribute approach using analytic hierarchy process

Qiping Shen, Kak Keung Lo, Qian Wang

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In the current economic climate, budgets for the maintenance of public buildings are unlikely to meet the ever-increasing maintenance needs. Although it is unlikely that this problem can be overcome completely without an injection of further resources, it is possible for government maintenance authorities to improve the situation by ensuring that the best solution in terms of 'value for money' is achieved in the planned maintenance programme. A maintenance plan which is based on a rational assessment of priorities and up-to-date knowledge of the condition of the property stock will help to ensure the best use of available resources. Based on the multi-attribute maintenance prioritization model developed by Alan Spedding, Roy Holmes and Qiping Shen at the University of West of England, which is simple in practice and flexible from a management point of view, this paper presents the results of some further research into this area by modifying the original model using an analytical hierarchy process in deciding the weightings of the criteria set out in the prioritization model. This modified model is more quantitative and objective than the original model. The validation of the framework is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-702
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Analytic hierarchy process (AHP)
  • Multi-attribute prioritization
  • Planned maintenance
  • Priority setting
  • Public buildings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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