Title: Strategic planning of rubber dams by the SWOT and SWOT-AHP methods in Iran

Authors: Mohammad Kazem Ghorbani; Hossein Hamidifar

Addresses: School of Civil, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846, Iran ' Water Engineering Department, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71441, Iran

Abstract: In recent years, the development of rubber dams or inflatable flexible membrane dams (IFMDs) has received more attention by researchers due to severe drought and flood conditions. The present study examine the strength (S), weakness (W), opportunity (O), and threat (T) factors or simply SWOT of development strategies of the IFMDs. To determine suitable strategies, the weights of the most important internal and external factors have been determined by the SWOT and the SWOT-AHP methods. The results demonstrated that the strengths-threats (ST) strategy must be considered in the development of these dams in Iran. Also, some strategies have been proposed for improved implementation of a comprehensive development program for better fulfilment of the strategic management of the IFMDs.

Keywords: rubber dam; strategic management; SWOT-AHP; SWOT; Iran.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2023.128718

International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology, 2023 Vol.15 No.2, pp.112 - 122

Received: 27 Jul 2020
Accepted: 10 Jun 2021

Published online: 02 Feb 2023 *

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