Selection of Site-specific Stabilization Techniques
A troubling irony will become apparent in the course of using the matrix approach.
Even though this is a quantitative and objective procedure, one can arrive at different
conclusions by changing the weight of the various factors and/or changing the ratings of the
different stabilization methods, while still remaining within a reasonable range of values of
weights and ratings. This irony illustrates that the procedure is not a substitute for
engineering judgement, but is merely a catalyst for engineering judgement, a mechanism for
considering all relevant factors and all appropriate alternatives, thus reducing the probability
of a major oversight.