Abstract Evaluation of competitive bids for large engineering projects such as desalination plant construction requires careful consideration of several factors other than pure economic merits; namely, technical characteristics of bids, the socio-political situation, safety merits, environmental aspects, public acceptance and other non-financial aspects. A method is developed here based on verbal judgment and fuzzy set theory to allow for comprehensive and systematic formal evaluation of bids. The method is applied to a case study and can be directly used by the technical team to make the final conclusion. The method is implemented in the form of a computer code (MAFDA) which is suitable for interactive computer facilities.

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