The decision process developed in project 4080 was turned into this software tool. The software walks the reader step-by-step (tab-by-tab) through the evaluation process. The user is prompted to answer a series of questions. Most queries have “Note” sections where the user can add additional documentation related to the questions as desired. As the decision tool is targeted at developing an intake development plan, it is assumed that the user has already determined the desalting process scenario to the extent that he/she knows the volume of feed water the process will need.
If intake design options are deemed unfeasible at any point in the process, they are eliminated from further consideration. This process delivers technically defensible options that help a user evaluate and select which options are best for the application.