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Chapter 8. Solving Problems Through Trip... > Fundamentals of a Feasibility Study

Fundamentals of a Feasibility Study

Purpose and Rationale

A feasibility study reports exploratory work performed to assess whether a larger project is advisable. The advisability can be based on any parameters that the authors want considered, like cost, physical feasibility, or schedule. This kind of report used to be called a recommendation report, because that is the essence of the report's importance.

More important than the description of work done to try to determine feasibility is the logic of the conclusion that the authors draw. A feasibility study is not complete without the recommendation; yet, the recommendation cannot be evaluated without the data on which it was based. So a feasibility study will usually contain two distinct sections, a descriptive section and an evaluative section. The descriptive section, like that of a lab report, will review in appropriate detail the tests performed to try to determine feasibility. The evaluative section will pull all the discrete conclusions together into an overall recommendation.


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