Feasibility Study

Once agreement has been made as to the responsibility of the consultant in any proposed project, as well as project time scales given, RHA would begin to undertake a feasibility study.

The first thing to establish here is the operational requirement. An operational requirement is simply a statement of needs based on a thorough systematic assessment of the problems to be solved and the solutions envisaged.

RHA endeavours to achieve a clear understanding of the Operational Requirement as this is fundamental to the design, testing and operation of an effective and economic system. This is established through thorough discussion with the client and other interested parties and in compliance with Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB) standards.

Site surveys are then carried out in order to identify equipment locations and mountings to satisfy the operational requirement – for example, the positioning of a camera to maximise CCTV coverage in a particular area and ensure that the required targets can be monitored and observed clearly.

Once this has been done, a control room survey is conducted – this could be to establish how the new equipment can be integrated into the existing system or indeed to establish a location where control, monitoring and recording can take place.

Finally once site locations and control room locations have been realised, an analysis is done to find the most cost effective means of communication between the two. A feasibility report is then compiled detailing the:

  • System design proposal to meet the Operation Requirements to PSDB and user group standards.
  • Proposed system locations, together with a detailed plan.
  • Method of communication
  • Budgetary costs for supply, installation, commission and estimated running costs of the scheme.

Once the proposals have then be approved and any amendments discussed, a full technical specification can be drawn up to be included in the tender documentation.