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What does a Feasibility Study show?

A Feasibility Study can determine whether a project will be viable depending on the proposed environment and route. Completing a Feasibility Study prior to the start of a project assists in increasing design and construct-ability confidence.

Complex issues such as planning permissions and land use regulations can be addressed during the Feasibility Study stage. Risks can be assessed which can also assist with other project documentation such as the business case, project execution plan and strategic brief.

Route Options Finding (ROF)

This is a desktop exercise that helps to identify realistic and possible route options between the point of connection and point of supply. The various route options are presented to the client and Local Authority and a preferred route option is chosen between all parties.

Typical route choosing factors include:

  • Special Engineering Difficulties
  • Pinch Points
  • Road Types
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Utility Route Length
  • Proposed Cross Section


Special Engineering Difficulty Investigation (SEDI)

Before the commencement of any Feasibility Study works we recommend undertaking an investigation on all SED’s along the preferred route.

The investigation ranges from obtaining the structure records through non-intrusive GPR and CAT Scan surveys to geotechnical investigation e.g. boreholes and trial holes with the required level of reporting. A route proposal is then produced in plan and long section views and recommendations are clearly highlighted. The aim is to avoid unnecessary future spend.

Typical SED’s are:

  • Bridge Decks
  • Culverts
  • Canals
  • Railways
  • Rivers
  • Motorways
  • High Risk Utilities


Site Reconnaissance

The Site Reconnaissance is a desktop exercise combined with a site walk-through and is aimed to confirm the route proposal (where Underground Utility Detection may not be necessary). The study is handed over in CAD, PDF, Word and Excel formats and inclusive of the proposal being superimposed on the route photographs.

Underground Utility Detection

The Underground Utility Detection raises the confidence level and accuracy of the data within a given section. A basic topographical survey also takes place to ensure that all relevant aboveground infrastructure is captured. The route proposal is then updated as per the survey result. The aim is to confirm utility location along sections of the preferred route.


Geotechnical Investigation (GI)

A Geotechnical Investigation includes core sampling, borehole and trial hole excavations as per specific project requirements. We also offer in-situ and laboratory testing.

The Geotechnical investigation is the final touch on the Feasibility Studies. It enables the verification of the previously collated information on buried services, structures or ground profiles confirming the accuracy and feasibility or the route proposed.

Why choose Catsurveys?

We offer a range of flexible service solutions for Feasibility Studies and assist our clients in determining which level of details will be required to achieve their goal. The work is tailored to each client's needs and our aim is to provide cost and time effective planning at an early stage of the project to support our clients in decision making.

We recognise the importance of an in-depth project management throughout the stages of Feasibility Study for efficient project completion. Our clerk of works option can follow through the project during the construction phase to make sure the client’s expectations are met, such as safety, deadlines and allocated budget.

If you would like to discuss our services in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact us via our online form or call our team on 01277 226600.

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