At Proxion Process, we fully understand that operational feasibility is dependent on human and technical resources available for a particular existing or new process and involves projecting whether the process’ maximum fit-for-purpose and performance indicators will be attainable if it is developed and implemented.
Operational feasibility is a measure of how well a proposed process system solves the problems, provides the required solutions, takes advantage of the opportunities identified during scope definition and how it satisfies the requirements identified in the requirements analysis phase of process system development.
Operational feasibilities reviews the willingness of your organisation to support the proposed process system. This is probably the most difficult of the feasibilities to gauge. In order to determine this feasibility, it is important to understand the management commitment to the proposed project. If the request was initiated by management, it is likely that there is management support and the system will be accepted and used. However, it is also important that the employee base and plant personnel will be accepting of the change.
Some essential questions that Proxion Process engineers employ in testing the operational feasibility of a process system include but are not limited to the following:
• Does the current mode of operation provide adequate throughput and response time?
• Does the current mode provide end users and managers with timely, pertinent, accurate and useful formatted information?
• Does the current mode of operation provide cost-effective production to the plant or business?
• Could there be a reduction in cost and/or an increase in benefits?
• Does the current mode of operation offer effective process controls to protect against damage to assets, environment and people?
• Does the current mode of operation make maximum use of available resources, including people, time, feedstocks and equipment?
• Does the current mode of operation provide reliable and sustainable services?
• Are the services flexible and expandable?
• Are the current work practices and procedures adequate to support the new process system?
• If the process system is developed, will it be fully used?
• Are there any manpower problems?
• Are there any labour objections?
• Will there be manager resistance?
• Will there be organisational conflicts and policies?
• Will it comply with government regulations?
• Does management and plant personnel support the project?
• Will it reduce the time (operation) considerably?
• Will the proposed process system really benefit the organisation?
• Does the overall response increase?
• Will the system affect existing processes in considerable way?
• How do the existing personnel feel about their role in the new process system?
• What existing personnel or managers may resist or not use the system?
• How will the existing working environment change?
• Can or will existing personnel and management adapt to the change?