FEASIBLE STUDIES

Based on an interactive review of the client’s relevant issues and goals, these studies incorporate some or all of the following aspects, resulting in conclusions that seeks to define the client’s optimum solution:  a fact finding phase to establish existing conditions and the client’s requirements: logistical analysis to define required performance criteria for transportation systems and/or terminals; conceptual design of alternate solutions; opinions of probable costs (OPC) for relevant expenditures for each alternative (capital, transportation, inventory, and operations); preliminary timelines for each alternative; comparative analysis of alternatives based on financial and non-monetary economic factors; and conclusions/recommendations based on the analysis.  Financial analysis are based on discounted cash flows, and can be presented as equivalent annual costs, life-cycle costs, or cost/benefit evaluations. Written reports with executive summary, written and tabular presentations of analysis, relevant drawings, and illustrative graphics, are provided, and Power Point presentations can be included.
Examples:

Bauxite Transportation Systems,  BHP Billiton, Suriname
Study in 2001 of a transportation network to deliver bauxite from a new domestic mine in southwest Suriname to a refinery in northeast Suriname.  This network involved developing a dedicated railroad, a barge system capable of navigating in two different rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, and three different terminals. The study included the logistical analysis and conceptual design for the railroad track system, the rail rolling stock, the barge transportation system, and the terminals; opinions of probable cost for capital, operating, and transportation expenditures for the rail system and terminals; a RFP for the barge transportation system, and analysis of bids received; and financial analysis of the of the capital, operating, and transportation costs for various alternatives.

A study in 2002 involving the logistical analysis, conceptual designs, opinions of probable cost, and economic analysis of transportation alternatives for importing bauxite into Suriname.  The studies considered ocean freight, a shuttle barge system for transshipment options, dredging options, and an import terminal.

Dupuy Silo Facility (Green Coffee Beans), Jacksonville, FL
The project involved a facility to receive store, blend, and ship green coffee beans imported in containers from around the world.  Some containers are filled with 70 kilo bags, but the majority has bulk loads of beams contained in a single liner. Using separate systems to unload the bags and lined containers, all of the coffee is transferred in bulk form to storage silos equipped with a reclaim system capable of blending to specified formulas. The blended coffee is shipped in either a dedicated fleet of custom-built top-loaded containers, or end-loaded into lined containers.  The study phase for this project included logistical analysis, conceptual design, OPC for capital costs, proforma projections for operation costs, and a business plan for the developer that included a cost/benefit financial analysis.  Other services related to this completed project included site selection, oversight of design and construction management, and performance testing.  

Alternative Transportation Networks to Import Cement, Alamo Cement, Houston TX
Alternate networks of transportation and terminals to import cement: 1) ship unloading at existing terminal in New Orleans, barge transportation, and barge unloading terminal; 2) mid-stream ship unloading on Mississippi River, barge transportation, and barge unloading terminal; and 3) ship unloading terminal at Houston.