Preproject-planning process for capital facilities

G. E. Gibson, J. H. Kaczmarowski, H. E. Lore

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Preproject planning is defined as the process of developing sufficient strategic information for owners to address risk and decide whether to commit resources to maximize the change for a successful capital facility project. Preproject planning-also known as feasibility analysis, conceptual planning, and front-end planning-is at the interface between business and engineering. It is an owner's responsibility that it be performed adequately; however, many preproject-planning functions are performed by engineering consultants. Members of the engineering profession must be aware of its implications and requirements. This article presents results from an on-going investigation of preproject planning. The concept and definition of preproject planning are discussed. A validated process map describing the major subprocesses of preproject planning is presented and a brief narrative describing each is given. Key preproject-planning principles discovered during the course of the research project are outlined and conclusions concerning the preproject planning process are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-318
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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