Technical Consulting

Technical consulting can be carried out with varying degrees of rigor and is the first step to a program’s Design Planning phase of work. In its simplest terms, the two criteria when judging technical feasibility of a prospective initiative are: (1) the cost required to execute, and (2) the value derived from a triple-bottom-line context (i.e. financial, environmental, and social). The aim of technical consulting is to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and risks of existing or proposed initiatives, the resources required to carry through, and ultimately the prospects for success. Technical consulting should precede detailed design planning, engineering (if needed), and implementation of a program.

A well-designed technical study should include (but is not limited to) objective and unbiased information like historical operational context, clear initiative/project statement, physical characteristics/constraints of a system, initiative/project efficacy, operability and financial analysis, marketing campaign plans, integration of academic programming, and funding opportunities. Technical consulting also serves to harmonize design planning with program management practices to maximize net-benefit to an organization.