We develop analytical frameworks for decision support.
RISK ASSESSMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Our approach to risk assessment and risk management involves identifying and evaluating risks based on the consensus opinion of subject matter experts. We conduct both qualitative and quantitative assessments to understand key drivers of risk. We conduct quantitative cost and schedule risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation methods. We integrate project schedule within the risk analysis model to account for the cost impacts of schedule risks. Our staff have conducted project risk analysis studies for highway and transit projects sponsored by FHWA and FTA and our is aligned with their guidance. We help owners understand how much their project will cost, how long it will take, along with the key drivers of risk. This process allows for improved confidence in budgeting for major infrastructure projects.
We conduct benefit-cost analysis of infrastructure projects, including Triple-Bottom-Line and Return-on-Investment studies to help owners determine the social value of a proposed investment. Our process can assist in the evaluation of various build alternatives to identify the one with the best return or be used in the evaluation of public benefits of infrastructure investment to help structure appropriate partnership deals involving public and private sectors. We conduct benefit-cost analysis in support of grant funding applications, such as USDOT discretionary grants including Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant programs.
LIFE-CYCLE COST & COST EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS
We conduct Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Cost Effectiveness studies to help owners understand the full cost of potential infrastructure investments. Our approach accounts for costs over the project’s life-cycle including initial construction costs, rehabilitation and maintenance procedure costs, and cost of user impacts during construction and maintenance. This approach can help owners narrow down multiple alternatives to identify those that are most cost effective.
ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY/ P3 EVALUATION
We specialize in the evaluation of risk for Public-Private Partnership (P3) and other Alternative Delivery Methods. Our consensus-based approach to these risk evaluations involves soliciting input from project team members, stakeholders and subject matter experts. These evaluations include an assessment of public sector risk exposure as well as the value of risk transfer to private developers. This type of risk assessment is a critical component in the Value for Money (VfM) analysis to help agencies select the appropriate delivery method.
We are skilled in financial analysis, including financial modeling, forecasting, cash flow analysis, and analysis of financial viability of infrastructure investments. We have developed financial models for public agencies, including rate models used by municipalities to develop and test rate strategies for funding their programs.
DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS
We have developed custom decision support tools for public sector clients. These tools build upon the analytical frameworks we develop and translate these frameworks into user friendly applications for use by our clients.