Studies and Planning

Master Planning

Master planning at Al-Amar Consulting is a collaborative, multi-year process to develop a vision that will guide investment in physical spaces that support future academic programs and a more vibrant living and learning campus. This process requires the university to comprehensively understand academic needs, the student life experience, existing physical spaces, and fiscal realit


Feasibility and Pre-feasibility Studies

As part of a private nonprofit, Al-Amar is independent and impartial and provides fair and objective feasibility studies, maintaining technology neutrality, and conducting routine due diligence on equipment vendors and their technology claims. There are a number of vendors in this emerging industry and as many claims to their technology’s capabilities. BERC’s ability to cut through marketing hype and determine a system’s actual capabilities will ensure the best choice for a facility’s heating needs.

Al-Amar has learned that the most cost-effective approach to studying the feasibility for a biomass energy project is to approach the study in stages. We advise not spending too much time, effort, or money on a full feasibility study before discovering whether the potential project makes basic economic sense. So at the outset of considering a project, BERC generally suggests undertaking a pre-feasibility study. This is a basic assessment, not yet at the engineering level, to determine the project's apparent cost effectiveness.

As a result of the pre-feasibility study, BERC will candidly suggest what prospects for biomass energy production appear worth studying further, and what the key issues need resolving for successful design and implementation. We will report on whether available technologies are right for the potential project, or if emerging technologies may be better-suited, and, if so, when they are likely to become commercially available in proven form.

The pre-feasibility study builds confidence among stakeholders and potential users of a project. If the project then proceeds to the next level, BERC can oversee a new level of study, by certified professional engineers. For a larger-scale project, we may recommend several stages of feasibility studies. For smaller projects, such as biomass heating systems for schools, BERC has been working to develop the simplest, easiest possible process of reliably studying feasibility. We seek first to learn as much as possible from existing data and via phone contacts, and then recommend whether it makes economic sense to bring professional resources on site.


Appraisals Evaluation Studies

This examines the underlying dimensionality of three aspects of the post-consumption experience product evaluation, product-elicited affect, and product satisfaction. In addition, the article integrates these concepts through a suggested causal framework. Students evaluated either a high- or a low-involvement product in current use, reported affective responses evoked by it, and assessed their levels of product-derived satisfaction. Analysis shows that two primary dimensions of product evaluation—utilitarian and hedonic judgment—can be viewed as causally antecedent to two dimensions of affect—pleasantness and arousal—and to product satisfaction. Implications of the conceptual framework and empirical findings for the study of consumption events are discussed.


Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental assessment is the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. In this context, the term "environmental impact assessment" (EIA) is usually used when applied to actual projects by individuals or companies and the term "strategic environmental assessment" (SEA) applies to policies, plans and programmes most often proposed by organs of state.

Environmental assessments may be governed by rules of administrative procedure regarding public participation and documentation of decision making, and may be subject to judicial review.
The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider the environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a project. The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) defines an environmental impact assessment as "the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made".

EIAs are unique in that they do not require adherence to a predetermined environmental outcome, but rather they require decision makers to account for environmental values in their decisions and to justify those decisions in light of detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts.

Studies and Planning