Conceptual design covers the feasibility phase of the project. The goal of this stage is to identify the technical and economic feasibility of the plant construction and to define the requirements and boundaries for the further development stages.
The main High Level development stages of the conceptual design are:
- Developing an overall philosophy for the project
- Defining the equipment to be installed based on business requirements
- Developing an overall facility layout to obtain consensus on the people, material, equipment, product and waste flows through the facility
- Determination of area classifications and over-pressure relationships between different rooms
- Defining the preliminary utility and energy requirements
- Preparation of the High Level overall project schedule, including remaining design activities, necessary procurement services, construction and commissioning / qualification (C&Q) activities.
- Developing an overall philosophy and framework for C&Q services for the project defining what services will be leveraged from vendors and what services will be outsourced
- Developing a target cost estimate
- Preparation of the list of expansion capabilities.