5.3.3 Recommendation

The CSC/PBFI Team feels that it is premature at this stage of the procurement for the MDSHA to select the optimum method of providing O&M support for CHART II. In fact it is likely a combination of the above methods will ultimately be utilized. Given that, our recommendation is that, during the detailed design phase of the project:

The CSC/PBFI Team will complete a detailed Alternatives Analysis of the three options, outlining the opportunities and risks associated with each in the environment of the ultimate system recommendation.

PBFI will prepare a cost/benefit analysis of the three options, with a recommended course of action to be followed during the system development and deployment phase, and associated budget.

MDSHA can then decide which of the three options or combinations provides the best benefits, given the ultimate system design.