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Research Technologies For Uncontrolled Movements

Status Awarded

Contract number T8080-230094

Solicitation number T8080-230094

Publication date

Contract award date

Contract value

CAD 125,000.00


    This contract was awarded to:

    Heather Colbert Consulting Incorporated

    Uncontrolled movements (UM) of railway equipment are a major safety hazard for crew members and the environment. Uncontrolled movements can be divided into three main categories – switching without air, loss of control, and inappropriate securement. The scope of this contract will focus primarily on uncontrolled movement in the rail yard – switching without air, specifically. Despite being a low-probability event, the consequences are severe, particularly if dangerous goods are involved. Although safety actions and efforts were implemented since the Lac-Mégantic accident, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) expressed new concern due to an upward trend in occurrences since 2015.

    There was a total of 78 occurrences of UM in 2019, an all-time high in the past decade. In attempt to reduce and mitigate the amount of UM occurrences, this study will evaluate human factors, technologies, and operational behaviors related to UM.

    Business address

    7 Skye Valley Drive

    Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 0Y9
    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding
    Selection criteria
    Highest Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price
    Region(s) of delivery

    Contract duration

    The contract will be for a period of 11 month(s), from 2023/10/30 to 2024/09/30.

    Commodity - UNSPSC

    • 77101501 - Risk or hazard assessment
    • 77102003 - Safety compliance or accident reporting service
    • 80101510 - Risk management consultation service
    • 81102807 - Demining risk analysis or assessment or evaluation service
    • 81140000 - Manufacturing technologies
    • 81141801 - Safety or risk analysis
    • 81141900 - Manufacturing technology research and development services
    • 81141902 - Application or technology research and development service

    Trade agreements

    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA)
    • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
    • Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)

    Reason for limited tendering

    A contracting officer can use limited tendering for specific reasons outlined in the applicable trade agreements. The reason for this contract is described below:

    • None
    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Transport Canada

    330 Sparks Street

    Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N5
    Contracting authority
    Jessica Hanschell
    (613) 324-1856
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