Develop documented guidance or best practices on damage assessment criteria and guidelines for general-service (i.e. non-pressure) tank cars.

Solicitation number T8080-230211

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Closing date and time 2023/12/21 14:00 EST

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    Definition of Requirements

    The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate (TDG) of Transport Canada (TC) has a requirement to develop documented guidance or best practices on damage assessment criteria and guidelines for general-service (i.e. non-pressure) tank cars. Damage assessments are conducted by technical advisors, including TC TDG remedial measures specialists (RMSs), to assess damage to means of containment (MOC) such as rail tank cars or highway tanks at an incident site to determine whether it is safer to transfer the dangerous goods to another MOC on-site or to move the MOC to another location before off-loading.

    The outcomes of this project will aid TC TDG RMSs in their decision-making at incident sites involving general-service (i.e. non-pressure) tank cars and other emergency responders, emergency response training centres, rail carriers, as well as owners and users of general-service tank cars.

    The Contractor must perform the following tasks upon completion of this project:

    • Literature review and industry scan, including:
    o Identification of the types of damage and/or failure modes in general-service tank cars;
    o Identification of any existing criteria used by emergency responders and/or industry in performing damage assessment of general-service tank cars;
    o To supplement the above information, review and documentation of recent incidents (within the last 15 years) involving general-service tank cars. This task should include, at minimum, the following:
     Types of commodities (dangerous goods) being transported during the incident,
     Types of damage or failure modes,
     Damage assessment criteria that were used, and
     Action(s) and/or decision-making process(es) that were taken to mitigate the danger; and
    o Consultation with tank car and damage assessment experts (e.g. emergency responders, emergency response training providers, etc.) to identify any knowledge gaps.

    • Analysis and recommendations, including:
    o An analysis of the gathered information leading to development of a guidance document [or identification of the best practices] to help emergency responders with their action(s) and/or decision-making process(es) in performing damage assessment of general-service tank cars; and
    o Any recommendations for future work.

    3. Criteria for Assessment of the Statement of Capabilities
    The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate requires a contractor with the following qualifications and experience:

    a) The Contractor must have access to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Hazardous Materials Committee.
    b) The Contractor must have at least two individuals with experience working on the development of AAR’s 2021 document, Assessment Best Practices for Tank Car Tank Damage.
    c) The Contractor must have at least one individual with ten years of experience as a training program expert in tank car damage assessment within North America.

    Contract duration

    The estimated contract period will be 12 month(s).

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Transport Canada

    330 Sparks Street

    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5
    Contracting authority
    Natasha Blackstein
    (343) 550-2321

    330 Sparks Street

    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Advance Contract Award Notice
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Region of opportunity
    Contract duration
    12 month(s)
    Procurement method
    Advance Contract Award Notice
    Commodity - UNSPSC
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