ADVANCING MULTISTATIC ACTIVE SONAR EMPLOYMENT (AMASE) TECHNOLOGY
DEMONSTRATION PROJECT (TDP)
Solicitation number W7707-135646/A
Closing date and time 2013/01/14 13:00 EST
Last amendment date
Trade Agreement: NONE Tendering Procedures: Attachment: None Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: ADVANCING MULTISTATIC ACTIVE SONAR EMPLOYMENT (AMASE) TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT (TDP) Introduction A Request for Information (RFI) is not a bidding opportunity but a document requesting information from the Supplier community based on a potential requirement. In this case, industry feedback is sought from Suppliers on their ability to satisfy potential requirements for the proposed procurement strategies described herein before the issuance of a solicitation document. This RFI is issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) on behalf of Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, herein referred to as "DRDC", to gather information related to the procurement strategy for the Advancing Multistatic Active Sonar Employment (AMASE) Technology Demonstration Project (TDP), herein referred to as the "project". DRDC has a requirement to obtain research, design, development, software implementation, systems integration and testing services for the project, herein referred to as the "requirement". The approximate value of the requirement will be in the range of $2M to $3.25M depending upon which procurement strategy is ultimately employed. The intended meaning of the terms "Supplier", "Contractor", "Industry" and "Industrial Partner" are interchangeable for the purposes of this RFI. Suppliers may also provide ideas and suggestions on how the eventual solicitation might be structured. While not a bid document, it is an opportunity to help shape the resulting requirements and provide Supplier input and advice to the Crown. No contract will be awarded as a result of a RFI. This RFI, or any supporting information provided with this RFI, shall not constitute an authorization by the Crown to undertake any work that would result in any obligation or costs to the Crown. Participation in this RFI is not a pre-qualification for procurement, nor a prerequisite to participation in any subsequent request for proposals (RFP) from PWGSC. Intent The RFI will assist DRDC in its understanding of the viability of the proposed procurement strategies for the requirement with the overall aim to mitigate procurement risk associated with the competitive tendering process. The RFI may assist DRDC to: · Determine whether to proceed with requirements/strategy as planned, and if so, further developing internal planning, approval and solicitation documents that may potentially lead to a solicitation; · Refine the procurement strategy, project structure, cost estimate, timelines, requirements definition, and other aspects of the requirement; · Become a more "informed buyer" with an enhanced understanding of industry offerings in the areas of interest, and; · Assess potential alternative solutions that would meet the requirement. The RFI will allow Suppliers to: · Assess and comment on the adequacy and clarity of the requirements as currently expressed; · Offer suggestions regarding potential alternative solutions that would meet the requirement; · Comment on the procurement strategy, preliminary basis of payment elements, and timelines for the project. Supporting information for this RFI is inserted into the Solicitation Document. Annex A: Project overview Annex B: Multistatic sensor use cases and initial concept Annex C: Trials campaign and assets Annex D: Proposed system engineering process Annex E: Proposed procurement strategies and draft solicitation information for the requirement Annex F: Potential for in-kind contributions Annex G: Glossary and acronyms Request for Information Participation in this RFI is entirely optional and is not a pre-qualification for procurement, nor a prerequisite to participation in any subsequent request for proposals (RFP) from PWGSC. If Suppliers would like to provide feedback based on the information expressed in this RFI, the following questions are provided as guidelines. The project 1. Please comment on the adequacy and clarity of the background and description of the project as currently expressed. What other type of information would be required to provide an adequate background and description for future solicitation documents? The procurement strategies for the potential requirement 2. Please comment on the adequacy, clarity and feasibility of the procurement strategies as currently expressed. Suggestions for alternatives 3. Offer suggestions regarding potential alternative solutions or strategies that could be achieved within the preliminary basis of payment elements, funding and timeline envelopes. 4. Are there commercial off-the shelf (COTS) solutions available that may be tailored to meet the requirement presently expressed? 5. Does the cost of integrating an existing supplier solution potentially offset the cost of extending the DRDC System Test-bed (STB) for certain functionality? In-kind contributions: 6. Are there industrial in-kind contributions that could be offered to share the costs associated with performing the project? This includes non-monetary contributions of goods or services such as equipment, staff-time and facilities that may be either donated or evaluated as point rated criteria in future bid solicitation and evaluation. Other questions: 7. Please provide other questions and comments to PWGSC based on this RFI. Available documentation:  DRDC Atlantic System Test Bed (STB) Overview, DRDC Atlantic CR 2007-271, October 2007  Description of the Sonar Test Bed Data Architecture, DRDC Atlantic CR 2003-042, June 2003  Non-exclusive System Test Bed License Agreement Template. This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in English. Delivery Date: Above-mentioned The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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Public Works and Government Services Canada
11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du PortageGatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5Canada
- Contracting authority
- Thorpe, Susan
- (902) 496-5191 ( )
- (902) 496-5016
1713 Bedford Row
Halifax, N.S./Halifax, (N.É.), B3J 3C9
Department of National Defence
101 Colonel By DrOttawa, Ontario, K1A0K2Canada
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