Solicitation number W7707-135646/A

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Closing date and time 2013/01/14 13:00 EST

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    Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    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. 
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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:
    [1]	DRDC Atlantic System Test Bed (STB) Overview, DRDC Atlantic
    CR 2007-271, October 2007
    [2]	Description of the Sonar Test Bed Data Architecture, DRDC
    Atlantic CR 2003-042, June 2003
    [3]	Non-exclusive System Test Bed License Agreement Template.
    This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

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    Trade agreements

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Thorpe, Susan
    (902) 496-5191 ( )
    (902) 496-5016
    1713 Bedford Row
    Halifax, N.S./
    Halifax, (N.É.), B3J 3C9

    Buying organization(s)

    Department of National Defence
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0K2
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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Information
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Nova Scotia

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