Autonomous Underwater Vehicale (AUV)
Solicitation number 5P033-130034/A
Closing date and time 2013/05/14 14:00 EDT
Trade Agreement: NONE Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid Attachment: None Competitive Procurement Strategy: Lowest/Lower Bid Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: 100 meter depth rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicale 5P033-130034/A Wilkie, Neil Telephone No. - (819) 956-0704 Fax No. - (819) 956-0897 BACKGROUND: The Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) of Parks Canada conducts comprehensive scientific diving and remote-sensing surveys to identify, inventory, and assess submerged cultural resources within the Parks Canada mandate. This includes the expanding system of National Historic Sites, National Parks, National Park Reserves, National Marine Conservation Areas, National Marine Parks, and Heritage Rivers. The UAS is also a recognized Federal Authority for the evaluation of submerged cultural resources under the provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. As such, the UAS is called upon to conduct archaeological site investigations throughout Canada in both marine and fresh water environments (including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, as well as the Great Lakes). The UAS has a requirement for a 100 m depth rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with high resolution side-scan sonar to support its archaeological survey operations across Canada, specifically to complement an existing capability for traditional towed side-scan sonar from surface vessels. A flexible and expandable AUV platform is required, one that will enable future integration of diverse mission-specific sensor packages including magnetometer, stereo-photogrammetric still photo, and multi-beam echo sounder configurations. The system design will necessarily have to be modular to permit end-user integration of 3rd party instrumentation. The AUV will be deployed from a variety of vessel platforms, including survey vessels belonging to the UAS, as well as from other vessels of opportunity including rigid hull inflatable boats and zodiacs. Consequently, the system must be readily transportable to field locations by commercial air carrier, and must also be of a size and weight allowing manual deployment of the vehicle by a two-person crew from small boats. As the vehicle will be used in all regions of the country, including at northern latitudes where traditional magnetic compasses are typically unreliable, a high-performance inertial navigation system is required to guarantee accurate navigation of planned survey lines and gap-free sonar coverage (with position drift typically not exceeding 0.5% of underwater distance travelled). GENERAL: The basic system shall consist of the underwater vehicle, battery charging system, and mission planning software. MANDATORY SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: The underwater vehicle must be equipped with a Kearfott KI-4921S inertial navigation system (INS). The underwater vehicle must be equipped with an L3 Klein UUV-3500 dual-frequency (455 khz/900 kHz nominal) side-scan sonar system. The underwater vehicle must be equipped with an RDI 600 kHz Explorer phased array Doppler velocity log (DVL). The underwater vehicle must be equipped with a Teledyne Benthos ATM-900-BC1 acoustic modem OEM card with compatible remote transducer. The underwater vehicle must be equipped with a direct-measurement sound velocity sensor accurate to ¡Ó 0.025 m/s or better. The underwater vehicle with all specified instrumentation installed and integrated must be depth rated to at least 100 m of sea water, as certified by the manufacturer. UNDERWATER VEHICLE (BODY): The vehicle shall be of a ¡§torpedo¡¨ body style with single rear-mounted propeller. Servo-powered control surfaces can comprise either individually actuated fins or a gimballed duct (Kort nozzle). The vehicle shall possess an antenna mast containing both GPS and Wireless 802.11n Ethernet antennae. The antenna mast should also be fitted with an LED light to facilitate spotting of the vehicle when surfaced in conditions of limited visibility and/or darkness. The body design should be modular allowing expansion with additional body sections as future sensor integration may require. NAVIGATION SENSORS: The INS shall accept real-time aiding inputs from an onboard GPS receiver (when surfaced) and DVL (in water depths of 80 m and less). The DVL transducer shall be mounted on the underside of the vehicle to enable bottom tracking and altitude control. The GPS antenna and receiver should have integrated satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) reception capability. The vehicle shall be equipped with a digital 3-axis compass. The vehicle shall be equipped with a pressure depth sensor. PAYLOAD SENSORS: The side-scan transducers should be securely mounted and positioned along the vehicle body so as to minimize acoustic noise in the sonar data. Ambient speed of sound from the sound velocity sensor must be relayed in real-time to the DVL to improve the accuracy of the bottom track vector. The transducer for the acoustic modem shall be installed on the underside of the vehicle to enable acoustic communications with nearby surface vessels when the AUV is surfaced. CPU AND DATA STORAGE The underwater vehicle must possess an Intel Dual Core 1.6 GHz low power CPU or equivalent. The underwater vehicle must possess a solid state hard drive of at least 250 GB capacity. A water-tight data port should be provided on the vehicle to allow easy download of completed mission data and upload or planned mission parameters while on deck. PROPULSION AND POWER SUPPLY: The vehicle should be equipped with a brushless DC motor with velocity feedback. The vehicle should be capable of a nominal underwater speed of 4 knots without current. The underwater vehicle must be powered by lithium ion batteries providing at least 750 Whr of total reserve power. Individual batteries must not exceed 100 Whr capacity due to transportation restrictions on commercial aircraft in Canada. A battery charger should be provided with the system. A water-tight charging port or connector should be provided on the vehicle to allow easy replenishment of power while on deck. SOFTWARE: Mission planning software should be provided to allow the operator control of mission design and real-time monitoring of mission execution. Via the specified acoustic modem (when underwater) and by wireless 802.11n ethernet (when on the surface), the mission planning software should enable critical mission status information such as the vehicle¡¦s estimated position, depth, altitude, heading, remaining battery power, sensor status, and survey progress to be transmitted. It should also permit the operator to command the vehicle to both start and abort missions as necessary. The software should enable common geo-referenced raster and vector chart backgrounds such as Geotiff, S-57 and BSB to be displayed for mission planning purposes. DELIVERY: One AUV is required for delivery to: Parks Canada Cultural Sciences Branch Underwater Archaeology Service 1800 Walkley Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A-0M5 Delivery is requested by 9th August 2013. 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
- Wilkie, Neil
- (819) 956-0579 ( )
- (819) 956-0897
11 Laurier St. / 11, rue Laurier
6C2, Place du PortageGatineau, Québec, K1A 0S5
30 Victoria StreetGatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3Canada
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