Software Development for the Met Office

Software Development for the Met Office

The original WOW (Weather Observations Website) was launched in 2011 in partnership with the Department for Education and the Royal Meteorological Society.

United Kingdom-Exeter: Software package and information systems

2015/S 124-227885

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr James Benwell
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885190
E-mail: james.benwell@metoffice.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Met Office
FitzRoy Road
For the attention of: Mr James Benwell
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885190
E-mail: james.benwell@metoffice.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Met Office
FitzRoy Road
For the attention of: Mr James Benwell
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885190
E-mail: james.benwell@metoffice.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Met Office
FitzRoy Road
For the attention of: Mr James Benwell
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885190
E-mail: james.benwell@metoffice.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.3)Main activity

Environment

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

WOW Engine.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services

NUTS code UKK4

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Met Office has been operating as a Trading Fund since 1996, originally as an Executive Agency of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). As part of a Machinery of Government change in July 2011 the Met Office became an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). As the UK’s national meteorological service, it provides a range of products and services to a large number of public and private sector organisations. It also represents the UK within the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and plays a prominent role in international meteorology.
The original WOW (Weather Observations Website) was launched in 2011 in partnership with the Department for Education and the Royal Meteorological Society. The technology was built by a third party, and is hosted on the Google cloud platform. At the time this was an innovative use of technology for Government and has received a number of industry awards. The platform has become extremely well used and now contains over 500 000 000 observations from around the world. WOW is also the primary operational system within the Met Office Observations Group for climate observers to submit their daily observations to the Met Office. The system is also used by Australia, Netherlands and New Zealand to explore the feasibility of providing WOW to another National Meteorological Service. Although this has been successful, the pilot has identified a number of opportunities to improve the system especially in terms of creating a more flexible and adaptable system. All of these partnerships deliver global reach and extend the Met Office brand, alongside bringing in revenue and offsetting the running costs.
The ability of our Supercomputers to accurately forecast the weather is built on the bedrock of high quality, information rich global observations along with the ability to understand the impacts of the resulting weather. Our partners in civil contingencies and the Natural Hazard Partnership are increasingly seeking to quantify the impacts of severe weather on infrastructure and people, and the ability of the next generation of WOW to capture this ground truth through photographs, video and social media will be a powerful tool to enable us to do this. As the capabilities of our new Supercomputer begin to come on stream and the £2 billion of benefits begin to be realised, there will be an increasing need for observations that we are unable to meet from our own resources. The next generation of WOW will be capable of ingesting third party observations from professional observers and weather enthusiasts, this will allow our scientists to explore and understand the benefits that this data can bring. The technology will enable us to capture non-standard observations, for example those provided automatically from moving platforms such as cars, and define new variables that have not been foreseen allowing us to respond with great agility to changing requirements.
Our work is increasingly global in nature and our partnerships with other National Meteorological Services have identified a shared need for the type of infrastructure that WOW delivers.
The main aim of the Project is to deliver the WOW Engine capability and deliver the components required to replicate the current WOW functionality by the end of the financial year 2015/2016. The infrastructure will enable ease of addition of new collaborators and data types, and will also open up access to well-documented and well-managed ‘plug and play’ application programming interfaces (APIs) enabling collaborators to make maximum use of the WOW Engine capability.
The OJEU Open Procedure will be followed, with an Invitation to Tender (ITT).
All interested suppliers should

1. Register their Company on the Met Office eTendering portal at: https://tenders.metoffice.gov.uk

2. Complete the registration process and then register an interest in tender reference: 9XMD-E69QVN.
3. Download and submit 1 ITT document answering all questions, and providing substantiating evidence where applicable.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

48000000, 72421000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The main aim of this procurement is to deliver the WOW Engine capability and the components required to replicate the current WOW functionality by the end of the financial year 2015/2016. The infrastructure will enable ease of addition of new collaborators and data types, and will also open up access to well-documented and well-managed ‘plug and play’ Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enabling collaborators to make maximum use of the WOW Engine capability. WOW Engine is proposed to be an extensive collection of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) covering three core functions of the Engine. The Met Office would like to explore opportunities for developers to be co-located at the Met Office HQ in Exeter, UK where appropriate and relevant to this contract.
The Met Office intends to select a single tenderer for all phases of this project (from design to ongoing support and maintenance) from this ITT. You are therefore invited to submit a Tender to address this need. Included in the scope of this procurement are:
— Design and develop a selection of APIs to meet the functional requirements of the WOW Engine.
— Design and build new WOW Websites.
— Commissioning and acceptance of WOW Engine and WOW Websites overseen by the Met Office.
— Provide continued system and website support for the period defined for both the WOW Engine and WOW Websites.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 and 500 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the Commercial Questions contained in the tender pack.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the Commercial Questions contained in the tender pack.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the Technical Questions contained in the tender pack.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 1
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: A sole supplier will be selected.

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

9XMD-E69QVN
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

31.7.2015 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

25.6.2015

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.8.2015 – 10:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

26.6.2015

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