X ray backscatter imaging

X ray backscatter imaging

Contract value:£10,000 – £113,000. This programme is geared towards developing X-ray backscatter technology to provide an EOD operator with images of threats and their components when obscured behind various barriers including (but not limited to) metal, wood, plastic, brick, concrete, glass and cardboard.

Reference number: RFQ75282

Deadline date:14/09/2012

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£10,000 – £113,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: South East SOUTH EAST (ENGLAND),

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: DSTL

Original source URL www.dstl.gov.uk

 

Description of the contract

Previous research has indicated a number of technologies, including X-Ray Backscatter technology, which may offer useful single-sided imaging capability. This programme is geared towards developing X-ray backscatter technology to provide an EOD operator with images of threats and their components when obscured behind various barriers including (but not limited to) metal, wood, plastic, brick, concrete, glass and cardboard. The images should be of sufficient resolution to identify target components and linkages between them. In the past there has been a drive to evaluate high TRL systems that demonstrate the desired capability straight away. The scope has now broadened to include lower TRL systems/ideas which may provide better capability over a longer development timeframe. EOD operations are carried out on a wide range of threat devices in diverse locations both indoors and out. It is envisaged that the system will initially be deployed on the existing (Wheelbarrow) and future EOD large remote controlled vehicle (RCV). However, of some interest to the research programme is an understanding of the likely technical challenges of a future, further developed system, which might be man portable. Dstl’s interest is in the development of a whole imaging system so joint responses from suppliers that specialise in each part of the system are welcomed. The output of the first year should be a technical report that outlines the likely performance of an X-ray backscatter imager. This may be through computational modelling or suitable hardware development and assessment. This will be used to assess the utility of the system to the EOD User for the diagnostics role. The report should also include a costed plan to outline how the system should be progressed to a TRL 6 demonstrator (RCV deployable) by the end of the contract (March 2016). Beyond the first year, as a minimum, The Supplier will be required to produce a technical report that details the work undertaken (in line with the plan developed in year 1) at the end of each FY for the duration of the contract. The report and any deliverables will be used to assess the status of the project and will form the basis of an annual decision point. Due to annularity of MOD funded research, the scope of proposed work may need to be revised to match the funding. It is likely that additional decision points and deliverables will be defined throughout each year, particularly where system assessments are required. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is looking to cultivate a close working relationship with the suppliers during the proposed development. This relationship will be based on a contract that concludes with a full rights exploitable deliverable. Proposals that do not embrace this potential procurement strategy will be marked accordingly. Proposals will be assessed broadly on their technical credibility, their achievability in the March 2016 timeframe and their exploitability by the MoD. Successful bids to this Invitation to Tender (ITT) will be offered multi-year contracts (ending in March 2016) for research and development of a through-barrier imaging systems and technique development. Initially, it should be expected that quarterly progress meetings will be held between Dstl and The Supplier. The meetings will be held alternately at Dstl and Supplier sites. Dstl can provide surrogate targets (or specifications of targets) for system development purposes (subject to security classification constraints)

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

38947000 X-ray microanalysers

73410000 Military research and technology

73100000 Research and experimental development services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – 8

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 01/11/2012 – 29/03/2013

 

Who to contact

Contact name J Sullivan

Organisation name DSTL, DSTL

Address Rm29 Bldg A1, Dstl Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks, TN14 7BP

Telephone 01959892426

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How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.

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