ARCHER Facility – Computational Science and Engineering – Software Development

ARCHER Facility – Computational Science and Engineering – Software Development

The ARCHER CSE support will be responsible for: integration with technology (in conjunction with the serviceprovider), supporting the User community in developing and optimising the scientific codes that they will run onthe ARCHER service, resolving user code problems, and providing technical training for users.

United Kingdom-Swindon: Custom software development services

2013/S 147-255850

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star House, North Star Avanue
For the attention of: Joanne Thatcher
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: joanne.thatcher@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Other: Scientific Research
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Polaris House
SN2 1ET Swindon

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

ARCHER Facility – Computational Science and Engineering.
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 UK

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)

In December 2011, the Minister for Science announced a new 158m pounds sterling capital investment in e-infrastructure which included 43m pounds sterling for ARCHER, the next national HPC facility for academic research. The Research Councils are committed to investing in ARCHER by providing the running costs for the service.
The overall vision for ARCHER is to build on the existing investments in national HPC facilities so that the UK isa recognised leader on the international scene for computational science and engineering. In order to achieve this, UK researchers must be able to carry out internationally competitive research across the remit of EPSRC and NERC.
The benefits of the UK being world leading in computational science and engineering will be realised through:
— The enhanced reputation of the UK in science and engineering as a whole,
— The increased ability of UK researchers to make valuable contributions to the solution of real, current research problems,
— Increased attractiveness of UK researchers as partners in high profile international collaborations andimproved access to large HPC resources in other countries EPSRC, as managing agent for the nationalHPC facility on behalf of the other Research Councils, is looking to tender contracts for three elements of theARCHER facility: the hardware, the service provision which manages academic access to the facility and thehelpdesk and the computational science and engineering (CSE) support which provides assistance to users ofthe facility to enable their codes to run as effectively as possible.
The ARCHER CSE support will be responsible for: integration with technology (in conjunction with the serviceprovider), supporting the User community in developing and optimising the scientific codes that they will run onthe ARCHER service, resolving user code problems, and providing technical training for users.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72230000, 72253000, 72260000, 72212000, 72212980, 80510000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 12 000 000 and 14 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction:
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

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

6.9.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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:26.7.2013