Provision of Independent Structural Airworthiness Advisor

Provision of Independent Structural Airworthiness Advisor for Chinook and Puma2 Gazelle Project Teams

1. Core ISAA Support. Proactively engage with Chinook PT to allow an assessment of the Structural Integrity (SI) of the in-service, new buy and modification fleets to be established and to provide advice and guidance to the CHPTL during Structural and Systems Integrity Working Groups.

UK-Bristol: Technical services

2013/S 094-160413

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Chinook Project Team, DE&S
Yew 1a, Abbey Wood
For the attention of: Sarah Mitchell
BS34 8HJ Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3067982829
E-mail: deschinook-comrcloffr4@mod.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Defence
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:

CHC/517 – Provision of Independent Structural Airworthiness Advisor for Chinook and Puma2 Gazelle Project Teams.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
NUTS code UKK11

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)

Technical services. Provision of Independent Structural Airworthiness Advisor for Chinook and Puma2 Gazelle Project Teams.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71356000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
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:

The successful Tenderer will be expected to provide Independent Structural and Safety Airworthiness advice for MoD Helicopter platforms including Chinook and Puma/Gazelle.
The work will be contracted on a Tasking Basis. The range of work to be undertaken includes:
1. Core ISAA Support. Proactively engage with Chinook PT to allow an assessment of the Structural Integrity (SI) of the in-service, new buy and modification fleets to be established and to provide advice and guidance to the CHPTL during Structural and Systems Integrity Working Groups.
2. Provide ISAA support to the Chinook ODR programme, including meeting support and assessment of Boeing output and technical reviews.
3. Carry out a detailed technical review of Chinook rotor blade track and balance (RTB) procedures to compare balance standards achieved vis-à-vis historical RTB achieved. Provision of a report with recommended changes regarding achievement of improved RTB, with the aim of reducing the overall vibration environment for crews, passengers and aircraft systems.
4. Review and report upon Boeing produced structural qualification and analysis data for the Chinook Mk6 thereby enabling Boeing and the Chinook PT to develop a body of evidence which will support certification of the new buy aircraft.
5. Provide ISAA advice on the substantiation which supports the interim Certificate of Design for Chinook Mk6.
6. Core ISAA Support. Proactively engage with Puma and Gazelle EA staffs to allow an assessment of the SI of the in-service fleets to be established and sustained and to provide advice and guidance to the P2GPTL during Structural and Systems Integrity Working Groups.
a. Review in-service data and activities in order to assess Structural Integrity of in-service fleets.
b. Proactively engage in Structural and Systems Integrity Working Groups as ISAA to support Type Airworthiness Authority’s assessment of platform Structural Integrity.
7. Provide support to the Gazelle AH MK1 ODR Exemption Case, including review of the MDRE findings report and on-going analysis of monthly MF724 records.
8. Complete the Gazelle AH MK1 triennial SOIU review utilising MDRE and any other available usage, configuration and role data.
9. Provide specialist structures input and support to Puma Mk2 Def Stan 00-970 Compliance Assessment – Review output from other parties and provide specialist assessment where necessary.
Interested parties will be required to comply with the requirements of MAA Regulatory Article RA5720 Issue 2: “A competent individual, independent of the Designer, who carries out an independent technical evaluation of aircraft structures. They should have a first degree in an engineering discipline and prior experience of 5 years minimum in aircraft structures design, structures safety assessment for structures maintenance, relevant to aircraft types (as defined in MAA02 Master Glossary Issue 2) for which advice will be given.”
The successful Tenderer will need to have a Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) in place with both the Chinook Helicopter Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (Boeing) and the Puma/Gazelle OEM (Eurocopter), and will need to demonstrate security clearance to handle UK Restricted information.
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: 72 (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: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists. Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so. Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(f) The educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking’s managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

Envisaged minimum number 1: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As stated in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, if required.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:

CHC/517
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

19.6.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

15.7.2013
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

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

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.Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at www.contracts.mod.uk. The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk GO Reference: GO-2013514-DCB-4802855

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Chinook Project Team, DE&S
DE&S MoD Abbey Wood
BS34 8HJ Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Chinook Project Team, DE&S

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Chinook Project Team, DE&S

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.5.2013