Research into Advanced Computational Modelling in Geoenergy Applications

Research into Advanced Computational Modelling in Geoenergy Applications

Applications are invited to tender to participate in the “Advanced Computational Modelling” work package of the Seren project at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University.

UK-Cardiff: Geological, geophysical and other scientific prospecting services

2013/S 094-160473

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Cardiff University Purchasing Section
Purchasing Section, McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road
For the attention of: Julie Paynter
CF24 0DE Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2920879648
E-mail: buyline@cardiff.ac.uk
Fax: +44 2920874789

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

Education
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:

Research into Advanced Computational Modelling in Geoenergy Applications – SEREN WP6
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UKL

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)

Tender documents must be obtained from the following website, suppliers are requested to register on the website and download the tender documents:
https://in-tendhost.co.uk/cardiffuniversity/aspx/Home

Research into Advanced Computational Modelling in Geoenergy Applications
Total Value £400,00
ERDF Funding (to be provided by the SEREN project by Cardiff University): 200,000 GBP (50%)
Match Funding (to be provided by the successful applicant): 200,000 GBP (50%)
Applications are invited to tender to participate in the “Advanced Computational Modelling” work package of the Seren project at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University. The Advanced Computational Modelling work package aims to deliver a suite of computational products, which will support the design and assessment of the geoenergy facilities. These analytical tools can be used to support the commercial and research needs of companies working on applications such as geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, underground coal gasification, ground source heat and other unconventional gas exploitations.
These new and innovative products are designed to make a significant contribution to the ability of Welsh companies to compete in the global geoenergy marketplace, and will encourage the growth of high tech computer based companies in Wales. The main output from this work will be the development of a series of robust computational products. The tender package will call for a company to support the work of the research team by:
Input into a review of the Geoenergy Industry in Wales and UK.
Ensuring full commercial uptake of the computational products.
Delivery of novel 3D visualisation techniques.
Disseminating the research results to the targeted companies.
The SEREN project
The Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), located at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University has secured funding for the SEREN project worth over £10M from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the ERDF West Wales and the Valleys Convergence Programme 2007–2013.
The SEREN project has been designed specifically to deliver the objectives of the Convergence programme as defined by the Operational Programme and Strategic Framework, as its function is to increase the value of the low carbon offerings of companies, hence helping them to move up the value chain and to increase value added per job. SEREN also has strong strategic and operational links with activity in related fields, such as links with international research projects and a wide range of industrial collaborators..
The aim of the project will be to deliver new and innovative ground engineering technologies that will address the low carbon agenda. These technologies will be showcased and promoted globally with a view to encouraging organisations with low carbon initiatives to move to Wales. The thrust of the project will be to create new companies and jobs, support existing companies, and increase profitability in companies within the Convergence Area. In short, the project will commercialise innovative ideas.
The project target beneficiaries will be SMEs in the Convergence area, as well as local government organisations and the Welsh Assembly Government.
At the heart of the project will be the development and strengthening of a climate of innovation and exploitation of low carbon technologies across Wales, highlighting Wales as a leader in this area. Research priorities identified are presented below:
Ground Source Heat.
Underground Coal Gasification.
Carbon Sequestration.
Geoinformatic Packages: Low Carbon Applications.
Advanced Computational Modelling.
As a result of this project, new industries will be created in Wales, and there will be a need to retrain and upskill the Welsh workforce to prepare them for the new challenges offered by these initiatives. Part of the project aims will be to address the upskilling and training needs of the workforce through a planned dissemination programme of lectures, seminars and workshops.
Results of the projects will be fully disseminated to industries to maximise impact.
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71351000, 72262000, 72263000, 72316000, 73000000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Tender documents must be obtained from the following website, suppliers are requested to register on the website and download the tender documents:
https://in-tendhost.co.uk/cardiffuniversity/aspx/Home

Research into Advanced Computational Modelling in Geoenergy Applications
Total Value £400,00
ERDF Funding (to be provided by the SEREN project by Cardiff University): 200,000 GBP (50%)
Match Funding (to be provided by the successful applicant): 200,000 GBP (50%)
Applications are invited to tender to participate in the “Advanced Computational Modelling” work package of the Seren project at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University. The Advanced Computational Modelling work package aims to deliver a suite of computational products, which will support the design and assessment of the geoenergy facilities. These analytical tools can be used to support the commercial and research needs of companies working on applications such as geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, underground coal gasification, ground source heat and other unconventional gas exploitations.
These new and innovative products are designed to make a significant contribution to the ability of Welsh companies to compete in the global geoenergy marketplace, and will encourage the growth of high tech computer based companies in Wales. The main output from this work will be the development of a series of robust computational products. The tender package will call for a company to support the work of the research team by:
Input into a review of the Geoenergy Industry in Wales and UK.
Ensuring full commercial uptake of the computational products.
Delivery of novel 3D visualisation techniques.
Disseminating the research results to the targeted companies.
The SEREN project
The Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), located at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University has secured funding for the SEREN project worth over £10M from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the ERDF West Wales and the Valleys Convergence Programme 2007–2013.
The SEREN project has been designed specifically to deliver the objectives of the Convergence programme as defined by the Operational Programme and Strategic Framework, as its function is to increase the value of the low carbon offerings of companies, hence helping them to move up the value chain and to increase value added per job. SEREN also has strong strategic and operational links with activity in related fields, such as links with international research projects and a wide range of industrial collaborators..
The aim of the project will be to deliver new and innovative ground engineering technologies that will address the low carbon agenda. These technologies will be showcased and promoted globally with a view to encouraging organisations with low carbon initiatives to move to Wales. The thrust of the project will be to create new companies and jobs, support existing companies, and increase profitability in companies within the Convergence Area. In short, the project will commercialise innovative ideas.
The project target beneficiaries will be SMEs in the Convergence area, as well as local government organisations and the Welsh Assembly Government.
At the heart of the project will be the development and strengthening of a climate of innovation and exploitation of low carbon technologies across Wales, highlighting Wales as a leader in this area. Research priorities identified are presented below:
Ground Source Heat.
Underground Coal Gasification.
Carbon Sequestration.
Geoinformatic Packages: Low Carbon Applications.
Advanced Computational Modelling.
As a result of this project, new industries will be created in Wales, and there will be a need to retrain and upskill the Welsh workforce to prepare them for the new challenges offered by these initiatives. Part of the project aims will be to address the upskilling and training needs of the workforce through a planned dissemination programme of lectures, seminars and workshops.
Results of the projects will be fully disseminated to industries to maximise impact.

II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.8.2013. Completion 15.6.2015

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:

Joint and several liability.
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: (a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, whose affairs are being administered by the courts, who has entered into an arrangement with creditors or who is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding-up or administration by the courts or for an arrangement with creditors or is the subject of any other similar proceeding under national laws or regulations;
(c) has been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgement which has the force of res judicata;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under the provisions of the Directive on the criteria for qualitative selection.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (b) balance sheets or extracts of balance sheets.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(a) a list of works carried out over the last 5 years with certificates of satisfaction;
(b) a list of principal deliveries effected or services provided in the last 3 years and evidence of delivery;
(c) an indication of technicians or technical bodies involved;
(d) a description of technical facilities and measures used to ensure quality;
(e) educational and professional qualifications of the supplier and staff responsible for performing the contract;
(f) where appropriate, an indication of the environmental management measures that would be applied when performing the contract;
(g) a statement of average annual manpower and number of staff in the last 3 years;
(h) a statement of tools, plant and equipment available to the supplier;
(i) details of any intended sub-contracting arrangements;
(j) where appropriate, samples, descriptions and photographs of products and quality assurance certificates.
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

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
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:

SPEC367/ACMGA/JP0513
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 25.6.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25.6.2013 – 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

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of 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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Funding from Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the ERDF West Wales and the Valleys Convergence Programme 2007 – 2013.
VI.3)Additional information

Buy4Wales Reference Number: 35116.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Cardiff University will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

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