Robotics for Rail – Request for Information

Robotics for Rail – Request for Information

Network Rail has identified robotics as a potential avenue to improve the safety and efficiency of maintenance work. We will be holding an industry webinar on 3 August 2020.

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery

2020/S 144-355935

Prior information notice

This notice aims at reducing time limits for receipt of tenders

Supplies

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Connected Places Catapult
Postal address: 3rd Floor The Pinnacle, 170 Midsummer Boulevard
Town: Milton Keynes
NUTS code: UKF EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
Postal code: MK9 1BP
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr Raj Ragiwala
E-mail: raj.ragiwala@cp.catapult.org.uk
Telephone: +44 1908359999
Internet address(es):Main address: http://cp.catapult.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: Partially Government funded body

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Transportation

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Request for Information (RFI) Robotics for Rail

Reference number: DN489057

II.1.2)Main CPV code

42900000 Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery

II.1.3)Type of contract

Supplies

II.1.4)Short description:

Network Rail has identified robotics as a potential avenue to improve the safety and efficiency of maintenance work. Personnel safety can be improved through reducing direct exposure to hazardous work by a robotic application, for example by automation of repetitive lifting activities. Additional benefits may include, improved frequency and coverage of maintenance inspections through the creation of autonomous or semi-autonomous tools. A longer-term aspiration is to develop a systems with the capability to conduct various sensing and maintenance tasks completely autonomously, however it is recognised that such a programme will take a long time to deliver.

The purpose of the current market engagement is to improve the awareness of market capabilities, such that any subsequent development project and trials can be conducted at pace. Network Rail aims to engage in these trials shortly after the analysis of this RFI. The aim of these trials would be to enable Network Rail to accelerate their capability and learning in this area and enable rapid tests and feedback from end users, such that benefits can be demonstrated through the delivery of incremental functionality.

Network Rail have currently prioritised three use cases, in order to drive the development of incremental functionality and demonstration of the benefits of robotic technology.

We will be holding an industry webinar on 3 August 2020. You can find out more information and register at link which will be published in the clarification log Q&A’s No 1.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

16000000 Agricultural machinery
34940000 Railway equipment
38400000 Instruments for checking physical characteristics
42400000 Lifting and handling equipment and parts
43200000 Earthmoving and excavating machinery, and associated parts

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKF EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKI LONDON

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Network Rail has identified robotics as a potential avenue to improve the safety and efficiency of maintenance work. Personnel safety can be improved through reducing direct exposure to hazardous work by a robotic application, for example by automation of repetitive lifting activities. Additional benefits may include, improved frequency and coverage of maintenance inspections through the creation of autonomous or semi-autonomous tools. A longer-term aspiration is to develop a systems with the capability to conduct various sensing and maintenance tasks completely autonomously, however it is recognised that such a programme will take a long time to deliver.

The purpose of the current market engagement is to improve the awareness of market capabilities, such that any subsequent development project and trials can be conducted at pace. Network Rail aims to engage in these trials shortly after the analysis of this RFI. The aim of these trials would be to enable Network Rail to accelerate their capability and learning in this area and enable rapid tests and feedback from end users, such that benefits can be demonstrated through the delivery of incremental functionality.

Network Rail have currently prioritised three use cases, in order to drive the development of incremental functionality and demonstration of the benefits of robotic technology. The three identified use cases are:

1) Robotic assistance for tubular stretcher bars;

2) Automated inspection;

3) Robotic assistance for MMT wet bed treatment.

The programme will work alongside the system’s end users to incrementally deliver value and enable rapid feedback to the product’s development and management. Awareness of the longer-term goal, as well as programmes of work such as In2Track2 and In2Smart2 should help inform the design of the system and the requirements that will need to be requested from the market.

We will be holding an industry webinar on 3 August 2020. You can find out more information and register at link which will be published in the clarification log Q&A’s No 1.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Please register if not already registered, then ‘Express an Interest’ for this project at link: https://procontract.due-north.com/Register which will then allow you to download the response template. The project title is: Request for Information Robotics for Rail.

Once the template is completed, please upload to the same link: https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

Closes at 12.00 noon 17 August 2020.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

02/11/2020

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.5)Scheduled date for start of award procedures:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Closes at 12.00 noon 17 August 2020.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Connected Places Catapult
Postal address: 3rd Floor The Pinnacle, 170 Midsummer Boulevard
Town: Milton Keynes
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: raj.ragiwala@cp.catapult.org.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

24/07/2020