Tender for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Tender for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The University of Sheffield wishes to invite tenders for a ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Research and Development’.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Research and Development

University of Sheffield

Contract summary



  • Unmanned aerial vehicles – 35613000

Location of contract

DE24 9FU

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

27 July 2021

Closing date

20 August 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

27 September 2021

Contract end date

26 September 2023

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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The University of Sheffield wishes to invite tenders for a ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Research and Development’ on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Castings Group at Catcliffe, South Yorkshire.

Scope of Requirement
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) is one of seven high value manufacturing catapult centres promoting advanced manufacturing technologies and serving the UK supply chain, mainly in the nuclear sector. Further information about the NAMRC can be found at the following website – https://namrc.co.uk/.
The NAMRC’s Controls and Instrumentation Group is looking for a supplier to supply, deliver, train its staff and maintain a fully integrated, fully mounted, ready to fly, multi-purpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for various activities including surveying, intelligence, reconnaissance, inspection and 3D mapping within a variety of industrial and research applications.
The primary role of the UAV will be for precise external inspections (and potentially internal inspections so “return home”/failsafe and the ability to navigate in enclosed spaces would be useful) thus will require high-resolution video transmission to the remote controller.
As well being used in the nuclear industry, there is potential for the UAV to be used in the aerospace, construction, earthmoving an mining, marine, oil and gas (on & offshore), rail, wind, tidal, solar and biomass industries for a wide range of industrial applications such as:-
• Small Modular Reactor (SMR) site assembly – civil modular concrete slab inspection;
• SMR manufacturing- Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) modules inspection;
• Reduction in requirement for operators working at height;
• Inspection on Dismantling & Decomissioing site;
• Inspection (for abnomal operation, failure, cracks & corrosion) of offshore wind farms (harsh environment high winds, rain, salt water etc.);
• Saves reducing reactor power for human inspection;
• Condition and security monitoring for sites left in care and maintenance;
• Remote inspection of welds, e.g., on the dome of the SMR;
• Assess areas with other hazards, post nuclear accident or chemical spills for example.

Tender Process and Documentation:
This procurement is an open procedure conducted in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

The ITT can be downloaded by registering and expressing your interest on the University`s e-tendering system https://in-tendhost.co.uk/Sheffield

If you have any questions or comments in relation to this tender they must be submitted via the In-tend System, this can be accessed at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/Sheffield

Completed tenders must be returned through the same e-tendering system.

Closing date for receipt of tenders: Friday 20th August 2021 at 12 noon (UK time).


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About the buyer


Contact name

Jamie Shaw


Western Bank