$10 Million RFP issued by NOAA for "LIDAR Hydrographic Surveying and Related Support Services Anywhere in the U.S."

General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: Reference-Number-NCNJ3000-5-00009
Posted Date: Jul 08, 2005
Original Response Date: Aug 08, 2005
Current Response Date: Aug 08, 2005
Original Archive Date:
Current Archive Date:
Classification Code: C -- Architect and engineering services
Naics Code: 541370 -- Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

Contracting Office Address

Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Acquisition and Grants Office, SSMC4 - Room 7601/OFA61 1305 East West Highway, 7th Floor, Silver Spring, MD, 20910


1. The Project:

NOAA has a requirement for LIDAR hydrographic surveying services to support nautical charting and related products for the coastal and adjacent ocean areas of the United States (including possessions and territories), the Great Lakes and other inland navigable waters.     One three-year indefinite delivery contract, at an estimated $10 million per year, is scheduled for award in FY 2006 with performance of first work order commencing in 2006.

Work orders under this contract will consist of but are not limited to:

  1. acquiring shallow water airborne hydrographic LIDAR sounding data;
  2. acquiring shoreline and coastal topographic LIDAR;
  3. installing, operating, and removing water level (tide) stations;
  4. acquiring related supporting data (e.g. water level correctors, secchi depth readings, etc.);
  5. processing the data, including tidal tabulation, computation of tidal datums, tidal zoning determination, applying water level correctors to determine the true depths, and compiling reports, final smooth sheets, and digital data; and
  6. performing quality control during data acquisition and processing; and
  7. the delivery of the data, reports, and sheets to NOAA for archival and application to the nautical charts and associated nautical products.

All work shall be performed to NOAA specifications and the data provided in NOAA specified formats.

See http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/hsd/specs/specs.htm for typical technical specifications and a description of the deliverables. The final statement of work will tailor these specifications for each work order issued.

A quality control plan will be a contract requirement.

Potential vendors are encouraged to review the technical specifications and a description of the deliverables before responding to this announcement. This contract will permit that a Government COTR or observer be present during aircraft operations.

2. Selection Criteria:

Firm must provide sufficient surveying equipment and sufficient technical, supervisory, and administrative personnel to ensure expeditious prosecution of work assignments.     Participation by firms qualifying as small, small disadvantaged, and/or women-owned small businesses will be one of the factors of consideration in the selection process. To be considered for selection, a firm must demonstrate surveying experience in the types of surveys stated above and have on payroll at least two hydrographers and a tides/water level specialist. The two hydrographers must each have a minimum of three years experience in surveying using shallow water airborne hydrographic LIDAR systems and interpreting the data.

The tides/water level specialist must have demonstrated experience in measurement of tides and water levels, tidal datums, and tidal zoning and their application to hydrographic surveying.

Firms must show the availability of a suitable aircraft that complies with applicable FAA, ICAO, and other applicable state and federal regulations; data acquisition and processing systems; shallow water airborne hydrographic LIDAR system capable of detecting contacts measuring 2m x 2m x 1m high and capable of measuring water depths to 50 meters; GPS surveying equipment for establishing horizontal control; differential GPS equipment for aircraft positioning; water level measurement gauges; topographic lidar system.

Evaluation criteria, in descending order of importance, are:

  1. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services;
  2. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required;
  3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time (personnel and equipment);
  4. Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedules;
  5. Location and knowledge: capability to work in diverse types of localities in the U.S., especially in Alaska; and
  6. Proposed plans to provide meaningful subcontracting opportunities on this project to small, small-disadvantaged, and/or women-owned small business concerns.

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