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Hydrographic Services Contracts. Brief History of Program Where we are today Time Charter Future Plans Challenges. Jeffrey Ferguson Program Analyst/COTR Hydrographic Surveys Division. The Early Days (pre-1998). Small projects through COE contracts First major NOAA contract awarded 1994

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hydrographic services contracts
Hydrographic Services Contracts
  • Brief History of Program
  • Where we are today
  • Time Charter
  • Future Plans
  • Challenges

Jeffrey Ferguson

Program Analyst/COTR

Hydrographic Surveys Division

the early days pre 1998
The Early Days (pre-1998)
  • Small projects through COE contracts
  • First major NOAA contract awarded 1994
    • “Best Value” to government
    • Awarded to SAIC for $1.24 Million
    • Side Scan Sonar and Multibeam
      • LI Sound
      • Vineyard Sound
current program post 1998
Current Program (post-1998)
  • HSIA 1998
    • “shall award contracts for the acquisition of hydrographic data in accordance with title IX of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 541 et seq.)
    • “Brooks Act”
    • A/E Services
    • Qualification Based Selection
contractor selection
Contractor Selection
  • Source Evaluation Board meets to evaluate submissions on the following criteria;
    • Professional qualifications,
    • Specialized experience,
    • Capacity to accomplish the work,
    • Past performance,
    • Location and knowledge of locality,
    • Small business subcontracting opportunities.
current program post 19986
Current Program (post-1998)
  • 14 Contracts Awarded
    • Regional, 2-5 years, $4-40 Million.
  • 8 Different Firms;
    • Gulf of Mexico
      • SAIC, JECA, C&C
    • Alaska
      • Terra, Racal Pelagos
    • Other
      • OSI, DEA, SAIC, Tenix LADS
current program post 19987
Current Program (post-1998)
  • $102.5 Million
  • 4,955 square nautical miles
  • 100% bottom coverage
    • Shallow Water Multibeam (SWMB)
    • Side Scan Sonar
today
Today
  • 5 Contracts in place
    • AK - Fugro Pelagos
    • AK SB - Terra Surveys
    • TX - C&C Technologies
    • Hydro Anywhere (except AK) - SAIC
    • Lidar Anywhere - Tenix LADS
future contracts
Future Contracts
  • Number dependent on funding.
    • Fugro Pelagos Contract expires Aug 2004.
      • Advertise replacement next month
    • C&C TX contract may reach ceiling
      • Advertise GOM contract late summer
    • Tenix LADS lidar contract may reach ceiling
      • Advertise replacement early next year
time charter
Time Charter
  • 2002 Appropriations
    • “...the Committee directs NOAA to enter into a long-term lease or charter of a U.S. purpose-built, U.S. flag hydrographic survey vessel which is capable of performing the full scope of necessary hydrographic services.”
  • MOU with MSC
    • August 2002 - Advertise for vessel complete with all equipment and operators.
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Time Charter
  • MSC legal opinion on Brooks Act
    • Procurement split
      • MSC acquire vessel
      • NOAA acquire surveyors via A/E
  • MSC proposal evaluation begins - Jan 2003
    • Several protests and GAO review/decisions
    • Ocean Services cleared to work April 2004
  • NOAA selects SAIC as A/E provider
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Time Charter
  • One year contracts w/ options
  • Ocean Services provides vessel and two launches with hull mounted multibeams
  • SAIC provides all other equipment and equipment operators
  • NOAA provides 3-5 individuals for contract oversight, quality control, planning, etc.
challenges
Challenges
  • Constraints on spending Contract funds
    • “...address the hydrographic survey backlog detailed in the National Survey Plan.”
    • Test/Development of new technologies?
    • Supporting activities?
    • Homeland Security, other events?
    • Pros/Cons
challenges15
Challenges
  • Meaningful Performance Measures
    • The Square Nautical Mile “trap”
    • Not all squares created equal
      • Remote, shallow, AK vs Deep GOM
      • Large price variations
    • Normalize effort/costs?
    • Other performance measures?
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Challenges
  • Developing Hydrographic Expertise
    • Mandate to maintain expertise within NOAA
    • Should that extend to private sector?
    • Role of Contract funding?
      • Training
      • Small business, 8a, disadvantaged, etc. set asides?
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Challenges
  • Efficient Administration of Contracts
    • Contract award time lines
      • HSD review
      • Contract Office review
      • Legal review
    • Ways to streamline?
    • Project planning, COTRs, data acceptance, etc.
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