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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

  • Brief History of Program

  • Where we are today

  • Time Charter

  • Future Plans

  • Challenges

Jeffrey Ferguson

Program Analyst/COTR

Hydrographic Surveys Division


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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


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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


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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.



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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


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Current Program (post-1998)

  • $102.5 Million

  • 4,955 square nautical miles

  • 100% bottom coverage

    • Shallow Water Multibeam (SWMB)

    • Side Scan Sonar


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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


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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


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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.



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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


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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.