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Strategic asset management.

Contract notice - utilities

Services

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

National Grid UK Ltd
Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill
Contact point(s): +44 1926653475
For the attention of: Mr Tam Curran, Global Category Manager IS/IT Services
CV34 6DA Warwick
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1926653475
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: www.nationalgrid.com

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity
Production, transport and distribution of gas and heat
Electricity
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
Strategic asset management.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
National Grid is seeking to contract with one or more vendors to support its Strategic asset management (SAM) programme through the provision of advanced analytics and visualisation tools, leveraging the existing capability of its enterprise systems, eg: enterprise asset management (EAM), enterprise content management (ECM).
This will provide an integrated solution for use by internal and external users across National Grid UK and its partners comprising (but not limited to):
- Portal-based presentation layer,
- A single point of access to data from multiple applications,
- An intuitive, graphically driven solution with flexible navigation,
- User configurable, including subscriptions to data, events, alarms and alerts,
- A flexible platform, into which new presentation and analysis tools can be easily delivered,
- Dashboards displays, analytical tools and reporting,
- Support standard and specialist tools,
- Visualisation of data and information within a Geospatial context (GIS),
- Integration with existing core capabilities, including EAM, network control systems and interrogation and data acquisition from remote assets,
- Data historian - a repository to acquire, compress, store high performance time-series data and historical information and the analytic capability to generate actionable information for faster, accurate and performance based decision-making,
- Systems integrator.
All solutions must comply with open standards protocols, including IEC61970 common information model.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

48000000, 48300000, 48326100, 48326000, 48328000, 48329000, 38221000, 48000000, 72200000, 48100000, 48160000, 48210000, 48217000, 48220000, 48311000, 48460000, 48600000, 48627000, 48780000, 72000000, 48900000, 48982000, 72212100, 72314000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
National Grid is seeking to contract with one or more vendors to support its strategic asset management (SAM) programme through the provision of advanced analytics and visualisation tools, leveraging the existing capability of its enterprise systems, eg: enterprise asset management (EAM), enterprise content management (ECM).
This will provide an integrated solution for use by internal and external users across National Grid UK and its partners comprising (but not limited to):
- Portal-based presentation layer,
- A single point of access to data from multiple applications,
- An intuitive, graphically driven solution with flexible navigation,
- User configurable, including subscriptions to data, events, alarms and alerts,
- A flexible platform, into which new presentation and analysis tools can be easily delivered,
- Dashboards displays, analytical tools and reporting,
- Support standard and specialist tools,
- Visualisation of data and information within a Geospatial context (GIS),
- Interrogation with existing core capabilities, including EAM, network control systems and interrogation and data acquisition from remote assets,
- Data historian - a repository to acquire, compress, store high performance time-series data and historical information and the analytic capability to generate actionable information for faster, accurate and performance based decision-making,
- Systems integrator.
All solutions must comply with open standards protocols, including IEC61970 common information model.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 3 500 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: National Grid reserves the right at its absolute discretion to exercise contractual options to extend beyond the initial 5 year term plus one, 2 or 3 year extensions up to a maximum total contract period of 10 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Parent company and/or other guarantees will be required as a condition of the contract.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Further information will be detailed in the contract documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Requests to participate will be accepted from groupings of economic operators. National Grid reserves the right to require groupings of entities to take particular legal forms which may include one contractor taking primary responsibility or that joint and several liability be accepted by all consortia members.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The selected entity will be required to participate actively in the achievement of social and/or environmental objectives. Contract performance conditions to meet these objectives will be contained in the contract documents.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Respondents to this notice must complete a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) which will be issued within 4 weeks after the closing date of this Notice and instructions regarding completion of the PQQ and the PQQ response date will be clearly specified in the documentation.
In order to obtain a PQQ, applicants must be registered on the National Grid Ariba system. Applicants are to request access to this by sending an e-mail confirming interest in the PQQ to Tam Curran at the e-mail address stated in Section 1 of this notice. Once registered, applicants will be sent instructions which will enable them to access the PQQ document (when available) via the Ariba portal. This process may take up to two working days.
Note: the PQQ will not be available until up to four (4) weeks after the closing date of this Notice.
National Grid will reject any applicant who is deemed ineligible to tender for or be awarded a public contract based upon the grounds set out in Regulation 26 (1) of the Utilities Contract Regulations 2006.
National Grid may reject any applicant who fails to provide audited accounts.
National Grid will reject any applicant who fails to provide satisfactory evidence that it is capable of performing a contract on the scale of this procurement process.
The PQQ will be issued to applicants who have expressed interest in participating by the closing date of this Notice. The PQQ will be issued within four (4) weeks after the closing date to this Notice.
National Grid may or may not progress with a request for information (RFI) following evaluation of the PQQ. Following that stage, National Grid will issue the request for proposal (RFP). All documentation will be managed via Ariba.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:
WS27415663 SAM
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 13.2.2012 - 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
13.2.2012 - 12:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information:
National Grid is facing significant challenges in the form of changes to energy sourcing and demand patterns, ageing assets and dramatically increasing investment volumes. Business response to these challenges is driving increasing requirements for IT capabilities. Current bespoke tactical solutions within Transmission have demonstrated the value that can be achieved, but are limited both functionally and technically and are not cost effective to maintain.
SAM will deliver an integrated infrastructure, data storage, analysis and reporting tools. The SAM implementation will provide an integrated platform that will support the future growth in transmission activities, facilitating faster deployment and avoiding bespoke development of IT systems.
Lots include:
- Portal and visualisation tools,
- Geospatial information system,
- Analytics and event processing including notification services,
- Data consolidation and metadata management,
- Data collection and processing application services,
- Data historian, data warehouse, on-line data store,
- Systems integrator.
National Grid reserves the right to progress with none, one, more than one or all of the lots described above.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
12.1.2012