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The University of Birmingham (Civil Engineering) has developed unique proprietary technologies, expertise and know-how for various geotechnical and infrastructure applications including buried utility sensors, soil stabilisation and built environment ...

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Supplies

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
Contact person: Susanna Ting
Telephone: +44 1214145389
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKG31

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Develop, Install and Demonstrate Soil-structure Loading, Deformation and Testing Facility.

Reference number: SC5827/17
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Supplies
II.1.4)Short description:

The University of Birmingham (Civil Engineering) has developed unique proprietary technologies, expertise and know-how for various geotechnical and infrastructure applications including buried utility sensors, soil stabilisation and built environment monitoring and modelling. The University has been awarded funding for a new National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) on Campus as part of a £27 Million investment into Civil Engineering research at the University. Key to this investment is the development of a bespoke, internationally-leading ‘Soil-Structures Interaction Facility’ where the research, development and the testing of underground structures can be undertaken in a unique, controlled and monitored environment. As part of this facility, a computer controlled, dynamic ‘Loading, Deformation and Testing System’ is required that is capable of simulating subsurface loading, deformation and failure at full scale and in real time.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 4 400 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
73100000
73300000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKG31
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The University of Birmingham are world-leaders in infrastructure research and have funding for a new National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF). Key to this investment is the development of a ‘Soil-Structures Interaction Facility’ where research and testing of underground structures can be undertaken in a unique, controlled environment. A custom made, computer controlled, ‘Loading, Deformation and Testing System’ is required for simulating soil-structure interactions at full scale and in real time. The Testing system is to be supplied under a single design, supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning contract with maintenance and post-commissioning warranty. It is required to have

-A ‘Movable Floor’ soil deformation system built into the NBIF test pit: 50 separate, but complementary, computer controlled, 25 T actuators with integral floorplates & load/displacement monitoring equipment all mounted on a bespoke, structural ‘base-frame’

-A composite ‘Dynamic-Static Actuator’ deformation system: Independently controlled, dynamic-static loading capability using 20, 10, 50 & 200 T actuators with integral load/displacement monitoring equipment & local, remote and/or external control capability. Must operate in conjunction with the movable floor system

- Self-contained Hydraulic Power Units (HPU) operating at noise levels below 76dB A

- Fully autonomous ‘Integrated Control-Operation-Monitoring System’ to operate, control, monitor, record and visualise all the Testing system's data/parameters in real-time. Must be capable of dynamically interacting with external software, numerical simulations, independent tests and existing testing facilities.

-A bespoke, building-specific hydraulic & power/control network integrated within the NBIF building's services and pipe/cable trench layout.

The design, supply, installation and commissioning of these components as a single contract is a highly specialist requirement needing capabilities in i) high performance hydraulic loading and actuator systems, ii) bespoke load-cell/displacement transducer technology, iii) custom designed HPUs, iv) sophisticated, user-specific control, instrumentation and operational computer software to provide real-time data to/from external or computer simulation experiments and v) the know-how and proven track record of providing single contract design, supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning, maintenance and warranty packages for large-scale, research facilities. The University intends to contract these activities to MTS Systems Limited who encompass all of these capabilities. Namely, they;

- Can provide a bespoke design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning service for the movable floor and dynamic-static actuator deformation systems including all HPUs, actuator structural steelwork, instrumentation, control/power cabling, cooling facilities, hydraulic pipework network and testing stations for use in complex and ‘dirty’ testing environments.

-Have a demonstrated track record of designing, supplying, installation, testing and commissioning complex, computer-based control systems (i.e., instrumentation, hardware and software) with the capacity & flexibility for integrating with external functions/tests and computer simulations/models.

-Can provide a system that is directly compatible with the structural testing facilities at the University without change/adaptation to the existing equipment.

-Can provide ‘whole system’ documentation, staff training and extended warrantees for all operational, technical and software aspects of the system in a single package

MTS are world leaders in the field of large scale, integrated structural testing systems and have supplied bespoke testing facilities to Universities and research centers worldwide. Their significant expertise and in-house know-how are vital for ensuring that the system is successfully integrated within the NBIF building in the construction programme timeframe.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 100
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

This Project is funded by BEIS/ESPRC. Should the funding body withdraw their support from the Project, the University of Birmingham reserves the right to withdraw its requirement off the market.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive
Explanation:

University of Birmingham has recently acquired funding for the construction of a National ‘Soil-Structures Interaction Facility’ and a custom made, computer controlled, ‘Loading, Deformation and Testing System’ is required for the facility. The Testing system is to be supplied by MTS Ltd under a single design, supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning contract with maintenance and post-commissioning warranty. It is to be designed to work properly and safely within a unique academic research environment and, as such, all components of the system are bespoke, facility-specific, highly specialised and must be integrated with the existing testing equipment, numerical simulation capability and Facility building. In particular, the ‘Movable Floor’ and ‘Dynamic-Static Actuator’ deformation systems require bespoke Hydraulic Power Units (HPUs), actuator arrays and a fully autonomous ‘Integrated Control-Operation-Monitoring System’ in order to operate under the requirements of the University's Civil Engineering research programmes. MTS are world leaders in suppling, integrated structural testing systems and have built bespoke testing facilities to Universities and research centers worldwide. They own the patent protected technologies needed for the Testing system and have the expertise and in-house know-how for ensuring that it is successfully integrated within the Facility building in the construction programme timeframe.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Section V: Award of contract/concession

Contract No: SC5827/17
Title:

Develop, Install and Demonstrate Soil-structure Loading, Deformation and Testing Facility

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
18/08/2017
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
MTS Systems Limited
40 Alan Turing Road, Surrey Research Park
Guildford
GU2 7YF
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKG31
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot/concession: 4 400 000.00 GBP
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 4 400 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1214145389
E-mail:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
18/08/2017