Services - 221439-2018

24/05/2018    S97

United Kingdom-Reading: Software programming and consultancy services

2018/S 097-221439

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Postal address: Shinfield Park
Town: Reading
NUTS code: UKJ11 Berkshire
Postal code: RG2 9AX
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Meteorological Services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Copernicus COP_043 WEkEO (DIAS) Processing, Data Access and Tools Software

Reference number: COP_043
II.1.2)Main CPV code
72200000 Software programming and consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Design, development, implementation and support of the Processing, Data Access, and Tools software aspects.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: 00 Not specified
Main site or place of performance:

On Contractor's premises.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

As part of the European Union’s Copernicus programme, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), together with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and Mercator Ocean, have joined forces to implement a Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) platform called WEkEO.

The WEkEO (DIAS) platform will consist of a cloud-based infrastructure that will make all Copernicus data and information available to its users as well as the tools needed to process the data.

Within WEkEO (DIAS) there are 4 distinct procurement areas:

— Services and Operations.

— Processing, Data Access, and Tools Software.

— System Engineering and Validation.

— User uptake, Marketing, and User Support.

And there will be several iterations of the platform: V0, V1, V2 and V3, each adding additional functionality to create a fully working cloud infrastructure.

This ITT refers to the design, development, implementation, and support of the Processing, Data Access, and Tools software aspects of V1 and shall become operational in Q1 2019.

The successful bidder is expected to deliver the following:

— The development of a common data access API to all data and information available in the WEkEO (DIAS) platform, hiding from the users the details of the access methods of each dataset;

— The design and implementation of virtual machine images that are preloaded with a set of software and tools to allow users to access and process the Copernicus data and information;

— The design and implementation of a “big data” platform that will allow users to efficiently perform analytics and machine learning (AI) on very large volume of data and information available in the WEkEO (DIAS).

— The maintenance and support of the software delivered during the V1 operations period which is expected to last until the end of Q4 2019.

Prior to the release of the Invitation to Tender (ITT), ECMWF will organise a webinar to give an overview of the forthcoming ITT and the workings of the procurement process. For further information, and to register as a participant, please go to or

II.2.14)Additional information

See Section VI.3.

The contract is related to the Copernicus programme:

Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.


II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's eProcurement Portal ( and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction. Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: