Services - 251015-2016

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20/07/2016    S138

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2016/S 138-251015

Periodic indicative notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Official name: Network Rail (Infrastructure) Limited
Postal address: The Quadrant, Elder gate
Town: Milton Keynes
Postal code: MK9 1EN
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Vincent Fitzsimons

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

I.2)Main activity
Railway services
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities
The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
Overhead Line Equipment Design Tool.
II.2)Type of contract
II.3)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Network Rail is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ from potential vendors for the Design, Development and Supply of an Overhead Line Equipment Design Tool that will be able to provide a pictorial visualization of data and infrastructure, including industry standards data and algorithms concerned with the design of Overhead Line Equipment systems, imported automatically from a separate file.
The scope of a potential procurement, will cover the design, development and supply of the design tool itself.
However, in the first instance, Network Rail based on the responses received, will determine whether or not to embark on further OJEU actions to engage with the market in procuring such a solution.
II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support, 72200000 Software programming and consultancy services, 72300000 Data services, 72500000 Computer-related services, 72600000 Computer support and consultancy services, 48321000 Computer-aided design (CAD) software package, 48322000 Graphics software package, 48517000 IT software package, 48518000 Emulation software package

II.5)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 2.9.2016
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
II.6)Estimated cost and main terms of financing
II.6.1)Initial estimated cost
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 and 1 500 000 GBP
II.6.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
There will be no payments ensuing for the information supplied by potential vendors. In addition, there will be no payments for any technology demonstration activities performed by potential vendors.
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
Network Rail as part of its drive to substantially improve the United Kingdom rail network and its concept of the digital railway, expects to provide electrification of all major routes over the next few years. In order to achieve this, we must first design and build the overhead electrification lines and equipment needed.
Our initial investigations have identified some potential contender solutions, but none that meet our overall requirement for a fully integrated system. For this reason we are seeking from the wider market contender solutions that are either ‘off the shelf’ fully developed systems, or systems that, with modification or development can meet our specific requirements.
Network Rails High Level Requirements are as stated below:
1) To procure a tool that can be used by the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) Engineers, to develop OLE design models and produce graphical images to support the actual installation and maintenance of the physical structure.
2) The tool must be capable of:
— providing cad (computer-aided drafting) capability to support 2d and 3d design.
— offering a geo-physical view that supports the positioning and displaying of design models.
— supporting the import from external data sources of design details.
— providing automation allowing the same design to be used multiple times.
— acting as a document store and be able to track changes.
— providing design capability to support uk electrification industry.
— providing a range of outputs conforming to bim standards.
— the tool should offer outputs that align with local requirements and standards.
— offering the ability to work collaboratively with other rail disciplines/industries and their software.
— accepting a range of inputs in a variety of file formats.
Note: it should be noted that Network Rail currently utilise a number of products from Bentley Systems International.
We would welcome responses from potential vendors with mature technology products that are potentially capable of meeting our requirement, and who are willing to engage in exploratory discussions, and if required, are willing to allow Network Rail to have the use of a demonstration software package for up to 3 months and provide technical support and guidance to our design team.
The Request for Information period will open on the date of publication of this notice and will run for 2 weeks. At the end of this period submissions received will be reviewed. The potential vendors meeting the criteria described above will be invited to enter into a dialogue to demonstrate the performance of their product and/or how they are able to meet NR's requirements.

Prospective suppliers wishing to express interest in taking part in this process should register that interest in the first instance by providing a brief statement (no more than two pages of A4) outlining the company, its capability and the product(s) it believes will meet NR's requirements as outlined above via email to:

In the event, there are no ‘off the shelf’ solutions available matching our requirements, at NR's discretion, those potential vendors who have responded to this notice may still be invited to engage in exploratory discussions with regard to the mutual agreement of a design brief to be used in a subsequent procurement.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Estimated total value of supplies or services contract(s)
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: