NOAA Solicitation - Small, Versatile, Basic Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for Shallow Water Use

July 21, 2011 - via FedBizOps

Small, Versatile, Basic Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for Shallow Water Use

Funding Type: RFP
Reference Number: NFFKHC40-11-05440
Response Date: August 3, 2011


In response to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is developing an operational capability to observe and monitor habitat restoration and quantify environmental conditions in restoration areas.  This requires pre- and post-restoration assessments and ongoing surveys of benthic characteristics and three-dimensional characterization of water properties and water quality.  To meet these requirements observations must be carried out through a combination of small boat sampling, fixed time series measurements, and large-scale synoptic surveys.  The latter will require a small, versatile AUV that can operate in shallow water in variable and expandable configurations with different instrument packages.


Small, Versatile, Basic Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for Shallow Water Use
Solicitation Number: NFFKHC40-11-05440
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with FAR Parts 12 and 13, as supplemented with additional information in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a separate solicitation will not be issued. Solicitation Number NFFKHC40-11-05440 is being issued as a Request for Quotation. The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) is 334511 and business size of 500.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Chesapeake Bay Program Office (F/HCX1), has a requirement to procure a Small, Versatile, Basic Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for Shallow water use. The statement of work is incorporated into this synopsis.

Period of Performance: Date of Award through November 30, 2011. The resulting purchase order shall be awarded on a firm fixed price. The award shall be made on a best value basis.

Best value evaluation factors include the following:

1) Approach - Effectively meeting the requirements;

2) Past Performance - Includes relevant experience which describes at least two (2) relevant projects performed in the last two years and quality of performance; and

3) Price - Price will be considered but not evaluated. The evaluation shall be based on use of the adjectival scheme as follows: Excellent (E) - Superior or first class; Good (G) - Beneficial and worthwhile; sound and valid; Poor (P) - Fails to meet to or more requirements; Unsatisfactory (U) - No acceptable, not adequate to carry out.

The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-53.


•    Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
•    Shall be able to be launched and recovered by one individual from shore or 22’ RHIB boat (< 75 lb. and <66” length)
•    Shall include navigation and mission planning software and wireless communications for vehicle command and data download before, during, and post-mission
•    Shall perform active navigation while submerged using a doppler velocity log for precision mission positioning
•    Shall collect high-resolution bathymetry and current profiles below the instrument during mission
•     Shall have an open software design to interface multiple (up to four) user supplied sensors
•    Shall be supplied with integrated basic Pressure, Conductivity, and Temperature Sensors
•    Must operate to depths up to 60 m at speeds > 1 m/s for a duration of >8 hrs
•    Must support “plug in” additional integrated sensors including camera/video recorder, side scan sonar, multi-beam sonar, additional long-range wireless surface communications, underwater communications

•    Expected delivery within 3 months of the beginning of the contract.

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