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Tender Notice


Publishing status
Days to closing
5 years 3 months ago


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2014/02/06 14:00 Atlantic Standard Time (AST)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of delivery
Nova Scotia
Notice type
Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
Trade agreement
  • None
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Department of National Defence

Contact Information

Contact name
LeBlanc, JoAnne
Contact phone
(902) 496-5010 ( )
Contact fax
(902) 496-5016
Contact address
1713 Bedford Row
Halifax, N.S./Halifax, (N.É.)
B3J 3C9
Telephone No.: (902) 496-5010 (    )
Facsimile No.: (902) 496-5016


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Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited
to bid
Attachment: None
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Vendor Name and Address: 
Martec Limited
Martec Limited
1888 Brunswick Street, Suite 400
Halifax Nova Scotia
Nature of Requirements: 
Development of behaviors and capabilities within SeeByte NEPTUNE

LeBlanc, JoAnne
Telephone No. - (902) 496-5010 
Fax No. - (902) 496-5016

1.    An Advanced Contract Award Notice (ACAN) is a public
notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or
agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or
construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing
other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by
submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a
statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in
the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the
contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the
pre-identified supplier.

2.   Definition of requirement

DRDC is studying the role that planning tools could play in
enabling unmanned maritime systems to collaborate through a
common mission plan.  DRDC is also interested in  these planning
tools as a component of the on-board vehicle autonomy framework.
 DRDC is   representing Canada in several upcoming international
trials in 2014.  At these trials, the participants from the
United Kingdom and the United States will bring AUVs that use
the SeeByte NEPTUNE planning tools.  An objective of the trial
is to demonstrate that unmanned maritime vehicles, equipped with
SeeByte NEPTUNE and the WHOI micromodems, are capable of
communicating and inter-operating regardless of the autonomous
vehicle type, brand, middleware, sensors, etc.  

The main tasks of this contract are to implement logging of
sonar data from the DRDC IVER2 AUV within the SeeByte NEPTUNE.
The DRDC IVER2 AUV has NEPTUNE integrated on-board. As well, a
new behavior has to be developed for the SeeByte NEPTUNE  to
allow an AUV that has missed a waypoint, because of its finite
turn radius, to re-acquire the waypoint.

3.  Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities

Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement
of capabilities that its services meets the the requirements
that are detailed herein.

4.   Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier

Martec Ltd. has a teaming agreement with the NEPTUNE OEM,
SeeByte Ltd. and has worked with them for the last two years. 
Martec Ltd. is the only company in Canada that has worked with
the SeeByte SeeTrack and NEPTUNE planning tools.  NEPTUNE is a
plug-in for SeeTrack Military and Martec Ltd. has proven
experience developing modules for SeeTrack Military.  Martec
Ltd. was also the prime contractor for integrating the DRDC
IVER2 AUV with the NEPTUNE planning tools.

Due to their experience and background with SeeTrack Military
and NEPTUNE  and the fact that they are the only Canadian vendor
that is familiar with NEPTUNE,  DRDC recommends the contract for
this proposal be awarded to Martec Ltd.

5.   Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)

The following exception to the Government Contracts Regulations
is invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d) - "only
one person is capable of performing the work".

6.    Ownership of Intellectual Property

This requirement has been reviewed in accordance with "Basis For
DRDC Ownership of Intellectual Property Arising From DRDC
Contracts" form and it has been determined that the Intellectual
Property arising from this requirement should rest with the

Canada intends to retain ownership of any Intellectual Property
arising out of the proposed contract, under the following

(6.4.2) the main purpose of the contract, or of the deliverables
contracted for, is to augment an existing body of Canada's
background information as a prerequisite to the transfer of the
augmented background to the private sector, through licensing or
assignment of ownership (not necessarily to the original
contractor), for the purposes of commercial exploitation; 

7.   The period of the proposed contract

The proposed contract is from the date of contract award, to
March 31, 2014.

8.   A cost estimate of the proposed contract

The estimated value of the contract is $35,000.00 (applicable
taxes extra).

9.   Name and address of the pre-identified supplier

Martec Ltd.
1888 Brunswick Street
Suite 400
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3J8

10.   Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available
to provide the goods, services or construction services
described in the ACAN, may submit a statement of capabilities in
writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or
before the closing date of this notice. The statement of
capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the
advertised requirements.

11.   The closing date for a submission of a statement of

The closing date and time for accepting statements of
capabilities is February 6th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. ADT.

12.   Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities

Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed to:

JoAnne LeBlanc, Supply Officer
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Acquisitions Branch
1713 Bedford Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Telephone:  902-496-5010
Facsimile:  902-496-5016
E-mail address:

This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

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the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contracting authority
may then proceed with the award.  However, should a Statement of
Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the
ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full
tendering process.

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available
to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a
statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person
identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this
Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate
how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

The PWGSC file number, the contracting officer's name and the
closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the
envelope in block letters or, in the case of a facsimile
transmission, on the covering page.

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

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