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Procurement Notice Details
Software package and information systems [ess activity cells virtual reality]
UK and Sweden
Purchaser: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
27/02/2018 S40 - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable
United Kingdom-Abingdon: Software package and information systems
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Name and addresses
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Culham Science Centre
Contact person: Paula Barham
Telephone: +44 1235466933
Fax: +44 1235466859
NUTS code: UKJ14
Main address: www.uk-atomic-energy.org.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: http://www.ccfe.ac.uk/TenderDocs.aspx?DocName=Virtual.zip
Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
Other activity: Fusion Research
Section II: Object
Scope of the procurement
ESS Activity Cells Virtual Reality
Main CPV code
Type of contract
Active cells virtual reality system (ACVR).
Estimated total value
Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
Additional CPV code(s)
Place of performance
NUTS code: SE22
Main site or place of performance:
Description of the procurement:
The European spallation source is a European research infrastructure consortium (ERIC) committed to the goal of building and operating the world leading facility for research using neutrons. Once constructed in Lund, Sweden, it will provide new opportunities for researchers in a broad range of scientific areas including life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics. It will be an accelerator-based facility producing neutrons for a large array of advanced instruments. Construction started in July 2014, aiming at the source producing first neutrons around 2020.
The UK is a partner in construction of the ESS alongside 15 other European countries, and has committed significant funding for construction.
STFC is managing the UK contribution to ESS, which includes in-kind contributions to construction of the facility. The ACVR is a software system to be delivered by RACE — a department of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
The active cells will be a windowless environment where the only view on processes ran inside the cells will be provided by cameras to operators acting remotely in a control room. For this reason, the Active cells virtual reality system (ACVR) has been specified to support operators with synthetic views of processes inside the cell. The system will also be used in an offline context to simulate remote handling operations for the concept development of new processes.
The scope of the system consists of a software suite for viewing and interacting with a digital twin of the remote environment, importing geometry from existing datasets, and animating representations of robotic equipment using control system data in real-time. Due to the long lifecycle of the system, the software must be easily extended to incorporate with new elements of the control system, and allow future integration with the live video distribution and viewing system.
RACE is seeking suppliers with experience of providing such systems and information regarding their software products.
The information received via this market enquiry will allow RACE to assess the feasibility of using existing commercially available technical solutions for the ACVR and will aid UKAEA strategy for this requirement going forward.
To download the market enquiry pack please follow the link below.
Please ignore the wording tender doc's, this is only a market sounding enquiry.
Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
Section IV: Procedure
Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
Section VI: Complementary information
Date of dispatch of this notice:
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