UK-Swindon: Database services.

UK-Swindon: Database services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House,, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, Email:
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK14

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: Yes

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research and innovation

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2171 Vista to EPICS project
Reference number: UKRI-2171

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
72320000 - Database services.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

II.1.4) Short description: the provision of technical and engineering services to support the design, implementation and validation of some work packages of the Vista to EPICS project in ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. The support services will be ordered under a framework service contract by means of task orders. Most of the job can be performed at the Contractor premises but some tasks might require for presence at ISIS premises.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 720,000


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Initial tasks

Move OpenVMS applications to Linux/EPICS. Related to WP-7

The Open VMS servers that host the V-system run many different control applications written in VSI Basic and C. These applications shall be converted into Python and moved to the new Linux servers hosting EPICS.

The first step would be to document each of these software applications. The document shall include a high-level functional description of each application.
Some of these applications are or will be obsolete. The in-house team will use the delivered functional descriptions to identify which of these applications are obsolete and therefore do not need to be moved into the new Linux servers or EPICS.
After this step is done the contractor team will proceed to translate and move the remaining applications from the OpenVMS/Vsystem servers to the Linux/EPICS architecture.

Many of these applications are called from a control screen. A validation process needs to be done to make sure that all the elements in the control chain (screen, application, middleware) are properly linked and operate as expected.
Vsystem specific code includes:

- Readers – input data from controlled hardware, e.g. FINS, Modbus, CPS (internally-developed XML format), etc. Approximately 10 readers, all written in ANSI C.
- Handlers – output data from controlled hardware (same as above). Approximately 10 handlers, all written in ANSI C.
- Applications – either triggered by user action or scheduled. There are a minimum of 346 applications (~125k Lines of Code (LOC)) written in VSI Basic applications, and a further 28 written in C ~2.6k LOC).
- Scripts – a mixture of simple wrappers around other applications, system functionality, and more advanced scripting. There are a minimum of 493 scripts written in DCL (Digital Command Language; the default command line interpreter for OpenVMS systems) (~20k LOC) and a further 26 written in Python (~2k LOC).
- Converters – strictly change engineering units to display units or vice versa, but often used for more complicated purposes internal to Vsystem triggered uses. 25 files (~4.5k LOC) written in Ansi C.
- Vsystem shareable images – overlap with applications above, primarily VSI Basic. These are user generated libraries called by Vsystem, and unlike applications are not runnable separately in a shell.

Validation platform. Related to WP-2, WP-6 and WP-7

Design and build a platform to test and validate the V-system screens that are converted into EPICS, the software applications that are moved from the OpenVMS server into the Linux server and the new middleware interfaces.

This platform will have to check that the EPICS screens are properly linked with the applications in the Linux server and the middleware that conform the rest of the control system. A list of the different types of middleware that we use at ISIS will be given in the TO.

It will also be used to test and validate any new or modified screens, applications and interfaces before these are implemented in the control system.
Apart from the platform itself, a method for the testing and validation of these components as well as a template document for documenting these tests should be given.

II.2.5) Award criteria:

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 40
Cost criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 60

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Open

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJEU: 2022/S 000-014874

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: UKRI-2171
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Not Provided

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 02/08/2022

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1 (SME - as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC)
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
Mobiis Co Ltd, 7158700423
253 Pangyo ro, Bundang gu, Seongnam, 13486, Korea, Republic Of
The contractor is an SME: Yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: Not Provided
Total value of the contract/lot: 720,000
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House,, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Internet address:

VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House,, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 17/08/2022