Dstl UK Ministry Of Defence

Modelling and Simulation Developer

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
14 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
3 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 15 August 2019
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 22 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 29 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Dstl Command Lab initiative aims to support Future Operations Room concepts. This work is focused to develop the synthetic environment including required simulation components, CMS Emulator and operator GUI outputs to provide an Initial Operating Capability (IOC). Open standards and interfaces shall be implemented to interoperate with other simulation engines.
Latest start date Monday 2 September 2019
Expected contract length 12 months
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Dstl UK Ministry Of Defence
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with 1. Dstl Command Lab Management-Committee (CMC) consist of management, commercial and technical partners.
2. Dstl SMEs consist of technical experts in the area and independant reviewers.
What the specialist will work on 1. Develop the Synthetic Environment and required simulation components in a VBS3 Simulation Engine
2. Develop a Combat Management System Emulator linked to the Simulation Engine
3. Develop operator GUI outputs to display CMS information
4. Operator GUI outputs similar to Type 23 platform display and controls consisting mainly of low fidelity sensor detection information
5. Generate progress and technical reports of all development work
6. Maintain a log of bug fixes
7. Support to capability growth beyond the Initial Operation Capability
8. Support to the architecture and interoperability of the capability using open interfaces such as DIS protocols

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The selected supplier is free to work at home site to undertake the development work; However, the interim software drops and all supportive briefs/presentations, and the final delivered output (IOC Demonstration) will be at Dstl Portsdown West.
Working arrangements The supplier is free to work at home site for the development work; However, they will need to work closely with Dstl and shall provide interim update demonstrations in Dstl Portsdown West using Dstl IT, minimum of 3 software drops demonstrating the progress of the simulation environment and entities over the contract period until the IOC demonstration. The key deliverables consist of the management progress reports, software drop briefs and reports, interim technical reports explaining the development work and a final report post IOC demonstration.
Security clearance Security Clearance (SC) Cleared Personnel Only

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate the breadth, depth and a track record of experience in gaming engine and / or modelling and simulation environment development work.
  • Have fundamental knowledge and experience of configuring synthetic environment and entities including open simulation interface protocols used to link with other real-time / synthetic emulators and simulation engines.
  • Use technical expertise to identify the required fidelity of simulation components in the SE to achieve requirements.
  • Demonstrate in their bid a clear technical plan, methodology, evidence based approach and scope of work that would lead to the requirements being achieved.
  • Demonstrate experience in gaming engine and / or modelling and simulation from a user's perspective.
  • Basic level of understanding / experience with VBS3 SDK (Software Development Kit) and modular C plug-in architecture.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previously developed military operator GUIs for decision making HMI experiments.
  • Have basic knowledge and understanding of maritime C2 systems and a typical RN warship's Combat Management System.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Take responsibility to identify technical development work when required.
  • Capable of providing clear explanations of the work to non-specialist staff.
  • Provide any feedback post IOC demonstration for further development.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there a current incumbent? No, there is no current incumbent. This is a new requirement.
2. Can you please confirm the IR35 status of this position? We are investigating this and will respond shortly.
3. Can you please confirm the IR35 status of this position? This is an EMR requirement and we are interested in the delivery of the end technology/IOC demonstrator. Hence, IR35 does not apply.
4. Is there any stipulations around Dual Nationals? SC Cleared UK Nationals Only.
5. Please may you clarify what is meant by "Home-Site"? Do you have specific restrictions on what a "Home-Site" is? SC Cleared UK National undertaking the work in an environment such as their parent site / office where there are appropriate security measures for the development to take place.
6. What is the proposed budget? TBD. Dependant on the proposal of the plan and execution of the end deliverable.
7. Could you please advise what the day rate would be for this role? TBD
8. Would the buyer be able to support SC clearance or is this expected to be in place already? SC Clearance is expected to be in place already.