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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Submarine Avoidance Manoeuvre

9 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 1 large

1 Completed application

1 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Thursday 6 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 13 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 20 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Plan and conduct a Design Sprint, based on the Google venture method, to design an application to recommend the possible position of a submarine based on its last reported contact by exploiting all information available to a Surface Ship (including the oceanographic environment and conditions).
Latest start date
Monday 16 March 2020
Expected contract length
12 Working Days
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Budget range
Total budget for the task is £32,000

About the work

Why the work is being done
Currently the command team of a surface ship have to use simple time/distance calculation to predict the possible position of an enemy submarine based on its last contact.

Dstl wish to design an application to predict the possible current position of a submarine based in the oceanographic environment to assist the ship’s Command team Situational Awareness and asset deployment.
Problem to be solved
Identify a new way of predicting the possible position of a submarine by exploiting all available information available to a surface ship instead of just using simple time/distance calculations (Furthest On Circles) since last contact.
Who the users are and what they need to do
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Commander – Assistance in assessing all relevant information about the current environment and knowledge of the submarine’s capabilities to identify where a submarine could possibly be located and if it poses a threat to the Task Group. This will assist in the assigning of Anti-Submarine Warfare assets.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
Dstl will provide ASW Experts (serving military personnel) for Interviews and to test the prototype and the Decision Maker to support the Design Sprint.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The selected supplier will work at their home site to undertake the planning, execution and writing up of the Design Sprints.
Working arrangements
The selected supplier will to work at their home site to undertake the planning, execution and writing up of the Design Sprints; however, they will need to work closely with the Dstl Decision Maker.

The key deliverables consist of a Design Documentation, including the journey map, storyboard, prototype and comments from user feedback.
Security clearance
Will require SC.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The contract is only available to UK Nationals.

Skills and experience

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

Essential skills and experience
  • Track record of experience in planning and conducting Design Sprints
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of submarine and anti-submarine maritime operations
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience of developing military application through Design Sprint and Development Sprint processes
  • Understanding of the underwater environment.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs - 35 points
  • Evidence of the above skills and experience - 35 points
Cultural fit criteria
Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you confirm that the 'Google venture method' is compatible with the GDS Service Standard that suppliers on this framework are obligated to follow?
We believe the Google Venture method to be compatible with the service standard as it ensures Service 7 (use agile ways of working) and Service 11 (use the right tools and technology) are used.
2. Please confirm the expected location(s) where the contractor is expected to work from?
The contractors are expected to work at their own office for the planning, execution and documenting the Design Sprint.
3. Is this task outside of IR 35?
As per the CCS guidance Services to be delivered by suppliers under any lots of DOS 4 should be outside the scope of IR35.
4. is there currently an incumbent in this role
There is no incumbent in this role.
5. Will suppliers staff need to already hold a full security clearance or would BPSS be acceptable? If not would DSTL be willing to sponsor clearance
Although the design sprint itself and the outputs will be carried out at Official Sensitive only, planning discussions with MOD SMEs could cover information at UKS. Therefore at least one member of the team offered must hold full SC, and all members must hold BPSS. There will not be time to obtain SC for those not currently holding it.