Highways England

Asset Visualisation and Information System (AVIS) Plug-in Development

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
0 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
0 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 20 December 2017
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 27 December 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work Highways England are looking for a digital team to increase the functionality of their online image, inventory and LiDAR viewing software AVIS.
Latest start date Monday 8 January 2018
Expected contract length 3 months
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Highways England
Budget range £450,000 - 500,000

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done Mainly, Avis Plug in development is to give user increased functionality and continued ability to visualise the Highways England Strategic Road Network (SRN) from safety of the office. Users currently access high definition imagery data captured from vehicle surveys, providing camera views along the SRN. Inventory is stored in system and displayed on map interface alongside Ordnance Survey data and can be queried using data tools. LiDAR captured is also loaded into AVIS, visualisation presented through 3D viewer, where a user can load a 3D model at any location. AVIS -3rd year of use with over 600 registered/fully trained users.
Problem to be solved • Interfacing to the incident management system enabling images to be displayed based on a location.
• Interfacing to other asset inventory systems, enabling information to be updated within AVIS, and saved back to the inventory systems
• Increase functionality of the Imaging interface to include image adjustment controls, annotation and enable the export of images as video
• Increase functionality of the map viewer to include measurements, allowing a selection of imagery and assets on a large scale to be taken
• Allow additional mapping layers, e.g. ordnance survey, standard gazetteers, etc
• Ensuring compatibility with Users Operating Environment.
Who the users are and what they need to do As an Engineer, Inspector, Incident Response or Call Centre Staff member, I need easy access to the Asset Visualisation and Information System so that I can respond efficiently to Incidents.
Early market engagement No previous market engagement has been carried out for this new requirement. A copy of the current AVIS user guide will be made available after down selection.
Any work that’s already been done A Discovery Phase has been completed to determine the requirements of key stakeholder groups and to develop the business case. User Epics and Stories will be available after shortlisting.
Existing team You will be working with the core Highways England AVIS team and the AVIS hosting company
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Client meetings will be held in Birmingham, however remote working is acceptable for the course of the project
Working arrangements You will be expected to work on site with the client team as necessary and remotely during the course of the project.
Security clearance BPSS or Disclosure Scotland will be expected for all team members.

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
  • Experience designing and developing online mapping based systems
  • Experience in designing and developing online Content Management solutions
  • Experience in designing and developing online dashboard interfaces
  • Experience in interfacing with 3rd party systems
  • Experience in developing online imaging systems
  • Experience in delivering and interfacing to large scale data management systems
  • Experience in developing OAuth interfaces
  • Experience in storing, developing and delivering spatial data via SQL server
  • Experience in interfacing with online 3rd party API’s
  • Experience in using ESRI Shapefiles
  • Experience in developing, delivering and managing online training materials
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in Mapinfo GIS systems
  • Experience in Asset inventory systems

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Technical experience.
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the service meets the users needs
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Can work with clients with a range of technical expertise
Payment approach Fixed price
Assessment methods Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please could you clarify planned timescales? Application closing date in this phase is 3rd January, with a latest start date of 8th January. What are the plans for any further assessment after initial responses? This project must be completed before end of March 2018.

A dedicated team of experts are available immediately to process the applications after initial responses and notify the shortlisted suppliers.
2. 1: How many set of plugins will be required to be developed?

2: Since the Discovery exercise is complete, are the plugins open source or custom?

3: How many persons do you expect to fulfil this role?

4: Is the budget extensible?

5: Is there an incumbent supplier in place?
1. It is up to the supplier development team. Some plugins can be added to and some will need to be replaced completely.

2.Only the current API documentation will be made available so the supplier can re-use the aspects of the dashboard, none of the source code is available for inspection or re-use.

3. A manageable team of experts, who are available to advise and answer any query during the project.

4.The budget is fixed and not extensible.

5.Yes, AVIS is currently being hosted annually, which will not change. However development has not taken place since purchasing APIs in 2016.