Network Rail (Digital Railway Programme)

Open System Architecture Demonstrator

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
1 SME, 4 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
3 SME, 4 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 29 August 2018
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work The commission will involve developing a working demonstrator, based on the architectural target end state defined by the project, which can be applied against an operational scenario defined by the project on a cloud-based platform which can utilise data sets provided on award of the commission.
Latest start date Wednesday 28 November 2018
Expected contract length 4 Months
Location London
Organisation the work is for Network Rail (Digital Railway Programme)
Budget range £100,000

We would like to get as much of our scope delivered as we can for this budget. We will be asking you to confirm in your proposals during the tender process as to what you can deliver for this amount of money.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The project aims to create a visual demonstration of capabilities which show a more integrated system approach to decision making. This will support any further discussions around the strategic direction of the programme and the connection of the CCS systems with the broader decision-making information provided by business systems. The demonstrator is required by February 2019.
Problem to be solved The Digital Railway Programme is currently working towards a defined end state labelled the ‘System of Systems’. At a high level this target end state is composed of discrete and modular CCS systems within isolated geographic route-based deployments. There is an opportunity to evolve this target end state to allow for further capabilities and benefits. The OSA project is seeking to demonstrate this by modelling the target end state against an operational scenario in order to help inform the strategic direction of the project going forward.
Who the users are and what they need to do The demonstrator proposed will be targeted towards stakeholders involved in the on-the-day operation of the UK railway network
Early market engagement Candidate Submissions
To submit a response to the next stage of the tender process you will need to do so on Network Rail’s preferred procurement platform BravoNR. If your organisation is already registered on BravoNR there is no action required.

Action Required: If your organisation is not registered on BravoNR you will need to register prior to submitting a response.

To register use the link below and click ‘Register Now’ once you have arrived on the BravoNR landing page. Populate each of the fields as instructed, once complete Network Rail will confirm your registration via email. Registration is free of charge, requires only basic company information and should take just a few minutes of your time.
Any work that’s already been done The project is in the discovery phase
Existing team The supplier will be working under the direction of the technical lead for the Open Systems Architecture project
Current phase Discovery

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Enterprise House (Paddington, London) although work locations are flexible
Working arrangements The team will work remotely, but will be expected to maintain a full working pattern that will allow them to meet project deadlines, with remote or face-to-face fortnightly team meetings at Enterprise House
Security clearance

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
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of ‘event streaming’
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of geo-spatial solutions and plotting movement on map based views
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of agile delivery methodologies
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of established movement based data science work
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of map based information systems
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of spatial and temporal analytics
  • The successful bidder must be able to start work from Mid to Late November
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of transport data/movement based data
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 6
Proposal criteria
  • Suppliers will be requested to demonstrate their ability to work following a basic Agile process and collaboration Tools
  • Suppliers will be requested to demonstrate through case studies where short assignments have been delivered using Agile delivery methods
  • The supplier will need to identify their preferred public cloud platform and the advantages of that particular platform and how it relates to the problem statement
  • The supplier will be required to detail their proposed approach to data storage in relation to the problem statement
  • Suppliers will be requested to provide a case study where location driven data sets have been processed and analysed to generate greater insight into the operation of spatially distributed domains
  • Suppliers will need to demonstrate the ability to work in a HTML2 type environment and mix map, data forms and dashboards into working user environments showing using browser based displays.
  • Suppliers will be asked to identify risks and dependencies and offer approaches to manage them
  • Suppliers will be requested to demonstrate experience of working in a web map based environment where display of movements was included and input data used to derive anomalies from movement
  • The supplier will be requested to provide CVs of proposed team
  • The supplier will be requested to provide confirmation that the proposed team is available to support the project for the full duration of the contract
  • The supplier will be required to relate the expertise and experience of the proposed resources to the delivery of the problem statement
  • The supplier will be required to confirm that the proposed team members will be available from the required start date
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you are able to adapt rapidly and make decisions
  • Demonstrate your ability to deliver outcomes to resolve project issues
Payment approach Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please advise if we will receive an invite via the BravoNR portal to submit the response to this opportunity? We currently can not see this within the section 'ITT open to all suppliers' via the portal. You need to respond to this oportunity on the digital marketplace first and then for the next stage we will move the tender process onto BravoNR. If you make the shortlist you will get an invite via BravoNR.
2. Please can you confirm that we do not need to complete the questions on the Digital Market Place? You need to respond to this advert on the Digital marketplace & answer the various question on here. This will help us to compile a shortlist of suppliers for the mini-comp part of the tender process on BravoNR. The next stage has not been published on BravoNR yet. you will be notified once it is published and if you make the shortlist.
3. Please confirm this opportunity is under the Digital Outcomes & Specialist Framework and if the associated terms and conditions apply? Yes it is & Yes they do.
4. Please can you give us examples of CCS you use at the moment (or plan to use in future)? The scenario assumes that there are a range of systems that have been highlighted in the Digital Railway strategy (see - ). This includes infrastructure based train detection and protection systems; operational planning and control systems; driver advisory systems.
5. Could you please provide additional information of what you're looking for? The project is aiming to develop a proof of concept for a Digital Integration Hub (DIH) for railway infrastructure. At a high level the DIH can be described as an advanced application architecture that aggregates multiple back-end system of record data sources into a low-latency and scale-out, high-performance data store. A DIH typically supports access to data via an API services layer. The high-performance data store is synchronized with the back-end sources via some combination of event-based, request-based, and batch integration patterns.