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Turkey - Flood Forecasting And Early Warning System Project Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2010-81015A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: Sep 29, 2010 4:10 pm
POC Nina Patel, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
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Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Mehmet Çağlar
Director General
Turkish State Meteorological Service
(Devlet Meteoroloji Isleri Genel Mudurlugu)
Kutukcu Ali Bey Addesi No: 4
06120 Kalaba

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for a Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System.

Flooding in Turkey has caused many deaths and significant economic damage. As a result of recent flooding, especially the severe flooding that occurred in September of 2009, the Government of Turkey wants to improve the country's early warning and flood control capabilities. TSMS intends to deploy a comprehensive, nationwide Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System, and TSMS has requested USTDA support for a feasibility study that would define the parameters of that system. The system would take into account the national flood control master plan currently being revised by the State Hydraulic Works.

The overall objective of the proposed FS is to develop a comprehensive road map to be followed by TSMS in the systematic deployment of a fully operational Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System. The USTDA-funded study will develop an implementation plan to assist TSMS in determining its national-level Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System needs, including hardware, software, Geographic Information Systems (GISs), Relational Database Management Systems (RDMSs), sensors, weather and water monitoring equipment, communications equipment, and modeling systems.

The ability to carry out flood analysis quickly is of paramount importance in issuing useful forecasts that allow citizens and businesses the maximum time to prepare for a flood. Therefore, a major emphasis of the FS will be the development of real-time hydrologic modeling and forecasting capabilities in Turkey. The study will provide valuable support to TSMS in selecting and implementing suitable flood models; developing formats for automated data entry into models; generating useful outputs in the form of flood levels, inundation maps, and other information formats; and providing GIS images to disseminate information on the status of floods. The Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System Feasibility Study for TSMS will reduce economic losses, and risks to life, health and safety, due to flooding in Turkey.

TSMS is fully committed to the development and implementation of a modernized, national-level Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System based on the most advanced technology available. In this endeavor, TSMS has the full support of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the State Hydraulic Works, and the newly formed Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority. The recently constituted Flood Team within TSMS (a group of highly qualified meteorologists, software experts, and GIS specialists) will be responsible for management of the Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System Feasibility Study.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $507,420 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and a background definitional mission/desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4PM, November 12, 2010 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Nina Patel
Phone: (703) 875-4357