The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has released details and specifications for a major geospatial infrastructure project which could be worth up to $300 million.
The DMO has initiated the planning stages of Phase Three of the Geospatial Information Infrastructure and Services concept (also known as JP2064), which will enable Defence personnel to visualise, access, use and exploit geospatial information for military planning, operations and training purposes.
The DMO has invited industry representatives to attend a briefing on the project in Canberra on 18 November 2011, as well as to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and opinions as to the feasibility of the third phase of the JP2064 project.
At this stage it is unknown whether the systems integration components of this phase will need to be procured through the recently established Applications Managed Services Partnership Agreement (AMSPA).
According to the EOI document, the total value of the project is estimated to fall between $100-300 million.
It is also likely that only EOI respondents will be asked to tender for the project upon the commencement of the RFT process.
Forming part of the Defence Capability Plan, JP2064 is comprised of four project phases. Having commenced in March 2002, Phase One provided a range of geospatial source material for the Geospatial Analysis Centre located in Bendigo. No electronic or online methods of distribution were introduced during this phase.
The lack of online connectivity was rectified during Phase Two, which delivered a web-based service enabling Defence users to access authorised geospatial products. In-service support for Phase Two is currently in place.
Phase Three will ensure that all fixed Defence information systems are connected to the total range of geospatial information via simple web-enabled services. DMO is looking to procure systems integration services, and any necessary hardware and software for the roll-out of this phase.
Phase Four will expand this level of access, with the capacity for systems anywhere in the world to access geospatial information. The completion of the fourth and final phase will provide JP2064 with a fully deployable capability, enabling full network centric warfare.
The need to expand Defence user access to geospatial data and information was highlighted in the Department of Defence’s Defence Geospatial Strategy 2010report, which said that the pace of innovation in modern warfare capabilities and technologies made geospatial information and services essential.
“Effective governance will play a key role in delivering outcomes and, in line with the Strategic Reform Program, Defence will re-engineer geospatial business processes across the enterprise,” said the strategy.
“This approach will include a more flexible and agile acquisition process to deliver enhanced geospatial capability. Close partnerships with industry will be critical to the success of the agile acquisition model,” it said.
The Defence White Paper 2009 also called for the deployment of new technologies reliant on geospatial data, information and services in order to boost Australia’s military capabilities and operational efficiency.
Defence will select the successful applicant sometime between FY 2012-13 and FY 2014-15. Phase Three is expected to reach operational capacity in 2014-16. All industry responses for the EOI are due by 5pm 18 December 2011.