Hydrographic Surveys Contract Vehicle


The NOAA Office of Coast Survey's hydrographic services contract vehicle offers government entities (federal, state, or local) and nongovernmental stakeholders an efficient mechanism to fulfill their bathymetric data acquisition and processing needs using the private sector's most qualified vendors. Contracting through Coast Survey also supports the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping principles of coordination and collaboration on mapping, to “Map Once, Use Many Times.”

The contract, a Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 36 architectural and engineering vehicle, is made up of seven individual contracts with a total ceiling of $250 million maximum over the life of the five-year contract (FY 2019 - 2023). Multiple, firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) task orders can be awarded against this ceiling as funds are available. There are seven contractors on the current contract and include:

  • David Evans and Associates, Inc.
  • eTrac, Inc (A Woolpert Company)
  • FUGRO USA Marine, Inc.
  • Geodynamics, LLC (A NV5 Company)
  • Leidos, Inc.
  • Ocean Surveys, Inc.
  • Terrasond Limited

The contract is managed by Coast Survey's Hydrographic Surveys Division (HSD) in Silver Spring, Maryland, with contracting officer services provided by NOAA's Acquisition and Grants Office. HSD will assist any agency or partner that has resources to pursue services from this contract. HSD will bring its extensive contracting and hydrographic surveying expertise to the partnership, and will draft requirements, lead negotiations, and manage the project throughout its lifecycle. This contract management and technical oversight are provided at a rate of 5-15% of the total contract cost. In addition, NOAA's Acquisition and Grants Office will assess a fee of 2.0% of the total contract cost.

How to Use the Contract

An agreement using NOAA's authority to receive funds (33 U.S.C. § 883e) may be required to use this contract; our team can work to establish or amend the appropriate agreement format as necessary. Onsite contract management and limited technical consultation are provided at a cost of 4-6% of the awarded contract value. Individual task orders are managed via webmap services and the Task Order Management and Information System (TOMIS), a web-based system that allows the contractors and the government to monitor and document contract and contractor performance

Services Provided on Contract

  • Data Acquisition: aerial, shipboard, and unmanned/autonomous vehicles; collection methods include, but are not limited to:
    • Multibeam Echosounder
    • Side Scan Sonar
    • Lidar (topographic, bathymetric, mobile)
    • Subsurface and aerial feature investigations
    • Sediment Sampling
  • Products acquired include, but are not limited to:
    • Bathymetric data (multibeam, single beam, lidar)
    • Backscatter
    • Water Column
    • Side Scan Sonar imagery
  • Survey and control services, including the installation, operation, and removal of water level and Global Positioning System (GPS) stations
  • Data processing,quality assessment and review of all acquired hydrographic data
  • Data management and stewardship through data archive
  • High-resolution topographic/bathymetric product generation

Contract Features

  • Provides access to the hydrographic community's most qualified vendors
  • Is available to other federal, state, and local agencies and nongovernmental stakeholders through documented agreements
  • Ability to rapidly award task orders in times of national disasters
  • Deliverables can be tailored to partner requirements

Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

Christy Fandel
NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, Hydrographic Surveys Division
Silver Spring, MD