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C22-0411-1733: Simple ARD Processing
Closing date for return of tender Tuesday 4 April 2023 @ 16:00 Hours

Background to Project

The Simple ARD Service Project Management Group made up of JNCC, The Scottish Government, NatureScot, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA-NI) are looking to outsource the production of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Since 2019 JNCC has been producing ARD to this specification for Scotland and Northern Ireland:

The contract is now ending and JNCC would like to appoint a new supplier to ensure continuity of supply of ARD to the same standard, including making the data publicly available via the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) Archive.

JNCC is looking for a contractor to take over the provision of this ARD using the workflows on GitHub (linked below) with the characteristics noted in the workflows that cover both Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Bidders are asked to provide separate quotes for each country.

The JNCC workflows use ARCSI for Sentinel-2 and SNAP for Sentinel-1, together with the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL). ARCSI, SNAP and GDAL are all open source.  JNCC is in the process of updating the workflows to use the latest versions of software and will make these available to the successful contractor. JNCC will also make the 10 m resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) available if required. 

Although these are established workflows, the successful contractor would be transporting them to a new environment.  The outputs will therefore need to be checked thoroughly to ensure consistency with the existing data.  JNCC can provide the QC protocols established.

Next Steps

If interested in this project potential bidders are invited to download the following documents from the advert on ​Contracts Finder - Simple ARD Processing and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender letter (ITT).

Timetable (Please see Annex A for full Procurement Timetable)

  • Date for return of tender: Tuesday 4 April 2023 @ 16:00 Hours
  • Proposed start date: 2 May 2023
  • Proposed end date: 31 March 2025


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