Procurement: Prepare for the best

first_imgThe UK public sector expenditure was more than £735bn in 2014. A significant amount of that money will have been spent via regulated procurements for public contracts, run in accordance with the EU procurement rules (currently the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland).EU rules dictate that tenders for public contracts are awarded to the “most economically advantageous tender”, either on a lowest cost basis, or using a best price-quality ratio.Most public sector bodies will opt for the best price-quality ratio and create an evaluation methodology that underpins the procurement process and aims to select a tender that fulfils all of their requirements in terms of price and quality.An industry has built up around the creation of evaluation methodologies, which can be extremely complex and include the navigation of numerous formulae and gateways for selection of the winning bid. Nevertheless, these evaluation methodologies are often adopted by the client without it first confirming that they will produce the result it requires. The client is then disappointed when the winning bid (and/or bidder) is not quite what it expected or wanted.This “surprise” at the end of a procurement can be easily avoided by some careful forethought and planning at the beginning of the process, and a savvy client may consider the following:Undertake a dry-run of your evaluation methodology. Will it produce the result you require or are there sections that need tweaking to achieve the desired outcome? Undertake a trial scoring exercise on a couple of mock bids (or re-run past tenders from the last time this contract was put to the market) and feed the results through the evaluation methodology: does it produce the expected results?Consider the message your evaluation methodology presents to the market. Bidders will look past the flowery wording at the beginning of your procurement documents and see what emphasis the evaluation matrix puts on price – your brief may emphasise the need for a high-quality, end-user focused, social-value filled tender, but if you are awarding 60% for price, bidders will quickly see that price is the deciding factor and concentrate on that instead.Understand what bidder behaviour you are incentivising by adopting a particular evaluation weighting or methodology. Are you doing enough to prevent bidders from submitting an abnormally low or undeliverable price? Lowest-price-equals-highest-score tendering will always produce a race to the bottom in terms of price unless the overall price/quality split is so heavily quality-biased that it neutralises the price element of the tender.Confirm your evaluation split remains as stated and is not undermined by the evaluation methodology adopted. If you adopt a 60/40% price/quality split and award full price marks to the lowest price, but do not weight the winning quality mark back up to 60% and pro-rata the rest, the overall price/quality split is not 60/40% and price will end up being comparatively more important than you have stated in the tender documents. Does this undermine the headline evaluation message?Ensure that your evaluation team understands the procurement priorities, the key evaluation criteria and compliance issues arising: all team members should be sufficiently qualified in the relevant specialisms so that they are able to discern the difference between a poor/good/excellent answer. Evaluation can also be skewed in the event that the evaluation team bring their prejudices against certain bidders to the evaluation process: if the scoring criteria are not applied consistently or fairly across all bid proposals, this may adversely affect the ultimate rankings – for all bidders, particularly if a comparative pricing model is adopted.Avoid using an “off-the-shelf” evaluation methodology produced by a consultant or in-house team that has been used for other clients or contracts without ensuring that it fits the priorities for your contract.Evaluating tenders is a science masquerading as an art and public-sector clients need to delve into the detail to ensure they get what they need out of their evaluation methodology. Criteria and formulae can be consistently applied and the outcome should be predictable and therefore produce a fit-for-purpose result. Clients are selling themselves short (and wasting time in procurement) if they fail to give this most important part of the procurement process the attention and detailed analysis it deserves.Rebecca Rees is a procurement partner in law firm Trowers & Hamlinslast_img read more

WWPC names Airland in Mongolia

first_imgThe move coincides with Airland establishing an office in Ulaanbaatar, and according to Jan Jensen, ceo at the project forwarder: “Establishing a local presence in Mongolia was a natural progression for us and supports our commitment to the mining industry in linking local operations to global trade lanes such as Australia, Africa, South East Asia, North and South America and CIS.”

Work set to start at Wismar

first_imgBy 2018 new wharfage will be built with a length of 332 m, plus an additional port handling area measuring 41,500 sq m, including a railway siding and a new road link.The construction will receive federal and state support to the value of EUR23.5 million (USD26.2 million), with the port authority investing the remainder.The second most prominent seaport on the eastern German Baltic coastline after Rostock, Wismar covers 66 ha and boasts 2,500 m of quays, 15 berths and 27 km of its own rail track.Previously, the port authority has indicated that the expansion programme will help it to attract greater volumes of project cargoes, especially plant and machinery; and modules for the renewable energy marketplace.  www.hafen-wismar.delast_img

Scott-Moncrieff recognised in new year honours list

first_imgFormer Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s new year honours list.Scott-Moncrieff, who served as president until July 2013, received the award for services to legal aid.She founded the virtual law firm Scomo in 1987. It now has more than 50 consultants and undertakes both legal aid and privately funded work, and won the mental health legal aid lawyer of the year award in 2005 and 2011.Scott-Moncrieff is also the co-chair of the legal aid and access to justice committee of the International Bar Association.Keir Starmer QC, former director of public prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service, is awarded the KCB. Pamela Brown, senior policy adviser for the CPS, also receives a CBE for services to law and order, particularly for human trafficking prosecution policy.Barrister Harvey McGregor QC, warden of New College, Oxford from 1985 to 1996, is awarded the CBE for services to law and education.John Fassenfelt, former chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, receives the OBE for services to the administration of justice and the community.Other solicitors recognised included Adam Hunt, force solicitor for Essex Police, who received the OBE for services to policing.Gloucestershire solicitor Robin Morris, founder member and chairman of Gloucester Civic Trust, was made an MBE for services to the community. Retired solicitor Lewis Parkyn, a volunteer at Brownsea Island off the coast of Poole, Dorset, received the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to heritage and conservation.The full honours list is available here.last_img read more

Resonant to Present Research Papers on Innovative RF Filter Design Technology

first_img Design and Characterization of SAW filters for High Power Performance (Poster) – Higher data-rates are driving the need to process higher powers in mobile phones. Combined with smaller filter footprints, this represents a significant challenge for mobile filters. This paper introduces novel design techniques to design for high power. Parametric Study of the resonant TC-SAW Piston-mode Configurations (Poster) – TC-SAW is used to maintain the performance of mobile filters at low and high temperatures. However, the design of these structures is complex. This study shows how to design using TC-SAW and evaluates the performance of a difficult mid-band duplexer using this technique. Acoustic Radiation from ends of IDT in Synchronous Resonators (Oral) – Dr. Victor Plessky, Resonant’s Director of Engineering, will discuss how Finite Element Modeling is used to characterize the major loss mechanisms that impact filter performance for different resonator structures. FEM modeling of an entire 5-IDT CRF/DMS Filter (Oral) – Dr. Plessky will discuss how smaller filter footprints require more complex 3D structures which are difficult to model, and therefore more difficult to design. He will show how a FEM model of complex multi-layer filter structures is useful in reducing filter size. Resonant has announced that it will present several papers and research findings at the International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), which will be held September 5 – 9, 2017 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.They will present four new papers, which highlight innovative RF filter design technology. Two of these papers will be presented via displayed posters, and two via oral presentations. The four papers include: The IUS conference is organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is the premier annual forum for researchers to present new results and learn about recent advances in medical and industrial ultrasonics. Over a thousand scientists and engineers attended each of three recent symposia in Chicago (2014), Taipei (2015), and Tours (2016). The event consists of four days of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and short courses. The symposium also includes the annual IEEE Ultrasonics Awards to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of ultrasonics.last_img read more

Mulai 28 Oktober, Batik Air Layani Penerbangan Non-Stop Jakarta-Timika

first_img“Timika akhirnya melengkapi kota tujuan Batik Air di Papua, setelah Sorong melalui Bandara Eduard Osok, Papua Barat (SOQ), Manokwari – Bandara Rendani, Papua Barat (MKW), Jayapura – Bandar Udara Sentani, Papua (DJJ) dan Merauke – Bandara Mopah, Papua (MKQ),” ujar Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Batik Air, Capt. Achmad Luthfie.Penerbangan pertama akan dioperasikan dengan pesawat terbaru Airbus A320-200 berkapasitas 12 kursi kelas bisnis dan 144 kelas ekonomi yang dilengkapi inflight entertainment (audio video on demand) di setiap kursi. Kesungguhan Batik Air ialah menyediakan pelayanan terbaik dan menambahkan kenyamanan tamu saat berada di pesawat (in-flight services) dengan upaya semakin meningkatkan pengalaman terbang sekitar lima (5) jam di kelas premium services airlines berkonsep pre-flight, in-flight serta post-flight.Baca juga: Terbang Perdana 15 Mei, Lion Air Gantikan Batik Air Layani Penerbangan ke Bandara YIABagi tamu dari Timika bisa memanfaatkan menjadi pilihan transit untuk terbang ke Balikpapan, Banda Aceh, Bandar Lampung, Banjarmasin, Batam, Bengkulu, Denpasar/Bali, Gorontalo, Jambi, Kupang, Labuan Bajo, Lubuklinggau, Luwuk, Makassar, Malang, Mamuju, Manado, Manokwari, Mataram—Lombok, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Palu, Pangkalpinang, Pekanbaru, Pontianak, Samarinda, Semarang, Sibolga, Silangit, Surabaya, Surakarta/ Solo, Tarakan, Ternate, Yogyakarta–Adisutjipto, Yogyakarta–Kulonprogo. Untuk rute internasional ke Singapura, Penang di Malaysia, Kunming di Tiongkok serta kota lainnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMulai Hari Ini, Batik Air Buka Penerbangan Jakarta – Banyuwangi19/12/2018In “Bandara”Batik Air Buka Penerbangan Charter Non-Stop Jakarta-Kunming15/03/2019In “Destinasi”Mulai 20 November, Batik Air Buka Rute Jakarta–Don Mueang Bangkok18/11/2019In “Bandara” Setelah sebelumnya melayani penerbangan langsung rute Jakarta-Jayapura, Batik Air, maskapai full service bagian dari Lion Air Group, efektif mulai 28 Oktober 2019 akan membuka penerbangan langsung rute Jakarta-Timika. Selama ini, Batik Air telah melayani rute Jakarta-Timika, namun dengan transit terlebih dahulu di Bandara Sultan Hasanuddin, Makassar.Baca juga: Makin Strong! Batik Air Terima Kedatangan Airbus A320-200CEO Ke-44Dikutip dari keterangan resmi Batik Air (25/10/2019), disebutkan penerbangan pertama akan menggunakan pesawat bernomor ID-6186 yang akan lepas landas melalui Bandara Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang, Banten (CGK) pada pukul 00.05 WIB dan dijadwalkan tiba di Bandar Udara Internasional Mozes Kilangin, Timika pada 07.15 WIT. Untuk rute sebaliknya, Batik Air terbang dari Timika pada 07.55 WIT, menggunakan nomor ID-6187 dan diperkirakan mendarat di Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang pukul 10.50 WIB.last_img read more

Cavs Fall 111-108 in Game 3; Six Takeaways from the Loss

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 CLEVELAND– So much for sweeping their way to the Finals.The Cavaliers fell to the Celtics, 111-108 on Sunday night to notch their first loss of the 2017 Playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, after a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Boston’s Avery Bradley.Coming in to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs matched their perfect 10-0 start of the 2016 Playoffs. Momentum was clearly in Cleveland’s favor after the way they dismantled the Celtics in a historic fashion during Game 2.But after poor second half shooting and a less than stellar defensive effort in Game 3, the Cavs found that momentum swaying towards Boston’s direction in the third quarter.Here are our six takeaways from the game, for Boston’s six third quarter three-pointers that brought them back from a 21-point deficit. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Related TopicsBoston CelticsCavaliersCelticsCleveland CavaliersLebron JamesTristan ThompsonTyronn Lue Ashley Bastocklast_img read more

Alaskan Pilot Dies In Airshow of the Cascades

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Well-known Alaskan pilot and flight instructor Marcus Bruce Paine died over the weekend during a demonstration at the Airshow of the Cascades in Madras, Oregon. Paine was from Anchorage and had extensive military experience. He had been a pilot for more than two decades and taught others about aerobatic flight, including stall and spin awareness. Federal Aviation Administration officials were attending the airshow at Madras Airport and are investigating, along with local police.center_img The 61-year-old crashed while apparently attempting a very low-altitude loop in a Boeing Stearman at about 3pm Saturday.last_img

Uemura leaves World Cup to check injured knee

first_imgSki Association of Japan head coach Yasushi Takano said Uemura is expected to rejoin the other Japanese moguls representatives for the upcoming Turin Olympics at a training camp beginning in Tignes, France, at the end of this month but will miss all the World Cup events scheduled in the runup to the Olympics.“The pain is not so severe, but she is returning to Japan to receive detailed tests to clarify what is actually the cause of the pain. She needs to be better prepared physically and mentally for the Olympics,” Takano said.Earlier this winter, Uemura suffered a bruise on the right side of her lower back in pre-race practice at the season-opening World Cup competition and missed the first two events.The 26-year-old has been limited to only two World Cup appearances out of the five women’s moguls events held thus far this season and finished 15th and 10th.Uemura won a ticket to her third Olympic appearance after winning the dual moguls bronze at the world championships last March, a month after taking the latest of her two career titles on the World Cup circuit. At the Olympic Games, she finished seventh in Nagano in 1998 and sixth in Salt Lake City four years later. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Japanese freestyle skier Aiko Uemura temporarily pulled out of the World Cup circuit Saturday to receive examinations and treatment on an injured left knee, Japanese skiing officials said.Olympic medal hopeful Uemura left Lake Placid for Japan after sustaining the injury on Jan. 13 during a practice run for the final of a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah. She appeared in the final and finished 10th but the continued pain forced her to withdraw from Saturday’s race in Lake Placid.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | More rest needed for athletes between Champs and Trials

first_imgFor me, the argument about the date of the Carifta Trials ended early. A week after Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s bested the Class One 400-metre field at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in 45.65 seconds, he settled into his blocks for the first round of the Trials under-20 event. Listlessly, he drifted around the National Stadium track in 48.62 seconds. He may have misunderstood the Trials qualifying requirements, but at Champs, just the previous week, he clocked 47.68 seconds in the first round, 46.52 in the semis and 45.65 in the final. People underestimate the physical and psychological effort championships extract from athletes, but sadly for Farr and any dreams he might have had about Carifta, his heavy-­legged Trials performance made everything clear. The Trials ended on Sunday with a fine show in the sprint hurdles, and it makes one wonder. Farr and a subdued crew of 400-metre runners raced to qualify on Friday, less than a week after the last day of Champs. On Saturday night, Calabar’s Oblique Seville looked a fraction of the speedster who zipped to gold in the Champs Class One 100-metre final in 10.13 seconds on the previous Friday night. The marque event of the season, the boys’ 800 metres showed a fall-off too. Promising Tyrese Taylor of Enid Bennett High reeled off times of 1 minute 48.85 seconds on March 16 and 1.48.91 two weeks later at Champs. Kimar Farquharson, the Calabar ace, chased past him at Champs to register a record of 1 minute 48.67 seconds. At the Trials, Taylor beat Farquharson, 1.49.75 to 1.50.33. By Sunday afternoon, hurdlers Ackera Nugent of Excelsior and Rasheed Broadbell of St Jago looked nippy. Nugent stepped up to the under-20 100-metre hurdles and zoomed 13.26 seconds. Broadbell, a Class One bronze medallist, blazed a world-class under-20 110-metre time of 13.14 seconds. It seems that rest was the difference. A week after the historic 100th Champs, the 2010 Carifta team stuttered and struggled in Grand Cayman. Tired and besotted with sniffles and coughs, the team still dominated because of its all-round superiority. When Jamaica returns to Cayman for Carifta next week, the same is likely to happen. As we all saw, the Trials did help select World under-20 champions Briana Williams and Kai Chang, long jump phenom, and World under-20 bronze medal winner Wayne Pinnock, Nugent, Broadbell and Seville. Those who are calling for the results of Champs to guide the Carifta selections have to note one thing. Those Games are unusually late this season because the Easter weekend arrives late. That seems to have led to the unique staging of the Trials after Champs, but in time for Jamaica to file its team entries. Given what we saw especially at Trials on Friday, it will be prudent to space the season out a bit more when Easter comes this late in the future. If that happens, the Trials can be placed where it always has been – before Champs. With an extra-late Easter, there should also be time to plug in some rest time between Champs and the Carifta Games. Current circumstances have given ammunition to those who think Jamaica should skip the Carifta Games. However, Easter comes this late just once every seven or eight years. Moreover, the prime benefit of Carifta to Jamaica is the early experience of international championship competition and travel. Even now, long after the first Carifta Games in 1972, there is still nothing else like it. Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more