The second contract, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with a base period of 1 year and 4 one-year option periods, for a total value not to exceed $12 million. Under the contract, Jacobs will provide regional multi-discipline architect-engineering services to USACE in the Rock Island, IL; St Louis, MO; and St. Paul, MN districts. The work involves three broad areas: inland marine transportation system – locks and dams, channel, and harbor projects; flood damage reduction – levee, floodway and channel projects; and other civil works projects such as recreational trails, ecosystem restoration, dredging, parking lots, roadways, security fencing, buildings, erosion protection, landscaping, and water/wastewater structures. Jacobs’ services may include structural, civil, geotechnical, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical engineering, plus architecture, landscape architecture, cost engineering, and specification writing.
Combat engineering is emerging as an under-appreciated but critical component of counter-insurgency work, with applications that range from restricting the battlefield to building cooperation with civilian populations. Britain is improving its own capabilities, and has just ordered 60 Terrier Armored Engineering Vehicles for the Royal Engineers, under a GBP 300 million ($430 million equivalent) contract with BAE Systems. The vehicles was designed in Leicester and will be assembled in Newcastle, with over 90% of its manufacture supported by companies from across the UK. Terrier will replace the existing Combat Engineer Tractor (CET) beginning in 2011, and will work alongside the Royal Engineers’ heavier Challenger 2 derived TROJAN AEV/AVREs.
Having the right capabilities on hand isn’t always a matter of having high-tech, expensive items. A British base near Basra had been coming under attack by rockets fired from the marshes of the nearby Shatt-Al-Arab waterway. Many of the rockets use timers, so anything short of controlling the surrounding area was not going to suffice. In 2007, the attacks on the main Contingency Operating Base peaked at more than 15 each day.
Challenger tanks had defeated challenges aong the roads, but they weren’t the answer here. Nor were Britain’s UAVs, whose limited field of view is not a practical or effective way to cover so many square miles. Instead, small “Mark 6” boats that one might use for casual fishing expeditions did the trick, motoring in shallow areas where even the British combat support boat and rigid raider hesitate to cruise. Those larger boats patrol the main channels, while troops were pushed out to austere forward operating bases and used Mark 6 boats for patrols of the waterways and associated islands. Those patrols, and improved Iraqi control of Basra, have combined to drop the number of attacks sharply. UK MoD release.
Aug 11/08: The Watts-Healy Tibbitts joint venture in Honolulu, HI receives an initial $42.4 million increment to build a drive-in magnetic silencing facility at Beckoning Point, Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The 2nd increment will be funded in FY 2009 at $35.9 million, and the 3rd increment will be funded in 2010 at $6.6 million to finish the $84.8 million contract. The contract also contains an unexercised option, which would increase the cumulative contract value to $86.1 million.
The reason behind these expensive facilities is simple. Any mass of iron stressed in the earth’s magnetic field becomes a magnet. Riveting and other construction activities magnetize a ship, as do some operational activities. That magnetization then changes gradually when the ship is underway, depending on its heading and location. A magnetized object can be detected, of course, and magnetic field changes can also be used as a trigger for weapons like mines and homing torpedoes. Magnetic Silencing Facilities provide deperming/ degaussing, which reduces the ship’s electromagnetic signature to a point that’s much closer to the earth’s natural level. Cryptome has a partial list of American MSFs, including some photos and links.
Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and is expected to be complete by October 2010. This contract was competitively procured, with 41 offers solicited and 4 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, HI (N62742-08-C-1311).
Over the past couple of weeks, billions of dollars of potential sales to Iraq have been announced: M1117 armored cars, LAV family wheeled armored personnel carriers, M1 Abrams tanks, armed reconnaissance helicopters, and more. All of which, to the last item, will be useless if the supporting infrastructure for them is insufficient or does not exist.
Emsworth Locks and Dams is one of 6 major river facilities on the Ohio River, standing at the head of the Ohio River navigation system. It forms a 24-mile pool on the three rivers around the city of Pittsburgh – but at present, the dam cannot be operated to control flood flows. Hence the US Army Corps of Engineers project to install more modern equipment.
Joseph B. Fay Co. in Tarentum, PA received a $34.4 million contract for work on Emsworth Locks and Dam’s Main Channel Damon the Ohio River in Pennsylvania. Work will include the replacement of 8 vertical lift gates; removing the existing vertical lift gates, gate hoist machinery, and machinery houses; fabricating and delivering 3 new lift gates; transporting and installing 3 government-furnished lift gates; modifying 1 existing lift gate; replacng operating machinery, electrical systems and controls; modifying the dam piers to accommodate the new hydraulic gate hoist equipment, replacing embedded metal in the gate recesses of the dam piers; installing the new lift gates; and building new machinery houses.
Work will be performed in the Emsworth Locks and Dam, Ohio River, PA and is expected to be complete by Aug 1/11. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Bids solicited online on April 14/08, and 3 bids were received by the US Army Engineer District in Pittsburgh, PA (W911WN-08-C-0008).
Those government maps have to come from somewhere. Psomas and Associates, in Costa Mesa, CA have received a maximum $7.5 million firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity to perform surveying and mapping for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest. Work will include cadastral surveys, topographic surveys, aerial surveys, geodetic surveying, construction surveys, Alta surveys, hydrographic surveys, special studies, title searches, civil site improvements drawings and specifications and GIS (geographic information system) database/mapping.
Locations will include Calif. (87%), Ariz. (5%), Nev. (5%), Colo. (1%), N.M. (1%) and Utah (1%), and work is expected to be complete in July 2009. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC e-solicitation website, with 13 proposals received by NAVFAC SW in San Diego, CA (N62473-08-D-8640).
WRS Infrastructure and Environment, Inc. in Tampa, FL received a $7 million firm-fixed price contract for the construction of a water resource area and irrigation reservoir levees, canals, pumping stations, control structures, siphon, access roadways, and associated work in Florida’s Highlands and Okeechobee Counties. Readers who don’t fish for bass can consult the map above to find these counties, located in Florida’s central farming belt just north of Lake Okeechobee.
Work is expected to be complete by Nov 30/10. 65 bids were solicited on April 2/08, and 19 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Jacksonville, FL (W912EP-08-C-0013).
Mike Hooks, Inc. in Westlake, LA won a $9.4 million firm-fixed price contract for maintenance dredging of Louisiana’s Calcasieu River and pass between mile 17.0 to mile 23. The contract includes optional dredging of the main channel between miles 23 and 26.5 and between miles 26.5 and 29.3, optional dredging of Devil’s Elbow, optional dredging of Clooney Island loop, and optional dredging of Coon Island channel, Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, LA. Work is to be performed at Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, LA with an estimated completion date of Feb 20/09. Bids were solicited via the web with 3 bids received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District in New Orleans, LA (W912P8-08-C-0059)
The Calcasieu River is actually on the other side of the state from New Orleans, and matters most to the western port city of Lake Charles. Lake Charles is the 16th-largest seaport in the United States, the 4th-largest liner service seaport in the U.S. Gulf, and a major West Gulf container load center. The Calcasieu Ship Channel provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, and intersects the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway just north of Calcasieu Lake.
May 12/08: Harper Construction Co., Inc. in San Diego, CA won a $22 million firm-fixed price contract for re-stationing of 31st Air Defense Artillery from Fort Bliss, TX, including construction of primary infrastructure and site development at Fort Sill, OK to support the new “Net Fires center” there. Work is expected to be completed by March 1/10. See this Corps of Engineers page for more details regarding the relocation project, which has a total of $148 million programmed for the move. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 21/07, and 2 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Tulsa, OK (2912BV-08-C-2002).
The 31st ADA Brigade operates Patriot missile batteries, and also includes a combat support hospital and associated detachments. Its attached reserve unit the 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment, operates Avengers, Hummers equipped with a combination gun/Stinger missile package.