FBO Notice Date 11/20/17
BIDS Reference Number 197
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Professional, Administrative, And Management Support Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, NAVFAC EXWC Port Hueneme, 93043-4301

R -- Explosion Effects, Risk Assessment, and Protective Construction Support for Explosives Safety SOL N3943018RXXXX DUE 011918 POC Richard Epstein, Contract Specialist, Email richard.s.epstein@navy.mil - Robert Conway, Project Manager, Phone (805) 982-1248, Email robert.conway1@navy.mil

Performance Work Statement (PWS)


Explosion Effects, Risk Assessment, and Protective Construction Support for Explosives Safety


The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) Explosion Effects and Consequence Division provides solutions and services in the areas of explosives safety, blast effects analysis, and protective construction design to activities and agencies across the Department of Defense (DoD). One of the primary components that NAVFAC EXWC supports is the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB), who maintains and improves the standards for storing, handling and maintaining explosives within the MilitaryServices worldwide. This work statement is to provide engineering services to NAVFAC EXWC in three of the support areas that are currently being provided to DDESB: the Risk Assessment Program, the DDESB Science Panel, and DoD Protective Construction..


In December 1999, the RBESCT recommended and the DDESB approved the use of the Technical Paper (TP) 14 quantitative risk assessment model and DoD risk acceptance criteria for a 3-year trial period. The trial period for explosives safety risk-based siting was periodicallyextended until the methodology was officially adopted and incorporated into theDepartment of Defense (DoD) explosives safety manual DoD 6055.09-M. The DoD Components are authorized by DoD 6055.09-M to apply the guidance and criteria for submitting DoD risk-based explosives safety site plans to the DDESB for review and approval.

In January 2007, the DDESB Chairman approved the DDESB Science Panel as a DDESB Working Group. Initially the Science Panel was a subpanel of the RBESCT that developed the physical science andconsequence algorithms and conducted test programs to support the development of TP-14 and the DDESB risk-based siting software tool SAFER. The applicability of the resulting test data transcends risk-based criteria and applies to other standards, i.e., Quantity-Distance (QD) standards. To accommodate the Science Panel addressing broader applications, the decision was made to transform the RBESCTsubpanel to a DDESB Working Group. The Science Panel continues to support the RBESCT, as well as the DoD Explosives Safety Testing Steering Group (DDESTSG) andother DDESB-sponsored endeavors. In recent years, the RBESCT transformed into the Risk Assessment Program to take on the broader scope of supporting explosivessafety risk assessment across the Services through Explosives Safety Munitions Risk Management (ESMRM).

In 2012, work began on merging the DDESB's risk-based siting methodologies into DDESB's Automated Site Planner (ASP) tool. DDESB's ASP tool is the Explosives Safety Siting (ESS) software, and has been developed based on requirements defined by the Services. The primary requirement was to link non-graphic facilities and explosives data to facilities represented in electronic maps, and then develop an automated process to access that information and evaluate it against automated explosives safety siting regulations that specify minimum required separation distances between a Potential Explosion Site (PES) facility and its surrounding facilities. The geospatial relationships provided by the mapping data and explosives information already stored within ESS will be used for the risk-based siting tool.

Whereas ESS implements the QD requirements defined within DoD 6055.09-M and the other Component level explosives safety criteria, the current risk-based siting tool implements the methods defined within TP-14 and other relevant documents.Both DoD 6055.09-M and TP-14 are updated periodically as the state of the art in explosives safety knowledge advances.

UFC 3-340-02 is the approved design and analysis manual for protective construction required to demonstrate equivalent explosives safety protection. DDESB is chair of the UFC 3-340-02 Technical Working Group (TWG) and works to continuously update the manual. Additionally, they are also have final determination regarding the compliance of structures and systems providing reduced QD, either via testing or analysis.


The scope of this effort will support the Risk Assessment Program, the DDESB Science Panel, and DoD Protective Construction. The support is defined as three separate but related tasks.

3.1. Risk Assessment Program Support

The approved DoD quantitative risk assessment method is definedin DDESB Technical Paper (TP) 14, which combines algorithms defining consequence, exposure, probability of event, and uncertainty associated with each term. Research historical accident data and develop analytical procedures to quantify the probability of event for various explosives operation types. This shall include any environmental or other factors that could increase or decrease the likelihood of a mishap. Perform a top-down assessment of the uncertainty model and an improved uncertainly method shall be generated using the most appropriate statistical assessment and probability distributions for the inputs. Any and all changes to the algorithms and methods shall beperformed and documented, and all changes shall be incorporated into TP 14 withreview and oversight from the Risk Assessment Program and the Services. Supportthe development of qualitative risk assessment models requiring minimal input but maximize fidelity in the answer provided. Assist in the transition of these technical models into tools for the end-users. Support the continued enhancement and development of TP-23. Operational support shall include training of risk-based methods to various DoD personnel as directed by the DDESB Risk Assessment team.

3.2. DDESB Science Panel Support

The DDESB Science Panel has conducted numerous explosives safety related tests over the past decade. Explosives safety testing support of government run and lead tests, including data collection, drafting of test plans, data analysis, report generation, and interpretation of results is required. DDESB Science Panel support shall also include technical support of meetings. Typically, there will be one in-person meeting per year, in addition to telecons every other month. Assignments will be as directed per task order, based on the TP-14 priority list as determined by the RBESCT and the DDESB Science Panel, as well asother explosives safety-related tasking. It is also required to provide supportto the DDESB Science Panel in the Klotz Group, an international group of subject matter experts on explosion produced debris and consequences, as well as in NATO subject matter expert technical working groups, such as AC/326 Subgroup C andthe AASTP-4 Risk Analysis Working Group. Various explosives safety documentation, as outlined in Section 4, will require upkeep and maintenance at periodic intervals, which will require Science Panel support as needed.

3.3 DoD Protective Construction Support

Protective Construction support for the DDESB generally falls into one of two categories: 1) updates and enhancements to UFC 3-340-02 or 2) design and demonstration of reduced quantity distance (QD) structures or solutions.UFC 3-340-02 is the required DoD design manual for protective construction whenthe QD requirements of DoD 6055.09-M cannot be satisfied, and the UFC 3-340-02 Technical Working Group leads the ongoing effort to update and enhance the document. Updates include ensuring compliance with a variety of other related structural documents, whereas enhancements entails sufficiently demonstrating either via testing or analysis that new technologies are sufficiently adequate for incorporation into design code under intensive blast loading. Whereas UFC 3-340-02 supports design and analysis of site specific scenarios subjected to blast loads from potential accidental explosions, DDESB TP-15 defines a series of standard structure designs that have a prescribed reduced QD associated with them. These aredemonstrated either analysis or testing, and require periodic update. In addition to support of reduced QD designs, testing or analysis to support other protective construction design is required, such as assistance with development of substantial dividing wall criteria or HD 1.3 structural design criteria.


4.1. DOD Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards, DoD 6055.09-M, Volume 1 Change 1, 12 March 2012.

4.2. DDESB Technical Paper No. 13, Revision 1, Prediction of Building Debris for Quantity-Distance Siting, April 1991.4.3. DDESB Technical Paper No. 14, Revision 4, Approved Methods and Algorithms for DoD Risk-Based Explosives Siting, 21 July 2009.

4.4. DDESB Technical Paper No. 15, Revision 3, Approved Protective Construction, May 2010.

4.5. DDESB Technical Paper No. 16, Revision 5, Methodology for Calculating Primary Fragment Characteristics, 19 December 2016.

4.6. DDESB Technical Paper No. 17, Revision 2, DDESB Blast Effects Computer Version 7 User's Manual and Documentation, 19 December 2016.

4.7. DDESB Technical Paper No. 19, Revision 4, User's Reference Manual Safety Assessment for Explosives Risk, November 2008.

4.8. DDESB Technical Paper No. 21, Procedures for the Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation of Explosion-ProducedDebris - Revision 1, 22 October 2007.

4.9. DDESB Technical Paper No. 23, Assessing Explosives Safety Risks, Deviations, and Consequences, 31 July 2009.

4.10. UFC 3-340-01, Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapon Effects, 1 June 2002.

4.11. UFC 3-340-02, Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions, Change 1, 1 July 2014.

4.12. Allied Ammunition Storage and Transport Publication, AASTP-1, Edition B Version 1, NATO Guidelines for the Storage of Military Ammunition and Explosives, December 2015.

4.13. Allied Ammunition Storage and Transport Publication, AASTP-4, Edition 1 Version 4, Explosives Safety Risk Analysis Part I and Part II, September 2016.

4.14. "Risk-Based and Hybrid Explosives Safety Siting Requirements", December 2012.


Requirements of any one person may meet some of the requirements of one or more categories.

Senior Program Manager

The offeror shall demonstrate that this key personnel has the expertise/experience necessaryto successfully execute the task order, including at a minimum:

a. A Bachelors Degree inScience, Information Systems, Computer Science or Engineering, at a minimum

b. A demonstrated capability to organize and direct technical and management programs which include multidiscipline tasks and requirements.

c. Experience in the application of DoD, Army, Navy and/or Air Force explosives safety criteria.

d. Five years experiencewith risk-based explosives safety siting, to include both application of modelsand knowledge of the DoD approval process.

e. Knowledge of and experience with developing explosion effects and consequences models for the application of explosives safety purposes.

f. Experience with, andan understanding of the DoD explosives safety site planning submittal and approval process.

g. A detailed knowledge of DoD contracting procedures and regulations.

Blast Effectsand Consequences (BEC) Engineer

The offeror shall demonstrate that this key personnel has the expertise/experience necessaryto successfully execute the task order, including at a minimum:

a. A Bachelors Degree in Engineering or an equivalent Physical Science.

b. Ten years experience in the prediction and modeling of explosion effects and consequences.

c. Five years experience using and applying risk-based models for explosives safety purposes.

d. Experience on at least five projects with prediction models for explosives-produced debris, to include modeling of primary fragmentation from munitions and/or secondary fragmentation from donor structures.

e. Five years experience using software tools for the prediction of explosioneffects and explosives risk analysis. These software tools can include, but arenot limited to, ASAP-X, FAST-Site, HAZ-X, SAFER, ESS, or other equivalent software codes.

f. Knowledge and understanding of risk-based siting models as it relates to the incorporation of blast effects and consequence.


The offeror shall demonstrate that this key personnel has the expertise/experience necessaryto successfully execute the task order, including at a minimum:

a. A Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, or an equivalent Physical Science.

b. Knowledge and familiarity with quantitative risk assessments as they are used within the explosives safety community.

c. Demonstrate an understanding of risk management and risk modeling.

d. Possess a background in application of statistical distributions to represent various phenomena, to includequantitative assessments and representations of uncertainty.

e. Ten years experience in projects requiring analysis of probability and uncertainty and implementation into automated assessment models and/or software codes.

f. Show familiarity with usesand characteristics of different statistical distributions.

g. Possess an understanding ofstatistical modeling methods and manipulating their algebraic representations.

h. Familiarity with various risk criteria used within the United States and in international communities.

Protective Design (PD) Engineer

The offeror shall demonstrate that this key personnel has the expertise/experience necessaryto successfully execute the task order, including at a minimum:

a. A Bachelors Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.

b. Be a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil Engineering. Being a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) is not required but is deemed preferable.

c. Ten years experience in thedesign and analysis of structures to resist the effects of accidental explosions, using UFC 3-340-02.

d. Five years experience numerical modeling of structures under dynamic loading using high fidelity, physics based finite element codes.

e. Five years experience in analyzing structural response of buildings and windows under blast loading. Applicable experience may include, but is not limited to, single-degree-of-freedom analysis, advanced finite element analysis, and development of fast-running models.

f. Five years experience using applicable structural software tools. These software tools can include, but are not limited to, SBEDS, SBEDS-W, Wingard, BlastX, SHOCK, FRANG, ConBlast, ConWep, or other equivalent software codes.

Analysis and Testing (AT) Engineer

The offeror shall demonstrate that this key personnel has the expertise/experience necessaryto successfully execute the task order, including at a minimum:

a. A Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or an equivalent Physical Science.

b. Five years experience in the conduct of explosives safety testing and development of test plans.

c. Demonstrated experience with post-test debris collection and familiarity with procedures as outlined withinDDESB Technical Paper No. 21.

d. Five years experience with data analysis, interpretation of results, and application of empirical data to analytical models.

e. Experience and ability to write and produce technical reports and documentation of tests, to include generation of applicable graphics and figures.


Support of the Risk Assessment Program shall include the following:

6.1. Assist the DDESB in providing the technical backup to support proposed new or evolving policy in quantitative risk assessment and in preparing briefings and correspondence for building consensuswith policy.

6.2. Document and/or develop proposed explosives safety guidance, criteria, policy, or regulations. Develop and propose risk-based explosives safety criteria for consideration by the team.

6.3. Conduct technical analyses and research of explosives risks to people, facilities/infrastructure, and mission performance, as well as for state-of-the-art risk assessment/acceptance methodologies.

6.4. Prepare technical documents in formats suitable for publication. These may include technical memos, papers, user's manuals or conference papers.

6.5. Support RBESCT meetings by preparing agendas, briefings, progress reports, scheduling, minutes and defining alternative ways forward. Prepare status or consensus briefings, prepare, publish, and distribute meeting minutes, and maintain a matrix of actions assigned and status.

6.6. Provide expert consultants or subcontractors if needed to assure state-of-the-art input in all areas to include but not limited to explosive blast effects analysis (structural and personnel related), systems safety, explosives safety quantity distance criteria, risk analysis/assessment/management, and explosive characteristics of military munitions.

6.7. Assist the DDESB in support of NATO AC/326 Subgroup C to develop improvements to the NATO Risk Analysis Manual, AASTP-4. Provide support to model comparisons by comparing quantitative risk assessment results with those of other AC/326 nations' risk software. Support development of AASTP-4 and AASTP-5.

6.8. Provide training, as directed, for use of risk-based explosives safety siting methods. Proper training entails education on blast effects algorithms, selection of correct input parameters, assessing relationships, and interpretation of output results.

Support of the DDESB Science Panel shall include the following:

6.9. Provide general support to the DDESB Science Panel. Conduct technical analyses to assess the physical effects of explosives hazards and to assess the risks associated with the physical effects.

6.10. Develop and/or modify physical effects and consequence algorithms for inclusion in DDESB Technical Paper 14 and merger with the Explosives Safety Siting software.

6.11. Assist in the investigation and analysis of DoD explosives safety quantity-distances and protective construction criteria for potential technology and information gaps and make recommendations for changes where applicable.

6.12. Support the DDESB Science Panel in international science and technology forums for explosives safety, specifically participation in NATO AC/326 SubGroup C and its participation in the Klotz Group.

6.13. Review and analyze explosives safety test plans and reports, develop and design explosives tests and test programs, and participate in tests, and prepare tests reports in support of SAFER/ESS.

6.14. Provide testing support for a variety of explosives safety testing as defined by the DDESB and/or DDESB Science Panel. Testing support includes, but is not limited to, test set-up and documentation, post-test debris collection, post-test structural/component assessment, and data reduction.

6.15. Perform data analysis as directed and extrapolate results of analysis to develop methods and algorithms for models as directed.

Support of DoD Protective Construction shall include the following:

6.16. Provide general support in the areas of protectiveconstruction, to include in design analysis for determination of equivalent personnel protection.

6.17. Assist in the ongoing update and enhancement of UFC 3-340-02, including review of the existing document, identification of errors or omissions, proposal of changes, and technical assessment of potential criteria enhancements.

6.18. Perform analysis of structural systems as directedfor determination of compliance with the applicable response criteria.

6.19. Assist in the assessment of standard structural designs for compliances with UFC 3-340-02 and the required loading as defined in DoD 6055.09-M, to include current structures defined in DDESB TP-15 and new structures for potential inclusion.

6-20. Perform structural assessments of protective systems for a variety of explosives effects, beyond just those associated with explosives safety.


7.1 Non-personal Services

Contractor employees performing work under this task order will be controlled, directed and supervised at all times by management personnel of the Contractor. The Contractor's management shall ensure that employees comply with the performance standards outlined in this performance work statement. Contractor employees willperform independent of and without the supervision of any Government official. Actions of Contractor employees may not be interpreted or implemented in any manner that results in any Contractor employee creating or modifying Federal policy, obligating appropriated funds of the U.S. Government, overseeing the work of Federal employees, providing direct personal services to any Federal employee or otherwise violating the prohibitions set forth in Parts 7.5 and 37.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The Government will perform the inspection andacceptance of the completed work.

7.2 Identification

When meeting with Government personnel, contractor personnel shall

introduce themselves, or be introduced as, contractor employees and shall display

distinguishing badges or clothing that identifies them as employees of the firm.

When communicating with Government employees via telephone or email, contractor

personnel shall also identify themselves as employees of the firm.

7.3 Disclosure of Information

Information made available to the Contractor by the Government for the performance or administration of this effort shall be used only for those purposes and shallnot be used in any other way without the written agreement of the Contracting Officer. The Contractor is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of Government records and other records disclosed or made available to the Contractor in connection with the performance of this task order, which is not public information. Each Contractor or employee of the Contractor to whom information may be made available or disclosed shall be notified in writing by the

Contractor that such information may be disclosed only for a purpose and to the extent authorized herein.


Deliverables shall be specified for each task order relating to the scope of the various tasks defined. In addition to the project specific deliverables, the contractor shall provide monthly and quarterly reports foreach task order. All status reports are due no later than the 10th of the month.

8.1 Status Reports

The contractor shall provide project management support to ensure the successful and timely completion of all tasks and deliverables. Project management shall include monthly status reports and quarterly reports. Monthly Status Reports shall address the current status of all work and plans for coming months. Reports should identify completion rate of each task by percent. Reports shall also show spending by month for each task as well as planned expenditures for the duration of the task order. Quarterly Reports can be a culmination of Monthly Status Reports. Contractor format is acceptable. Electronic delivery, in the form of email attachments, is acceptable.

8.2 Task Order Deliverables

The Contractor Performance Requirements is outlined in the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) for each task order. Specific performance requirements for each Task Order will be decided upon prior to award of each individual task order. The Performance Requirements Summary Matrix for each Task Order will be formatted similar to the following:

Primary Task



Acceptable Quality




How it will be inspected

Performance Rating: (Excellent, Good, Acceptable, Poor, Unsatisfactory)

Risk Assessment Program Support

Risk-based analyses and developmentof explosives safety guidance

Analyses are technically competent and explosives safety guidance is well thought out and rationale

Risk-based analyses pass peer review and explosives safety guidance is considered

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation

Documentation shall be assessed fortechnical validity, compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

Preparation of technical documents and development of briefings

Documents are technically accurate and clearly convey message and/or concepts

Technical documents pass peer review and briefings convey message

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation

Documentation shall be assessed fortechnical validity, compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

DDESB Science Panel Support

Development of blast effects & consequence models

Proposed models are technically valid and represent the state-of-the-art

Proposed models pass peer review

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation

Documentation shall be assessed for technical validity,compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

Testing support (development of test plans, execution, data analysis, etc.)

Support is conducive to successful conduct of test and production of testing report and associated analyses

Testing support was conducive to a successful test environment

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation and test summary

Documentation shall be assessed for technical validity,compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

DoD Protective Construction Support

Conduct design and analysis per UFC3-340-02 or other applicable criteria

Engineering analysis is technicallycorrect and in accordance with regulatory criteria

Analysis and calculations pass technical review

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation

Documentation shall be assessed for technical validity,compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

Reduced QD assessment and structural analysis

Analyses are technically competent and explosives safety assessment is analytically supported

Technical analysis and assessment passes engineering review

COR shall review submittal upon receipt of documentation and test summary

Documentation shall be assessed for technical validity,compliance with accepted practices, and clarity

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