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Inspection RFQ Deadline Nears

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) as part of its biannual “Indefinite Deliverable” coating inspection contract process.

The agency anticipates hiring two firms for callout contracts valued at $1.5 million each over a two-year span, which will be used to support needs statewide for the Construction Division.

Statements of qualification (SOQs) are due by 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) Aug. 12. Any SOQs received after the deadline date and time will not be considered.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is looking for qualified providers for two callout contracts involving coating inspection and materials testing for its Construction Division.

The contracts are slated for execution by October and are expected to run through October 2018.

The contract amount indicated is for informational purposes only and may be adjusted by TxDOT.

Contract Details

According to TxDOT, the work to be performed under the contract consists of providing comprehensive inspection for ongoing bridge cleaning and painting contracts statewide, which includes: 

  • Monitoring contractors’ operations to ensure compliance with quality control plans; project requirements; and federal, state, and local environmental and worker safety regulations;
  • Performing quality assurance tests;
  • Witnessing and documenting results of quality control tests performed by contractors; and
  • Monitoring contractors’ waste sampling, testing, characterization, labeling, storage and disposal practices.     

The work will also include providing comprehensive material testing services for department structures maintained statewide with testing procedures and analysis to include:

  • Coating characterization as determined by such tests as percent solids, sag, viscosity, zinc loading and other applicable methods; 
  • Paint chip analysis as determined by resin determination, heavy metal analysis, percent cure and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) blister solution analysis;
  • Gas chromatograph (GC);
  • Soil analysis for heavy metals; and 
  • Analysis of air monitoring cartridges for heavy metals.

Project Team Composition

The RFQ also outlines team composition requirements for each of the two work categories—Major Bridge Coating Inspection (90 percent of the work) and Materials Testing (10 percent of the work).

For Coating Inspection, the agency requires the team to be composed of:

  • One task leader with a minimum 10 years of experience inspecting and monitoring work on coating application projects for metal and concrete structures. This person must be a NACE Level 3 Coating Inspector or certified by SSPC as a Bridge Coating Inspector (BCI) Level 2 and have experience on at least three bridge painting projects involving lead abatement.
  • A minimum of four inspectors with at least five years of experience inspecting work on coating application projects for metal and concrete structures. The inspectors must also have NACE Level 3 Coating Inspector certification or be certified by SSPC as a BCI Level 2 with experience on at least one bridge coating project involving lead abatement.

For the Materials Testing work, the team is required to have one task leader with at least 10 years’ experience in the management of testing laboratories and experience of testing coatings-type materials. Additionally, the requirements call for a laboratory facility with personnel and equipment capable of testing coatings-type materials.

Further, the project manager, as proposed in the SOQ, must be a registered Professional Engineer licensed in Texas by the SOQ deadline in addition to being an employee of the prime provider.

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Tagged categories: Bidding; Coating inspection; Contract awards; Contracts; Department of Transportation (DOT); Government; Government contracts; Jobs; North America; Paint BidTracker; Program/Project Management; Quality assurance; Quality control

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