Blast Exposure Monitoring (BEMO) System 

Collaboration Event: 01 April 2020 (RSVP CLOSED)

Assessment Event: 27 May 2020 (Submit NLT 19 April)

Purpose: SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM Program Executive Office (PEO) SOF Warrior (SW), will host a Blast Exposure Monitoring (BEMO) System collaboration and assessment event to identify solutions to blast overpressure exposure recognition, which occurs with heavy weapon system use, breaching and other dynamic training environments.

Background: This effort is in direct response to the increasing interest from the public and private sectors resulting in section 734 of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a longitudinal medical study on blast pressure exposure of members of the Armed Forces during training and combat. Currently, exposure to blasts relies on subjective measures and self-reporting, which results in very limited identification and quantification of exposure to blast that actually occurs. The overall goal is to keep the Warfighter safe, healthy and highly optimized. Part of operator health and optimization is to understand current blast exposure levels in training and mitigate any unnecessary exposure without degrading the quality of training. Our knowledge of the effects of blast exposure is severely limited by a lack of objective blast exposure monitoring (BEMO).

Experts in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

Hardware:

  • Blast pressure sensor capable of detecting 0.5 to 100 psi
  • Batteries/Wireless Rechargeable Batteries
  • Mounting/wear options on kit or civilian clothing
  • Microphone(s) to capture acoustic events
  • Acoustic event counter to count events that exceed safety levels (>140 decibels)
  • Trigger count for a dynamic environment (multiple weapons being fired in a small area)

Software/Data:

  • Automation of blast data analyses and output 
  • Algorithm(s) for identifying weapons being fired on a range
  • Blast data visualization that are intuitive, informative and easily understood
  • Algorithm(s) for identifying directionality or blast and differentiating incidental from reflective overpressure readings on wearable blast gauge sensor

Why Should You Participate?:

– The collaboration event will be a compelling opportunity for the leading minds in Industry, Laboratory, Academic and Non-Traditional fields to better understand and influence current SOF needs.

– This collaboration event is also an opportunity for software only and hardware only partners to meet each other and potentially form partnerships that may provide a complete solution.

– In addition, USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR based agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM PEO-SW subject matter experts. As such, the Assessment event is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Overview:

Phase I: 01 April – SOFWERX will conduct a Collaboration Event (CE) focused on PEO-SW’s five areas of interest outlined above. During this event, Warfighters will interact and inform Industry, Academic, Laboratory and Non-Traditional partners to further communicate operational needs and/or desirements. Participation in the event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set(s) and increase the likelihood of matching technologies with Warfighter needs. If you do not wish to participate in the Collaboration Event, you are free to submit your technology for review for the Assessment Event (AE). The CE will be conducted at SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida. RSVP to attend the CE, NLT 18 March 2020.

Phase II: 02 April – 19 April – Submissions to the Assessment Event (AE) open. 19 April is the deadline for submissions to be received for review. Submissions will be reviewed by Government Stakeholders and evaluated for their potential to satisfy the Warfighter’s needs discussed during the 01 April event. To submit your technology and be considered for Phase III attendance, please follow the submission instructions near the bottom of this webpage after 02 April. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation on or about 24 April.

Phase III: 27 May – During the AE, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM PEO-SW evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase IV may immediately begin. Selectees will also be afforded the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in an open, expositional forum for other Government partners that may be interested in their capability.

Phase IV: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

– Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
– Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
– Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
– Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)

*An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

01 April Collaboration Event Agenda
0800 – 0815: Check In
0815 – 0900: SOFWERX Welcome & Icebreaker
0900 – 0930: Stakeholder Overview & Problem Set
0930 – 1030: Focus Area Breakout Rotations
1030 – 1130: Focus Area Breakout Rotations
1130 – 1300: Lunch
1300 – 1400: Focused Area Q&A
1400 – 1500: Large Group Q&A  and Path Forward
1500 – 1515: Break
1515 – 1615: Networking Mixer

*Agenda is subject to change

How You Can Participate

  1. Industry, Academics, Laboratories and Non-Traditionals RSVP to Attend Collaboration Event: (RSVP CLOSED)
  2. Government RSVP to Attend Collaboration Event: (RSVP CLOSED)
  3. Download White Paper Template: Click Here to Download (Will be Posted on or about 02 April)
  4. Submit Your Solution: Click Here to Submit (OPENS on 02 April closes on 19 April)

Each entry is judged uniquely and, subsequently, requires a separate form per Problem Statement relevant to your proposed capability. 

NOTE: Government Stakeholders will begin reviewing all submissions after 19 April. Invitations and consolations for Assessment Event attendance will be sent via email o/a 24 April 

Location 
SOFWERX
1925 E 2nd Avenue, Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33605

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim, [email protected]

 

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