Modelling and Simulation Developer

Closing date for applications: 29/08/2019
Specialist role
Summary of the work
Dstl Command Lab initiative aims to support Future Operations Room concepts. This work is focused to develop the synthetic environment including required simulation components, CMS Emulator and operator GUI outputs to provide an Initial Operating Capability (IOC). Open standards and interfaces shall be implemented to interoperate with other simulation engines.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
12 months
No specific location, e.g. they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Dstl UK Ministry Of Defence
Maximum day rate
Please specify required day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
1. Dstl Command Lab Management-Committee (CMC) consist of management, commercial and technical partners. 2. Dstl SMEs consist of technical experts in the area and independant reviewers.
What the specialist will work on
1. Develop the Synthetic Environment and required simulation components in a VBS3 Simulation Engine 2. Develop a Combat Management System Emulator linked to the Simulation Engine 3. Develop operator GUI outputs to display CMS information 4. Operator GUI outputs similar to Type 23 platform display and controls consisting mainly of low fidelity sensor detection information 5. Generate progress and technical reports of all development work 6. Maintain a log of bug fixes 7. Support to capability growth beyond the Initial Operation Capability 8. Support to the architecture and interoperability of the capability using open interfaces such as DIS protocols
Address where the work will take place
The selected supplier is free to work at home site to undertake the development work; However, the interim software drops and all supportive briefs/presentations, and the final delivered output (IOC Demonstration) will be at Dstl Portsdown West.
Working arrangements
The supplier is free to work at home site for the development work; However, they will need to work closely with Dstl and shall provide interim update demonstrations in Dstl Portsdown West using Dstl IT, minimum of 3 software drops demonstrating the progress of the simulation environment and entities over the contract period until the IOC demonstration. The key deliverables consist of the management progress reports, software drop briefs and reports, interim technical reports explaining the development work and a final report post IOC demonstration.
Security clearance
Security Clearance (SC) Cleared Personnel Only
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers. Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions. Take responsibility to identify technical development work when required. Capable of providing clear explanations of the work to non-specialist staff. Provide any feedback post IOC demonstration for further development. Take responsibility for their work.
Assessment methods
Work history Reference Interview Presentation
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 60% Cultural fit 20% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate the breadth, depth and a track record of experience in gaming engine and/or modelling and simulation environment development work
  • Have fundamental knowledge and experience of configuring synthetic environment and entities including open simulation interface protocols used to link with other real-time/synthetic emulators and simulation engines
  • Use technical expertise to identify the required fidelity of simulation components in the SE to achieve requirements
  • Demonstrate in their bid a clear technical plan, methodology, evidence based approach and scope of work that would lead to the requirements being achieved
  • Demonstrate experience in gaming engine and/or modelling and simulation from a user's perspective
  • Basic level of understanding/experience with VBS3 SDK (Software Development Kit) and modular C plug-in architecture
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previously developed military operator GUIs for decision making HMI experiments
  • Have basic knowledge and understanding of maritime C2 systems and a typical RN warship's Combat Management System

Closing date for applications: 29/08/2019

Modelling and Simulation Developer

Closing date for applications: 29/08/2019

Specialist role:



No specific location, e.g. they can work remotely


Dstl UK Ministry Of Defence

Maximum day rate:

Please specify required day rate

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