Request for Proposal (RFP) Professional Consultant Services for 3D and 2D HDTV Underwater Imaging of the Revolutionary War Gunboat Spitfire in the New York Waters of Lake Champlain

Professional Consultant Services for 3D and 2D HDTV Underwater Imaging of the Revolutionary War Gunboat Spitfire in the New York waters of Lake Champlain
Summary: Qualified professional consultants are requested to submit proposals to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for professional services to implement a high resolution imaging study of the Gunboat Spitfire.  The Spitfire is a 54 foot long intact Revolutionary War American Gunboat resting on the bottom of Lake Champlain.  The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Spitfire rests in waters deeper than recreational dive limits; the exact depth will be released to qualified consultants, but cannot be stated in this RFP.  The study is designed to collection state-of-the-art imagery of the site prior to its infestation with quagga mussels.  Typical underwater conditions at the Spitfire site include water temperature in the 36 to 42°F range with visibilities of 25 to 35 feet with no ambient light.  The fieldwork will be conducted in May/June 2010 or October 2010 during two days of fieldwork.
The project is funded, in part, by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service and therefore will be required to meet and follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Firms are also expected to carry out work in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Research Performance as established by ROPA.
Qualifications: Consultant must have: 1) Strong professional qualifications related to collecting imagery from deep water shipwreck sites; 2) 2D HDTV Studio Quality Camera with underwater housing and lighting system; 3) 3D HDTV Camera with underwater housing and lighting system;  4) software and experience necessary to process 3D images and create 2D mosaics of the site; 5) Small Penetration ROV with 3D HDTV Stereoscopic Imaging System; 6) Minimum two Tri-Mix trained divers with skills and equipment appropriate for diving in 38°F water with no ambient light; 7) Impeccable record of non-disclosure of sensitive archaeological site location information.
Deliverables: Consultants shall: 1) Provide two highly experienced tri-mix divers to record video imagery; 2) Provide highly experienced ROV operator to record video imagery; 3) Deliver copies of all film footage and still imagery to LCMM; 4) Deliver processed 3D images; and 5) Create 2D mosaics of the site (plan view and port and starboard profiles).
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will supply a 40ft research vessel; boat captain; surface support personnel; and safety divers. 
Additional information related to the project may be obtained by contacting Adam Kane, Archaeological Director at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at the address below.  Information about the Spitfire can be found at

Interested consultants should submit proposals no later than 2:00 p.m., April 23, 2010, to the same address. Proposal should contain background information about the consultant, resumes of key personnel (including dive experience and certifications), specifications of available equipment and experience using said equipment, and fixed-price quote for two days of field operations.

Firms should be prepared to execute the fieldwork in May/June 2010, however the project may be moved to October 2010 depending on consultant availability and LCMM scheduling.  Film and image mosaic products should be delivered within three months of the completion of the fieldwork.
Date: April 5, 2010
Name: Adam Kane
Title: Archaeological Director
Organization Title: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Address: 4472 Basin Harbor Road
City, State and Zip Code: Vergennes, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 475-2022
Email Address: