In this slightly technical issue we take a forward look at recent developments with BCTS contracting, consider the possibility of GIS tracking for emergency response and feature a faller figurine cutting down a forest of rusty nails; for those who just like the pictures…
Warning: Some of the facts contained in this issue refer to future possibilities and therefore are subject to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle resulting in editorial quantum fuzziness maybe.
Getting BCAC Back On Track
After a hiatus of more than a year the BC Timber Sales Contract Advisory Committee (BCAC) will formally meet again early next year. The committee, which is charged with maintaining communication and collaboration between BCTS and its contractor communities, was revived after a meeting between the WSCA and senior BCTS executives this week. As a result of that session BCTS is expected to soon announce clarifications and possible revisions to its optional standing bid security scheme. These changes will consider contractor input from the WSCA on matters related to the forfeiture of bid securities and sanctions, the separation of bid securities and performance securities, and other practical technicalities arising out of implementing the plan. BCAC will have its plate full. Next month BCTS and WSCA reps will meet to frame a proposed contractor rating system to be applied against tenders beginning as soon as next year. The WSCA has been asked as well to propose a plan to conduct a series of workshops on contract tendering and administration in 2016 similar to the previous sessions on FS704 planting inspections. It has been almost 20 years since the last joint contract management seminars were held. It is possible that contractors and BCTS may have some brushing up to do in this area.