7th - 9th November 2017
Nuremberg, Germany

Focus Day 7th November 2017
Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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10:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:25 -

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Dr Susanne Michaelis PhD, Officer, Emerging Security Challenges Division,NATO Headquarters


Short to mid-term energy solutions is becoming an increasingly important military expenditure as the workload of military organisations expands in areas such Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Recently the deployability, economic efficiency and sustainability has been highlighted as priorities when contracting, procuring and developing energy solutions for future missions. The focus day will begin with an analysis of the current issues.

10:30 -

Keynote Address: U.S. Army’s Net Zero Installation Initiative

  • Enhancing mission effectiveness whilst increasing instillation resilience
  • Incorporates emerging best practices to manage energy, water, and waste into Army instillations
  • Implementing future renewable energy projects

The Honourable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy & Environment, US Department of Defence

11:00 -

Global support for short and long-term power requirements

  • Increasing energy autonomy to reduce the logistics burden
  • Providing continuous power solutions to meet operational requirements
  • Increasing mission safety though smart grid technology

Keno Leites PMP, Project Manager, Fuel Cell Application, Operating Unit Surface Vessels, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

11:30 -

Performance analysis of micro grids deployed in Afghanistan

  • Operational requirements leading to a micro grid in Afghanistan
  • Balancing the demands of the construction process with the subsequent operational output
  • Maximising return on micro grid resources by promoting public- private partnership

Brigadier Steve Vickery, Head of Infrastructure, Army HQ, UK MoD

Lieutenant Colonel Nigel Young, Programme SO1, UK MoD, DE&S

James McMenemy, Project Manager, UK MoD, DE&S

12:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Although developing cleaner, efficient and economic energy solutions is touted as the long-term solution to military demands, current power sources can be managed by optimising intelligence systems to prolong the source’s life cycle and maximise operational output. The following session will explore how energy management systems have been successfully proven in recent missions.

13:00 -

Civilian energy management software integrated into military infrastructure

  • Managing the energy demands of multi service platforms
  • Mapping the energy usage for future missions based on collated data
  • Achieving reductions in fossil fuel consumption via optimisation of running times

Major General Karl McQuillan, OMM CD Peng, Chief Military Engineer, Canadian Armed Forces

13:30 -

Identifying and managing energy requirements

  • Cost, time and other ramifications of mismanagement
  • Data gathering and analysis and the power it provides your unit
  • Intelligence systems that will promote the effective use of energy in future missions

Jon Woodman, Energy Solutions & Services, BAE Systems

14:00 -

New paradigm of energy management being implemented in future projects

  • Actions required to achieve the objectives in the realm of operational energy
  • Promoting smart integrated energy management system
  • Proposals of conceptual solutions to energy security

Major General Francesco Maurizio Noto, Director, Energy Task Force, Italian MoD

14:30 -
Afternoon tea and Networking


There are some questions over the effectiveness of smart alternatives to fossil fuels in the warfighting domain. Sources such as hydro, solar and wind were tested and proved in Capable Logistician 2015 and there is now a stronger push at decision maker level to develop and integrate these innovative solutions into modern platforms and deployable infrastructure.

15:00 -

Adopting a smart technology policy when procuring deployable infrastructure

  • Calculating the wastage of outdated deployable infrastructure
  • The increase to operational efficiency provided by modern water, fuel and electricity solutions
  • Changes in the Czech procurement philosophy when acquiring camp solutions

Colonel Pavel Manas PhD, Head, Engineering Technology Department, University of Defence, Czech MoD

15:30 -

Standardisation of diesel generator sets (gensets) and decentralised energy resources

  • Challenges with the interconnection gensets
  • Integration of renewable and smart grid technologies
  • Potential future energy resources that can be incorporated into to the system

Simon Adolphy, Customer Account Manager Engine Systems, Woodward Inc

16:00 -

Sustaining deployed camp facilities in developing countries

  • Unique environmental challenges that increase the demand on generators
  • Self-regulating solutions that can mitigate the drain on energy resources such as motion detectors
  • Potential return on investment of contracting, smart energy alternatives and management software

Colonel Holger Gratz,, Branch Chief, Logistics and Field Camp Services, Bundeswehr

16:30 -
Chairperson’s summary

Dr Susanne Michaelis PhD, Officer, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Headquarters

08:00 –
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 –

Chairman’s opening remarks

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Mark Mans, Chief Royal Engineer, British Army


The pace and complexity of contemporary conflict necessitates the use of emerging technology and innovative responses to maximise engineer effectiveness in delivering mobility, counter-mobility and survivability solutions. The opening session of Combat Engineer 2016 will explore the importance of engineering technology in future operations

09:00 -

The need for improved engineering capabilities in a changed European security environment

  • From assurance to deterrence
  • Challenges faced by combat engineers
  • Necessity of multinational training

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commanding General, US Army Europe

09:30 -

Advances in perimeter security for Forward Operating Bases

  • Evolution of rapid deployment force protection
  • Advances in hostile vehicle mitigation and surface-mounted barriers
  • Challenging expeditionary warfare through innovation

Bobby Hamilton, Regional Sales Manager, Hesco

10:00 -

Supporting deployable camp solutions in future missions

  • Support contingency operations with more sophisticated infrastructure
  • Software applications of a deployable storage in forward operating bases
  • Smart camp supply solutions providing operational advantages beyond reducing energy costs

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director, Support Division, Czech Republic MoD

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking

Hosted by Pearson Engineering


Investment in smart infrastructure technology during the design process or in upgrading older structure has significantly risen in importance recently. Modern camp systems have significant impact on operational effectiveness, dramatically mitigate the risk of human error and manage energy usage efficiency. The following presentations will explore future procurement policy and plans.

11:15 -

Water purification systems in austere environments

  • Water supply issues faced in modern day contingency missions
  • Using a deployable technology as a semi-permanent water supply during extended periods
  • Lessons from recent disaster relief missions that have led to system improvements

Kelly Sullivan,, Engineering Manager, Parker

11:45 -

Integrating smart technologies such as energy, autonomy and monitoring into future operating bases

  • Addressing the standards of multi-service barracks across Europe
  • Challenges with upgrading infrastructure to accommodate software based fittings
  • Implementing network based technology into the design of military architecture

Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Leidelmeijer, Staff officer, Concept Development & Experimentation, Land Warfare Centre, Netherlands MoD

12:15 -

The Paradigm shift in base design and planning

  • VIRTUAL BASE: rapid base design and planning improving mission effectiveness and reducing cost
  • Defence Industry Asset Library (DIAL) providing digital objects to designers, planners & operators
  • Deployable Facility Control Centre (DFCC): creating continuous improvement cycles in military bases

Simon Oberholzer, Chairman & CEO, Nedshield

Mark Stoop, Board Member, Nedshield

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The European Reassurance Initiative and the Enhanced Forward Presence rotation are driving the requirement for standardised infrastructure across European partners. Military organisations undertaking construction projects will need support from defence contractors, building suppliers and trade specialists. The following session will address opportunities for international cooperation.

14:15 -

Driving forward the European Reassurance Initiatve with collaborative infrastructure projects

  • Maintaining international procedures, equipment and relationships with partners
  • Ensuring the US and other deployed forces have purpose built accommodation across Europe
  • Opportunities for local and international businesses to assist with future builds

Lieutenant Colonel James Lockridge,Chief, Facilities and Construction,US Army Europe

14:45 -

Working with NATO on construction projects in Eastern Europe

  • The role of NSPA in facilitating equipment for joint construction missions
  • Current opportunities to work with EU based NATO forces
  • Possible future projects in need of civilian partnerships

Brigadier (Retd) Chris Rose, Chief of Staff, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Colonel Henry Ricketts, Branch Head Engineer Operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum

15:15 -

The Challenges of providing potable water in hostile and austere environments

  • Shortfalls in overly sophisticated equipment that can significantly reduce outputand increase the demand on logistics
  • Proven water supply technologies that have the ability to improve operational effectiveness
  • Case Study: Forward Operating Base Shamsher, Typhoon Soudelor and US Marine Corps Solutions

Jason Parrish, Senior Project Manager, TECWAR

Paul Wilcox, Project Manager, TECWAR

Afternoon coffee and networking

Hosted by Pearson Engineering


The diversity and complexity of roles performed by Combat Engineers mean they face a significant training burden, which includes the need to deliver more efficient and cost effective training. This session will examine the benefits of increased interoperability training, simulation opportunities and developing training delivery partnerships with industry.

16:30 -

Combat Engineer support in defense and security operations during the Olympic Games in Rio

  • Facility maintenance, monitoring and management carried our during the games
  • Support to mobility and protection during security operations
  • Damage protection to Olympic infrastructure

Colonel Paulo Vitor Cabral Monteiro, Commander, Olympic Games 2016 Engineer Battalion,, Brazilian Army

Major Adailton Calderaro Bortolucci, Deputy Advisor, Engineering, Department of Engineering and Construction, Brazilian Army

17:00 -

Outsourcing training requirements to industry partners

  • The benefits of outsourcing to the Combat Engineer and the provider
  • Access to innovative techniques in the training environment
  • Introducing increased simulation equipment to mitigate the cost of platform training

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Scott, Commanding Officer, 3 Royal School of Military Engineering, UK MoD

17:30 –
Chairman's summary

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Mark Mans, Chief Royal Engineer, British Army

18:20 –

Networking drinks reception

Hosted by Hesco

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Mark Mans, Chief Royal Engineer, British Army


Enabling forces to manoeuvre through unpredictable terrains is an important combat engineer function. Terrain analysis, route proving and assisting the mobility of all types of military vehicle are crucial to mission success. The following presentations will explore the evolution of technology that can streamline mobility operations.

09:00 -

Possible ground stability issues faced by land forces

  • Overcoming terrain instability in different climates
  • Systems such as deployable roads that facilitate and maintain the freedom to manoeuvre
  • Upcoming research programs into deployable ground stability resources

Colonel Jason Hones, Assistant Head Manoeuvre Support, Capability Branch Combat Support, UK MoD

09:30 -

Supporting the battlefield: mine clearing and armour protected vehicles

  • The vital role of protected construction equipment in support of the battlefield
  • Developing customisable capabilities and integration solutions for maximum effect
  • Hybrid micro-grid Solution

Greg Harshberger, Foreign Military Sales Account Manager, Caterpillar Defence & Federal Products

10:00 -

Future technology concepts in counter mobility and other engineering tasks

  • The need for counter mobility in modern military environments
  • Exploiting the benefits of remote operations and artificial intelligence
  • Predicted requirements that could benefit from industry intervention

Alasdair Hood, Military Engineering Capability Advisor, DSTL, UK MoD

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Combat engineers are key to ensuring a force’s mobility by providing a range of rapidly deployable bridging capabilities to cross dry and wet gaps. Future mission success will depend on the use of innovative bridging and gap crossing solutions and systems. This session will examine predicted bridging requirements for future missions.

11:15 -

Proving combined gap crossing techniques during Exercise ANAKONDA 2016

  • Mission scenario including obstacles and available resources
  • Connectivity issues between the different systems and how these were overcome
  • Learning opportunities to enhance and develop interoperability

Lieutenant Colonel Thorsten Schwiering, Battalion Commander, 130 Engineer Battalion, Bundeswehr

11:45 -

Analysing the development of line of communication bridging

  • The 75 year old Bailey bridge modular concept
  • Contracted support over the last 20 years during NATO deployments
  • Future developments to accommodate heavier vehicles, wider roadways, rapid installation

Martin Andrews, Military Sales Manager, Mabey Bridge

12:15 -

Consequences for river crossing innovation due to the NATO Readiness Action Plane

  • Complexities associated with future mission’s dependence freedom of movement
  • Requirements for a future floating bridge system
  • Further considerations to incorporate area denial capabilities

Colonel Jochen Gumprich, Director, Military Engineering Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking

Hosted by Betafence


The opportunities presented by computer-aided design, autonomy and geospatial mapping software could dramatically optimise engineering core tasks. Investing in these new systems and technologies will significantly improve decision-making and maximise deployed engineer effectiveness. This session will explore information technology is shaping engineering systems development.

13:45 -

Developing the Army Terrestrial Environmental Modelling and Intelligence System

  • The critical dependence on geospatial analysis systems when conducting a rapid response
  • Mitigating mission disruption through superior intelligence
  • Potential improvements in future systems to assist the decision making process

Dr Steven Peckham, Deputy Program Manager, Army Terrestrial Environmental Modelling and Intelligence System (ARTEMIS), US Army Engineer Research and Development Centre,, US Army

14:15 -

Panel Discussion: Promoting European boarder defence through area denial and collaboration

  • Current access denial shortfalls on the Eastern European boarder
  • Systems that engineers can implement to mitigate the risk of infiltration
  • Future systems that could replace area denial solutions

Major Liudas Bogužas, G3 Operations Engineering Officer, Land Force Command, Lithuanian Army

Major Kaspars Lazdins, Senior Engineer Officer, Joint HQ, Latvian National Armed Forces

Major Vesse Poder, Staff Officer, Plans, Estonian Armed Forces

15:15 –
Chairman's summary and close of conference

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Mark Mans, Chief Royal Engineer, British Army