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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Due to increased operations in austere environments, changes in legislation such as the Paris agreement and supply challenges in Forward Operating Bases militaries must manage their energy and water supplies effectively to meet operational demands. Terrain, access and weak infrastructure make the provision of energy and water to these locations challenging. Therefore contractor solutions, deployable systems and smart technology will be high on military investment agendas.

This year’s focus day will include an additional stream on countering improvised explosive devices (C-IED). The nature and character of warfare will continue to change and evolve, becoming more complex and asymmetric and the IED will likely remain the weapon of choice used by terrorists and insurgents. The continuing threat posed by Daesh and increased terrorist activity in Europe’s cities mean that C-IED requirements are a high priority for military and security forces. The hybrid nature of IEDs requires constant innovation in detection, neutralisation and prevention systems and industry has a very significant role to play.

“Advances in Countering Improvised Explosive Devices”

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

Chairperson’s opening remarks

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


Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be simple to design and easy to make, and they can also be sophisticated with the incorporation of modern electronic components which are both inexpensive and widely available. There is a clear need not only to understand the characteristics of IEDs, but also how to interdict an adversary’s IED system.

10:30 -

Keynote Address: Understanding the complexity of matching C-IED technologies with IED threats

  • Overview of JIDO and its role in rapid acquisition to counter threats
  • Current requirements outlined by the US Department of Defense for C-IED and EOD related equipment
  • Projected future requirements for evolving threats in counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and conventional warfare

SES-1 Lisa Swan, Director of Material Solutions, US Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization

11:00 -

Countering the proliferation and innovative employment of IEDs

  • Targeting intelligence to attack the network and defeat the IED system
  • Countering the threat posed by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)
  • Challenges posed by suicide vest and suicide vehicle attacks
11:30 -

Countering Explosive Ordnance: Preparing for the next fight

  • UK C-IED institutionalisation programme – key lessons and how we will operate in the future
  • How the threat is pushing future development: requirements for industry
  • Working with international partners, allies and industry to build capacity and relationships

Colonel John Matthews OBE, Assistant Head – Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search UK MoD, DE&S

12:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Detecting IEDs involve actions to search, locate, access, confirm and identify devices placed and designed to destroy, incapacitate or harass. Harnessing the latest technological developments is key to successfully detecting the plethora of devices that an adversary could employ.

13:00 -

Advances in search techniques and capabilities

  • Joint IED situations involving special forces and police in an urban setting
  • Incorporating dogs when identifying metallic, non-metallic and low tech devices
  • Joint organisation efforts to help develop detection equipment

Colonel Attila Csurgó, Commander of the 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment, Hungarian Armed Forces

13:30 -

Route proving and clearing capabilities

  • Utilising both current and emerging technologies to broaden access and detection capabilities
  • Remote technology and the use of specialist vehicles in route proving
  • Integrating sensor technology into vehicles to deliver mobile detection
14:00 -

Employing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets

  • Employing multiple sensors to effectively detect and map IEDS
  • Challenges of developing autonomous, unmanned detection assets
  • Requirement for coherent, multi-sensor capabilities

Florian Spickenreither, Marketing and Management, German Technical Centre for Protective Technologies and Special Technologies (WTD52)

14:30 -
Afternoon tea and Networking


A number of actions can be used to neutralize a device, including avoiding, inhibiting, disabling, rendering safe and destroying. None of these actions is without risk and each has potential consequences. It is imperative therefore that security forces invest in the latest industry solution.

15:00 -

Developing C-IED procedures to meet current threats

  • Understanding the current IED threat being faced due to Boko Haram
  • An analysis of C-IED shortfalls that increase the impact of an attack
  • How the use of multi-nation training alliances can help develop effective IED neutralisation techniques

Major General Adekunle Shodunke, Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Nigerian Army

15:30 -

Electronic Counter-Measures (ECM) to jam, deceive and neutralise IEDs

  • Impairing the effectiveness of Radio Controlled IEDs (RCIEDs)
  • Advances in electronic deception
  • Using ECM to enhance force protection through man portable equipment

16:00 -

Challenges posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) devices

  • Developments in mounted and dismounted ballistic and chemical protection capabilities
  • Detecting the presence of Chemical and Biological agents during the neutralisation process
  • Mitigating the effects of a CBRNE event
16:30 -
Chairperson’s summary

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

“Energising future missions”

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

Chairperson’s opening remarks

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


NATO forces are currently operating in a variety of environments. Due to the nature of these operating areas, water supplies do not necessarily meet the requirements of foreign militaries and local infrastructure is unable to meet a more sophisticated unit’s provision requirements. The following session will explore the different challenges faced by militaries operating in austere environments.

10:30 -

Keynote Address: Deployability of power systems

  • Understanding the changes in operating theatres and its effect on meeting energy requirements
  • Challenges surrounding using green energy in deployed installations
  • Implementing future renewable energy projects into current installations

Major General Sylvain Sirois, Chief Military Engineer, Canadian Army

11:00 -

The challenges of providing potable water in hostile and austere environments

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

Jason Parrish, Senior Project Manager, TECWAR

11:30 -

Smart management systems in military camps

  • Military Carbon & Energy Management (MECM) project – conclusions drawn
  • Smart Blue Water Camps (SBWC) – a multinational project
  • Lessons learned when on deployment in different environments and how this has influenced project decisions

Colonel Georgios Drosos, Department Director, Hellenic MoD – Department of Infrastructure & Environment

Lieutenant Colonel Ilias Manolis, Staff Officer for Energy & Environment Issues, Hellenic MoD – Department of Infrastructure & Environment

12:00 -
Lunch and Networking


he rise of information technology, software applications and sensor technology means systems have the ability to auto-manage in a smart way, depending on the needs of a camp. Coupling this with new green energy technology such as the use of renewables and low cost electricity storage allows militaries to better meet energy demands.

13:00 -

Sensor systems to optimise energy and water production and consumption

  • Understanding the use of smart sensors to improve energy efficiency
  • Difficulties surrounding the use of sensors for legacy technologies to improve energy efficiency
  • Working with industry to meet future energy demands using smart sensor systems

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

13:30 -

Hybrid Power Systems – Innovation going forward

  • Using hybrid systems to maximise a military installation’s energy efficiency
  • Integrating hybrid systems into existing military power grids
  • Looking to the future – the role hybrid systems will play

Theodoros Dionysopoulos, Marketing Manager – Hybrid Power Systems, IDE - Intracom Defense Electronics

14:00 -

Developing renewable energy and sustainability in contingency operations

  • Meeting operational requirements through the combined use of green energy and traditional fossil fuels
  • Increasing operational effectiveness through the use of green energy solutions
  • Challenging industry to meet green energy requirements for military bases

Eric Doro, Environmental Engineer and Energy Manager, US Army Africa

14:30 -
Afternoon tea and Networking


While deployed assets are essential to current missions, military infrastructure has also come under scrutiny, particularly water and power efficiency. Governmental regulations, cost and user demands mean embedding management systems and smart technology are now both an operational and local priority. The final sessions of the focus day will explore how militaries have used available technology in home nation infrastructure to maximise efficiency.

15:00 -

Maintaining energy efficient conditions in permanent and semi-permanent infrastructure

  • Expense of supporting fully functional military infrastructure
  • Breakdown of average energy output of military bases per annum
  • Managing a solutions efficiency to maximise its functionality

Professor Michael Evan Goodsite, Professor & Vice Dean for Research, University of Southern Denmark Faculty of Engineering

15:30 -

Management equipment that can ensure infrastructure services run at maximum efficiency

  • Large scales sensors and data analytics currently used in military bases
  • Autonomy of water and energy systems for training scenarios
  • Utilising commercial expertise to prove inservice support to military faculties
16:00 -

Analysing data to maximise productivity

  • Using building benchmark data to maximise military base’s energy efficiency
  • Required data for informative decision making
  • Data software that can be implemented into non-deployable force infrastructure

William Barker-Wyatt, SO1 Energy Efficiency, British Army

16:30 -
Chairperson’s summary

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

The scale of investment in European defence from NATO partners and the European Union sees continued development of military engineer capabilities. Whether it be achieving freedom of movement, developing new area denial and anti-access systems, building self-sustaining tactical bases or researching innovative gap crossing systems, military engineer capabilities remain a significant area of investment.

The main Combat Engineer 2017 event is split into two days. The first day will focus on warfighting and the more traditional combat engineer disciplines of mobility, counter mobility and survivability support. Whilst the second day will cover general engineer support by focussing on operational infrastructure, in particular camp facilities, roads and airfields.

The aim throughout the two days of the conference will be to explore how modern military engineer capability can be improved to support NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, plans and deployments, NATO response forces and the Connected Forces Initative. The conference provides a unique opportunity for military engineers and industry to showcase and discuss the latest developments in capability requirements and industry solutions.

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

Chairman’s opening remarks

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


NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence has given added emphasis to counter mobility operations that seek to affect an enemy’s ability to manoeuvre freely by denying terrain. An effects based approach is required that uses terrain, situation and target orientated barriers to disrupt, turn, fix or block the enemy. Combat engineers must be prepared to use a variety of lethal and non-lethal capabilities to deny terrain and disrupt enemy movement and manoeuvre.

09:00 -

Keynote Address: Area denial in modern operations

  • Shaping the terrain to channel the enemy into areas of own choosing
  • Reducing the effect of an attacker’s superiority in numbers
  • Innovative solutions such as Man in the Loop (MITL) controls and scalable options for denying terrain

Major General Timothy P. McGuire, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe

09:45 -

Battlefield engineering preparation

  • Engineering support from commercial enterprises
  • Lessons learned from battlefield engineer support during the Afghanistan deployments
  • Contractors as a force multiplier

Brad Smith, Vertical Sales Manager, ADS

10:15 -

Manipulating the landscape to assist in area denial

  • The use of purposeful demolition to reshape the terrain
  • Issues with enhancing natural obstacles for use in counter-mobility
  • The role of semi-autonomous area denial systems in modern operating theatres

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

10:45 -
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 to meet NATO’s rapid response priorities. The requirement for bridging systems to be interoperable amongst NATO nations is a key priority in order to mitigate comparatively small equipment holdings.

11:30 -

Gap crossing interoperability conclusions drawn from Exercise Saber Guardian 2017

  • Training required to make Saber Guardian 2017 a success
  • Lessons learned from Saber Guardian and recommended improvements
  • Prospects for gap crossing manufacturers to be involved in Saber Guardian 2018

Brigadier General Gheorghe Soare, Commander 10th Engineer Brigade, Romanian Land Forces

12:00 -

Meeting future military gap crossing requirements

  • Enabling line of communication bridging
  • Live load and span requirements for dry and wet gap crossings
  • Future developments to accommodate heavier loads with a rapidly deployable capability

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Steve Danner, Military Sales and Marketing Manager, Acrow Bridge

Eugene R. Sobecki, National Sales Manager, Acrow Bridge

12:30 -

Bridge assessment & classification achievements in support of NATO interoperability & standardisation

  • The International Bridge Assessment Course
  • The NATO Interoperable Bridge Classification Project
  • Current status and the way ahead for the MILENG COE

Major Ovidiu Damian, Support Branch Chief, NATO MILENG COE

Captain Edith Groteclaes, Information Knowledge Management (IKM) Officer, NATO MILENG COE

13:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Despite the Ottawa Treaty’s aim to ban the use of anti-personnel mines, it remains likely that future NATO operations will involve the clearance of landmines, both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle. The ability to breach minefields and other obstacles in order to maintain freedom of manoeuvre will remain key combat engineer tasks. The requirement for sophisticated and intelligent mine and obstacle clearance systems are ever more important.

14:15 -

Freedom of movement detachment (FoMD): explosive & non-explosive threats affecting mobility

  • Managing route clearance to roadblock removal in operations during a post conflict setting
  • NATO Kosovo Force’s MILENG solution for restoring mobility
  • FoMD – Operational requirements and considerations

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Ciprian Andrica, Mines and EOD Engineer, , NATO KFOR HQ

14:45 -

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 solutions

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

15:15 -

Engineer counter mobility capabilities in Europe

  • Challenges being faced due to ever changing threats
  • Complications during operations that have led to review and change
  • Counter mobility challenges and research

Lieutenant Colonel James Lockridge, Mines and EOD Engineer, , Chief Operations and Planning – US Army Engineers

Afternoon coffee and networking


Effective base protection does not rely on a single technique or action but comes from a combination of measures both procedural and physical that seek to deter or mitigate the effects of an attack. The fortification of operational bases is a key consideration in both urban and rural operating areas and the latest innovations in base protection and perimeter security remain high on military agendas

16:30 -

The use of passive and active defence capabilities to protect forces

  • Overview of rapidly deployable defence capabilities
  • Difficulties of deploying mobile base defences effectively
  • Challenge of promoting and delivering Forward Operating Base (FOB) interoperability

Colonel Jean-Albert Legros, Chief Engineer, Eurocorps HQ

17:00 -

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

17:30 -

Contract support to enhance force protection

  • Threats to be considered when developing base protection
  • Fencing, surveillance and directed energy solutions
  • Potential less then lethal weapon solutions
18:00 –
Chairman's summary

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

18:20 –

Networking drinks reception in exhibition area

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

Chairman’s opening remarks

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


The need for rapidly deployable infrastructure to meet contingent operational requirements remains an important NATO priority. Standardisation and adaptability of infrastructure are key considerations as are construction equipment, plant vehicles, geospatial software and computer-aided design technology particularly when deployed on overseas operations.

09:00 -

Optimising the use of deployable camps to sustain modern forces

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

Renato Lepore, SOC Commander – Capability Packages Lifecycle Management, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Rui Rodrigues, Branch Chief SOC-A Capability Packages, Deployable Camps Acquisition and Contracted Support, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

09:30 -

Contingency operations and implications for future infrastructure programs

  • Supplying infrastructure in austere environment
  • Meeting readiness requirements of reaction forces
  • Adaptability of deployable, operational infrastructure
10:00 -

Developing the Army Terrestrial Environmental Modelling and Intelligence System (ARTEMIS)

  • Using ARTEMIS to accurately locate potential base sites
  • Challenges faced when using ARTEMIS
  • Potential improvements in future systems to assist the decision making process

Dr Steven Peckham, Deputy Program Manager ARTEMIS, US Army

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Key engineer tasks in support of air and land operations are to construct and maintain airfields, road networks and rail infrastructure. Airfield tasks are many and varied but principally involve the construction of tactical air landing facilities, runway damage repair, provision of hardened command facilities, blast protection for aircraft, and construction of weapon storage areas, dispersal areas and fuel farms. Lines of Communication, in particular Main Supply Routes, also need to be maintained throughout the operational area and maintenance of the host nation’s rail infrastructure may need to be supported.

11:15 -

Deployable airfields protection in austere environments

  • Provision of tactical air landing facilities in remote locations
  • Expedient surface materials in support of deployable airfields
  • Providing fuel, power and infrastructure on deployed air operating bases

Lieutenant Colonel Bob MacDonald, Head of Capability for Combat Support, British Army

11:45 -

Rapidly deployable plant vehicles and building equipment

  • Optimising ground stability with sufficient soil testing sensors
  • Sophisticated digging, shaping and levelling systems
  • Ensuring structural integrity before building commences

Pearson Engineering

12:15 -

Rail infrastructure and its potential to act as a force and supply chain multiplier

  • Utilising rail infrastructure to maximise troop and supply efficiency
  • Challenges in preparing rail infrastructure for mass military movement
  • Plant vehicle systems, portable rail tracks and other rail travel repair solutions

Colonel Stefano Pizzotti, Commander Railway Engineering Regiment, Italian Army

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The provision of base facilities is critical for the support, redeployment and operation of military forces. The ability to maximise the capabilities and utilization of existing base resources and to anticipate future facility-related requirements will be important in maintaining overall force effectiveness. This session will finish with a panel discussion looking at what has been discussed at Combat Engineer 2017 and what the future might hold

13:45 -

Housing modern forces in austere operating areas

  • Power, structural and elemental considerations for modern military technology
  • Challenges faced integrating modern weaponry and technology
  • Challenging current infrastructure technologies to meet these demands

Colonel Thomas Lühring, Head of Infrastructure IV 3 Department, Bundeswehr Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Service

14:45 -

Panel Discussion: Meeting future challenges of warfighting and expeditionary operations

  • Boosting engineering capabilities of host nations through Enhanced Forward Presence
  • The importance of multinational training to meet future threats
  • Future systems needed to enhance military engineer capability

Lieutenant Colonel Robert MacDonald, Head of Capability for Combat Support, British Army

Lieutenant Colonel James Lockridge, Chief of Operations and Planning – US Army Engineers, US Army Europe

Colonel Jean-Albert Legro, Chief Engineer, Eurocorps HQ

16:15 –
Chairman's summary and close of conference

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