The ongoing nature of operations among ISAF nations in Afghanistan shows that close combat and sustainment necessarily remain at the heart of NATO armed forces’ engineering corps. Nonetheless, recent natural disasters have highlighted the need for a broader range of engineering skills and emphasised the importance of an effective humanitarian engineering response. As such the conference will explore the recent engineering operations in Haiti with case studies and on the ground perspectives from those engaged in the initial response and the subsequent reconstruction effort.

SMi’s Military Engineering: Combat Sustainment and Reconstruction conference will examine the changing role of the military engineer and discuss the extent to which the private sector has a role in sustainment and reconstruction.

Attend this internationally-focused event and network with distinguished representatives from across the NATO alliance. Take part in wide-ranging discussion with stimulating debate and interactive forums.

Maximise your knowledge and engage with serving military officers and leading commercial contractors to discuss integrated engineering solutions and future developments across the industry.

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Military Engineering US Army Corps of Engineers


Engage with leading military officers from a variety of NATO armed forces
Network with the people you want to meet from the military engineering community
Gain valuable knowledge and insights into a variety of case studies and recent NATO activity
React to changes in the military engineering field and adapt business practice accordingly


Industry Profile:
Commercial Directors
Sales Directors
Marketing Directors
Business Development Managers
Technical Developers
Heads of R&D
Managers, Land Combat Systems
Construction and Infrastructure Development
Engineering Design Services
Engineering Support Services


Military Profile:
Senior Officers – Training
Senior Officers – Operational
Senior Officers – CIMIC
Plans, Policy and Doctrinal Staff
Engineering Capability
Land Warfare Centres
Analysis and Experimentation
SO1, SO2, SO3
Engineering Adjuncts

Engineering Afghanistan


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith

Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, Vice President, PRTM


Lieutenant General (Ret'd) David Leakey

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) David Leakey, Director General (Ret'd), EU Military Staff

• Assessing the situation on the ground and mobilising the correct force proficiency
• Meeting the necessary engineering demands
• Planning for force co-operation and adapting operational measures to suit


Major General (Ret'd) Chris Steirn

Major General (Ret'd) Chris Steirn , Director , KBR

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Integrating Cross-National Training Programmes

Colonel Otto Radlmeier

Colonel Otto Radlmeier, Director, MILENG COE

• The role of the MILENG COE in achieving a standard engineering focus
• Adapting multi-national techniques
• Perceived engineering necessity in contemporary theatres of operation
• Developing a single operational doctrine for NATO engineering operatives


• Overview of contemporary combat engineering demands and perceived capability gaps
• Adapting MC engineering command doctrine to suit new requirements
• Thoughts on IED/EOD – to what extent is engineering capability keeping pace with device development?
• Filling the gaps through training integration and capability development

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff  Miller

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Miller , Engineering Capabilities Branch, USMC

Lieutenant Colonel John Osborne

Lieutenant Colonel John Osborne, Deputy, Engineer Advocacy Branch, USMC

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 Developing Infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Colonel Frédéric Goetynck

Colonel Frédéric Goetynck , Commanding Officer , Engineering Battalion 4, Belgian Armed Forces

  • Improving the accessibility of Kalemie’s harbor
  • Education of FARDC’s engineers
  • 14:10 Disaster Relief Engineering

    Major Claire  Bramma

    Major Claire Bramma , Close Support Squadron Commander , Canadian Army

    14:50 Delivering Military Capability through Industry and Defence Acquisition Partnerships

    Stuart  Olden

    Stuart Olden , Senior Principle Systems Engineer , BMT Defence Services

    • Establishing, understanding and tailoring the Capability Need
    • Streamlining the acquisition process to meet the operational need
    • Delivering ‘Fit for Purpose’ equipment through robust civil and military partnerships

    15:30 Afternoon Tea and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, Vice President, PRTM

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, Vice President, PRTM


    Major General Daniel  Benjamin

    Major General Daniel Benjamin , Chief Military Engineer , Canadian Army

  • MilEngr Lessons from 3 Block War in Afghanistan
  • MilEngr Lessons from HADR in Haiti
  • MilEngr Lessons from ALEA support to 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Learning from the Past and Present to get ready for the Future
  • 9:50 US Engineering Operations Throughout the Middle East

    Colonel Joseph Goetz

    Colonel Joseph Goetz, Acting Commander , US Army Corps of Engineers

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Providing a Military Support Function to Civil Contractors

    Major Simon  Le Fèvre

    Major Simon Le Fèvre, Network Manager Civil Infrastructure , RNLA Army


    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, Vice President, PRTM

    Major General Daniel  Benjamin

    Major General Daniel Benjamin , Chief Military Engineer , Canadian Army

    Colonel Joseph Goetz

    Colonel Joseph Goetz, Acting Commander , US Army Corps of Engineers

    Paul Holt

    Paul Holt, Director- Business Development, G3 Systems Ltd

    Rod  Matthews

    Rod Matthews, Function Manager Infrastructure , Stabilisation Unit

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Interaction Between Military/Civil Engineering Groups in Post-Conflict Zones

    Rod  Matthews

    Rod Matthews, Function Manager Infrastructure , Stabilisation Unit

    • The role of the Stabilisation unit in promoting interaction between military/civil engineering groups
    • Identifying and extracting sufficient capabilities from each group to achieve wider aims
    • Successes and failures in recent operations
    • Lessons learned in inter-operability

    14:10 In Theatre Case Studies and Lessons Learned from Recent Deployments

    Colonel Noberto  Cintron

    Colonel Noberto Cintron , Chief Engineer , United States Southern Command

    • Overview of recent operations conducted by SOUTHCOM engineers
    • Meeting the urgent operational requirements of unique natural disasters
    • Operations in El Salvador
    • Operations in Haiti
    • Planning and facilitating reconstruction efforts 
    • Lessons learned

    14:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith

    Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, Vice President, PRTM

    15:00 Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference


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    Expect a warm welcome the moment you arrive at Hilton London Kensington. We’re located in the leafy district of Holland Park, 30 minutes from Heathrow Airport, with excellent transport links into Central London and three different tube lines nearby. Step inside the hotel and you’ll find stylish rooms and suites, fantastic dining and first-class facilities for business and recreation — everything you need for a remarkable stay in the capital.



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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