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SMi Group is thrilled to present the next annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness 2018, taking place on 11th-12th April, Central London, UK.

Firmly established as the leading conference for armoured vehicle experts focused on C2, C4i, sensors and optronics, the 2018 show invites not only the programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but will also provide a perfect platform for both operational users and industry to share their experiences in the enhancement of situational awareness, information gathering and information sharing.

The only conference of its kind exclusively dedicated to armoured vehicle situational awareness, will hone in on key topics surrounding vetronics architectures, sensor integration, CIS and battle management, plus much more!

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  • Provide a platform for the advancement of armoured vehicles situational awareness, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
     
  • Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry that are enhancing combat effectiveness and connectivity, including: vectronic architectures, communications, battle management, acoustic sensors, optronics, displays, active protection and defensive aid suites
     
  • Hear from and meet leading OEMs and system integrators
     
  • Gain an update on strategic partner’s respective armoured vehicle programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
     
  • Deliberate key requirements for the countering of threats during contemporary/future operations
     
  • Explore land force interoperability and collaboration at the industry level

With particular focus on the collaboration between military, research and industry, Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness invites not only the key programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but also ensures the participation of senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from the leading solution providers are present.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army

9:10 The UK's Latest Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness Capability Development

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson, SO1 Land Systems , DSTL

  • How the UK is approaching enhanced vehicle situational awareness
  • Recent developments and research case studies from DSTL 
  • The move towards GVA as an enabler to joint operations with allied forces

     

  • 9:50 US Army Vehicle Protection Suite

    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Mr. Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director of Capabilities Development, Next generation Combat vehicle, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army

    • Combat Vehicle Portfolio
    • Current Capabilities
    • Components of VPS
    • Path Forward to Fielded VPS Technologies

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhancing Infantry Fighting Vehicle PUMA’s Survivability through Situational Awareness Maximisation

    Mr. Ulrich Faxel

    Mr. Ulrich Faxel, Technical Director, Deputy Programme Manager PUMA, German MoD

     

    ·         An update on the challenges and successes of the PUMA
    ·         Signature management and survivability
    ·         Enhanced communication and real-time intelligence gathering capabilities
    ·         Future development plans for the PUMA

    11:30 CARAVAN, comprehensive acoustic situational awareness for networked vehicles

    Alex Koers

    Alex Koers, Director, Microflown AVISA

     

    • Acoustic Multi Mission Sensors
    • Self protection of the vehicle/ convoy/crew
    • Mobile sound ranging
    • Fire control

    12:00 Urban Canyon Situation Awareness – The Theory of Threat Strings and Situation Services

    Mr. John  Crozier

    Mr. John Crozier , Vetronics System Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL

     

    • Defining threat string signatures and how to determine them;
    • Defining Situation Services and the components of Combat Platform Awareness;
    • Local Operating Pictures and the Common Relevant Operating Picture;
    • Developing a modular approach to SA.

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Increasing Armored Vehicle Survivability through Enhanced Situational Awareness: Effectively Harnessing Augmented Reality

    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Mr. Dan Lindell, Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds

     

    ·         An overview of the rationale behind BAE Hagglunds Battle View 360 system: how can augmented reality enhance SA?
    ·         Survivability advantages delivered:
    o   Blue force tracking
    o   Red force tracking
    o   Target Acquisition
    ·         Challenges to consider such systems and human factors
    ·         Potential plans for integration within CV90and feedback from trials and development

    14:00 Perspectives on local situation awareness product development

    Mr. Wayne Cranwell

    Mr. Wayne Cranwell, Business Development - Video Processing, RFEL Ltd

     

     
    • From the point of view of a GVA integration product developer.
    • Case study: TRAILBLAZER Driver Aid.
    • Challenges and solutions.
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    14:30 The Driving Requirements for Future Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness and Their Impact on the Solution Trade Space

    Dr. George McConnell

    Dr. George McConnell, Technical Director, Land and Air Systems, Thales UK

     

      • Elicitation of the “driving” requirements for situational awareness
      • Mapping the “driving” requirement to system elements
      • The critical role of architecture in the solution space and associated technologies
      • Assessment of situational awareness solutions and future challenges

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Optimising Real Time Delivery of Mission Critical Data for Operational Supremacy: The Netherlands Armed Forces Approach to Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness through GVA

    Major Wouter  Samson

    Major Wouter Samson, Doctrine C4I, Manoeuvre Center of Knowledge, Manoeuvre Center of Excellence , Royal Netherlands Army

     

    ·         Using GVA to link Armoured Vehicle Mission Subsystems, Weapons platforms and other key technologies
    ·         Creating a sensor network with other ground and air platforms to deliver real time asset information
    ·         Ensuring legacy equipment is integrated into the GVA system of systems to harness all available data
    ·         Training of AV crews to ensure success

    16:00 Sposnor Presentation Available

    16:30 Military Panel - Achieving Strategic Superiority through Timely Dissemination of Information and Cutting-Edge Communication Technologies

     

    ·         Challenges to real-time intelligence gathering in land theatres
    ·         Emerging communication technologies and achieving comprehensive land domain awareness
    ·         Inter-sensor communication and supporting dismounted soldiers
    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Major Sebastien Paradis, Project Director Land Command Support System Life Extension/ Capability Pack TOPAZ, Canadian Armed Forces

    Major Wouter  Samson

    Major Wouter Samson, Doctrine C4I, Manoeuvre Center of Knowledge, Manoeuvre Center of Excellence , Royal Netherlands Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO

    Major Warren  Brennan

    Major Warren Brennan , SO2 Communications and Vehicle Systems at Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army

    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Mr. Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director of Capabilities Development, Next generation Combat vehicle, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army

    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army

    9:10 Maximising Situational Awareness through Optimised Trials and Inter-Agency Cooperation

    Major Warren  Brennan

    Major Warren Brennan , SO2 Communications and Vehicle Systems at Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army

     

    ·         Current challenges to enhancing situational awareness in British Army armoured vehicles
    ·         Maximising inter-platoon cooperation through enhance multi-platform communication and intelligence sharing
    ·         Optimising manned-unmanned operations to achieve comprehensive situational awareness and enhancing survivability
    ·         Future prospects of development to further improve armoured vehicle situational awareness

    9:50 Enhancing Canadian Army Armoured Vehicles Combat Effectiveness And Survivability Through Upgraded Vehicle C4ISR Systems:

    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Major Sebastien Paradis, Project Director Land Command Support System Life Extension/ Capability Pack TOPAZ, Canadian Armed Forces

     

    ·         Enabling the vehicle and inter-vehicle tactical network, including on the move SATCOM
    ·         Fighting compartment digitization and data screens
    ·         Command and control applications to enable commanders and increase situational awareness
    ·         Surveillance and ISR sensor integration in vehicle network

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Digital Situational Awareness Trough Sensor Technology Development

    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas, Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology

     

    ·         Maximising sensor networks to improve inter-vehicle communication
    ·         Enhancing compatibility through modular architecture
    ·         Plug and play sensor suites: the ability to integrate sensor information and deliver a mission defined sensor
    ·         Real time intelligence gathering and dissemination to support SA platforms

    11:40 Adapting To the Environment: Maximising Electronic Warfare Capabilities Through Enhanced Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO

     

     

     

     

    ·         NATO’s prospects of enhancing electronic warfare capabilities in Eastern Europe
    ·         Enhancing Situational awareness through generic vehicle architecture (GVA)
    ·         How optimising NATO’s signature management maximises survivability and resilience in hybrid warfare
    ·         Measures for EW signature management within the vehicle
    ·         In sync utilisation of cyber and EW to provide comprehensive control of the spectrum

    12:20 Industry Panel - Creating Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness Through Enhanced Integration of Assets, Systems and Networks

     

    ·         The challenge of integrating multiple sensors, assets and feeds into vehicle SA
    ·         The growing importance of GVA in modern armoured vehicle fleets; opportunities for multiple system integration across a variety of platforms
    ·         Feedback from testing and trials of new SA technology –delivering greater plug and play integration
    ·         Working closer with military and government agencies to deliver communication superiority
    Dr. George McConnell

    Dr. George McConnell, Technical Director, Land and Air Systems, Thales UK

    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Mr. Dan Lindell, Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds

    Mr. Michael Haines

    Mr. Michael Haines, Project Manager Land Systems, Qinetiq

    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Mr. Pasi Niemela, Chief Engineer C4ISTAR, Patria

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Enhancing Crew Situation Awareness in Urban Canyons

    Mrs. Shirley Brennen

    Mrs. Shirley Brennen, Senior Consultant, QinetiQ

     

    • Challenges for Crew Situation Awareness in Urban Canyons
    • Vehicle Crew information requirements  for effective Situation Awareness in an urban environment
    • Optimising future Human-Machine Interfaces and Crew interaction
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    14:40 Patria’s view of integrating automotive platform with open architecture mission systems

    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Mr. Pasi Niemela, Chief Engineer C4ISTAR, Patria

     

    ·         Key issues of software integration
    ·         Architectural domains in GVA and NGVA implementations
    ·         Crew centric automotive platform information systems
    ·         Situational awareness as combination of direct and augmented view

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Situational Awareness in Context - The Implications for Combat Platforms in Multi-Domain Battle

    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith , TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate at the Maneuver Center of Excellence , US Army

     

    ·         Quantifying the Value of Situational Awareness through Modeling and Simulation
    ·         Capturing Situational Awareness needs in Platform Requirements
    ·         Gaining and Maintaining Situational Awareness in all domains -- What does that mean

    16:30 Modernizing Armoured Fighting Vehicles Through Situational Awareness Technologies

    Professor Merfyn  Lloyd

    Professor Merfyn Lloyd, Visiting Professor, Vetronics Research Centre

     

    ·         Enhancing inter-platoon communication and operability through enhanced and unified BMS technology
    ·         Maximising protection with optimised signature management
    ·         The roadmap for integrating new  SA technologies into private and government armoured vehicles

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army

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    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson

    SO1 Land Systems , DSTL
    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO
    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Project Director Land Command Support System Life Extension/ Capability Pack TOPAZ, Canadian Armed Forces
    Major Warren  Brennan

    Major Warren Brennan

    SO2 Communications and Vehicle Systems at Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas

    Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Chief Engineer C4ISTAR, Patria
    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director of Capabilities Development, Next generation Combat vehicle, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army
    Mr. Ulrich Faxel

    Mr. Ulrich Faxel

    Technical Director, Deputy Programme Manager PUMA, German MoD

    Alex Koers

    Director, Microflown AVISA
    Alex Koers

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support, British Army
    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

    TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate at the Maneuver Center of Excellence , US Army
    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

    Dr. George McConnell

    Technical Director, Land and Air Systems, Thales UK
    Dr. George McConnell

    George McConnell

    Technical Director, Thales UK
    George McConnell

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson

    SO1 Land Systems , DSTL
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Simpson

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO
    Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Project Director Land Command Support System Life Extension/ Capability Pack TOPAZ, Canadian Armed Forces
    Major Sebastien Paradis

    Major Warren Brennan

    SO2 Communications and Vehicle Systems at Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Major Warren  Brennan

    Major Wouter Samson

    Doctrine C4I, Manoeuvre Center of Knowledge, Manoeuvre Center of Excellence , Royal Netherlands Army
    Major Wouter  Samson

    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
    Mr. Dan Lindell

    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas

    Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
    Mr. Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr. John Crozier

    Vetronics System Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL
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    Mr. Michael Haines

    Project Manager Land Systems, Qinetiq
    Mr. Michael Haines

    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Chief Engineer C4ISTAR, Patria
    Mr. Pasi Niemela

    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director of Capabilities Development, Next generation Combat vehicle, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army
    Mr. Ted Maciuba

    Mr. Ulrich Faxel

    Technical Director, Deputy Programme Manager PUMA, German MoD
    Mr. Ulrich Faxel

    Mr. Wayne Cranwell

    Business Development - Video Processing, RFEL Ltd
    Mr. Wayne Cranwell

    Mrs. Shirley Brennen

    Senior Consultant, QinetiQ
    Mrs. Shirley Brennen

    Professor Merfyn Lloyd

    Visiting Professor, Vetronics Research Centre
    Professor Merfyn  Lloyd

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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