NAVAL LUMINARIES TO GET ‘TRIPLE A’ INEC 2016 OFF TO A FLYING START
The 13th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2016), with its theme ‘Engineering the Triple A Navy: Active, Adaptive, Affordable’, gets off to a flying start on Tuesday 26 April, with keynote addresses delivered by a trio of international naval luminaries, from the Netherlands, the UK and the USA; and by INEC’s Principal Sponsor.Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard, Director, Defence Materiel Organisation, the Netherlands; Rear Admiral Richard Stokes, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Support), UK; Mr Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems, USA; and Mr Simon Knight, Naval Engineering Director at Principal Sponsor the Babcock International Group, will be speaking to a packed hall of international delegates in an iconic building with strong engineering links – The Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol, UK.
“It is a great honour to welcome these four inspiring speakers to INEC 2016,” says Cdr Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK and Chairman of the INEC Technical Advisory Committee. “I know all our delegates will be interested to hear their views on the ‘Triple As’ within our theme. INEC provides a unique and uncompromising forum for professional engineers and technologists from across the world’s navies, defence industries and academic establishments to share the very latest thinking and developments in warship and submarine design and operation.”
INEC is one of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) learned society events and is CPD approved by the Institute. The three-day conference features more than 80 authors from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, UK and USA delivering peer-reviewed technical papers.
The full programme is online at www.inec.org.uk.
Down to detail
After the keynote addresses in the opening plenary, presentations will be delivered on ‘Humanitarian operations – not a grey area?’; ‘Australian Landing Helicopter Dock; a tale of successful design and construction spanning two hemispheres’; and ‘Using airwake simulation to inform flight trials for the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier’. The conference then breaks into parallel sessions devoted to the ‘Triple A’ themes.
The ‘Active’ heading includes UXV; Combat Systems; Hybrid Propulsion; and Propulsion. ‘L’ Power and Propulsion; Design Rules; Platform Management Systems; Integration; and Ship Design are designated ‘Adaptive’. The ‘Affordable’ grouping comprises Maintenance; Manning and Automation; Ship Support; and Energy Efficiency.
The conference ends with a second plenary session in which topics being addressed are ‘Maintenance channel’; ‘The ‘cyber enabled ship’ – what does it mean for the operators and regulators’; and Richard Vie and Rear Admiral Nigel Guild speaking on: ‘Naval and commercial ship procurement – a comparison and consideration of the issues raised’. Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director Ship Acquisition, UK Ministry of Defence will deliver the closing summary.
The presentation of the Sir Donald Gosling Award will conclude the 3-day event. The award is designed to recognise young authors aged 35 and under and this year 23 presentations are competing for the Award which consists of three prizes – first prize £5,000; second prize £2,500; and third prize £1,500. As Sir Robert, one of INEC’s Patrons explains: “Since INEC 2008, Sir Donald Gosling’s generosity in funding his Award, has encouraged young engineers to present their ideas and innovations to a worldwide audience.” During a visit to INEC 2016 Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will meet all the Sir Donald Gosling Award candidates.
With its title ‘Engineering the Triple A Navy: Active, Adaptive, Affordable’ INEC 2016 is sponsored by the Babcock International Group, BMT Defence Services, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ, GE’s Marine Solutions and BAE Systems; and supported by the US Office of Naval Research Global; KIVI Engineering Society; UKNEST; the IET; and SUT.