Three highly stimulating international keynote speakers feature on the programme for the 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2018) incorporating the long-established International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS). The duo of events is being held at Glasgow’s Technology & Innovation Centre, Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 October.
The three keynote speakers, one from Canada, one from The Netherlands and the third from the UK will set the tone for the three-day event when they speak in the first session on 2 October.
Rangesh Kasturi, President, L3 MAPPS has accumulated almost 35 years of experience in systems engineering, project engineering, proposals management, strategic planning, business development, contract negotiations, acquisitions and general management. He leads a global business that provides pioneering solutions in naval control systems, high fidelity simulators for nuclear power plants as well as modelling and simulation for space applications. He also serves on the Board of FAST Holdings Ltd., a joint venture between L3 MAPPS and BAE Systems, which established and operates the unprecedented 36-year Astute Class submarine Training Service contract with the UK MOD.
Commodore Peter Knipping MBE RNLN, Chief Naval Engineering Officer, Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) began his military career in 1982 holding a range of positions on board ships and as a staff officer in the Directorate of Materiel. From 2001 to 2005 he worked in the UK on exchange where he was responsible for Gas Turbine equipment support. During this period he helped deliver the Total Care Package Contract for the Tyne and Olympus Gas Turbines and received a British Honour (MBE) for his contribution to the project. From 2012 to 2016 he held the post of Programme Manager for the introduction of ERP in the RNLN, then in May 2016 he was appointed Commodore and took over the position of Director Materiel.
The third keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Paul Methven, Director Submarine Acquisition, Royal Navy joined the Royal Navy in 1988. His time at sea included the role as the Deputy MEO in HMS Tireless, taking the submarine from Gibraltar following its extended defect rectification period, and then becoming MEO in HMS Triumph. In 2014 he was promoted to head the Type 26 and OPV Projects within Defence Equipment & Support. He then led DE&S work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, including establishment of a new project for the Type 31 General Purpose Frigate. During these assignments, he completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy. He took up his new assignment as Director Submarine Acquisition on promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2017.
Broad range of subjects
“I am very much looking forward to introducing our newly announced keynote speakers and hearing their views on our themes ‘Inspiring Naval Engineering’ for INEC and ‘Revolutionary Technology Inspiring Ship Control’ for iSCSS. Having set the scene they will be followed by over a hundred technical papers by authors from 19 countries,” says INEC’s Conference Chairman Capt Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK. “I am delighted to also announce that Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB FREng will give the Closing Summary on Thursday 4 October when the Sir Donald Gosling Awards will be presented.”
The authors speaking at INEC/iSCSS 2018 include representatives of navies, companies from prime contractors to SMEs, and academia. Their 100+ technical papers cover a broad range of subjects including innovative areas such as ‘Exploitation of Marine Robotic Systems’ and ‘Enhanced and Autonomous Navigation’ as well as headings including ‘Submarines’; ‘Systems Engineering’; ‘Waste Heat Recovery’; ‘Power Systems’; ‘Applied Mechanics’; ‘Electric Weapon System Integration’; ‘Engine Control’; ‘Standards’; ‘Damage Control and Survivability’; ‘Energy Storage’; ‘System Identification and Simulation’; ‘Power and Propulsion’; ‘Aviation Integration’; ‘Survivability’; ‘Real Time Control of Power Systems’; ‘Safety; Support’; ‘Ship Design: Safety and Environmental’; ‘Energy Management’; ‘Navigation’; ‘Electrical Power Management’; ‘Human Factors’; ‘Digital Transformation’; ‘Electric and Hybrid’; ‘Environmental Compliance’; ‘Power Conversion’; ‘UXV’; ‘QEC Class’; and ‘Ship Design Future Concepts’.
Both Learned Society events are organised by FIGS Events on behalf of the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) which are being held at the University of Strathclyde’s state-of-the-art Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow.
Exhibition taking shape
In addition to a forward thinking conference INEC/iSCSS 2018 also features an exhibition – exhibitors currently include Babcock International Group, BMT, IMarEST, Lloyd’s Register, L3 MAPPS, Rolls-Royce, Steller Systems. The exhibition is the location both for networking coffee, tea and lunch breaks and for ‘Speakers Corner’ where delegates can discuss in detail the innovation and concept behind papers with speakers on a one-to-one basis. Full information on opportunities offered by the exhibition is at www.inec.org.uk/exhibition
The Principal Sponsor of INEC/iSCSS 2018 is L3 MAPPS; Rolls-Royce, BMT and Babcock International Group are all Major Sponsors. Supporting organisations are The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI); UKNEST; US Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG); Society for Underwater Technology (SUT); Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). The Official Publication is The Marine Professional with Naval Forces as Media Partner. INEC/iSCSS 2018 is also supporting the Year of Engineering, so it is highly appropriate that once again, young authors have been encouraged to enter for the Sir Donald Gosling Award, open to authors of 35 or under.
MORE ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mr. Rangesh Kasturi is President of L3 MAPPS at its headquarters in Montreal, Canada. With a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, he started his career at CAE in 1984 and has accumulated almost 35 years of experience in systems engineering, project engineering, proposals management, strategic planning, business development, contract negotiations, acquisitions, and general management. He is responsible for the global business of L3 MAPPS with operations in Canada, UK, India, Malaysia and Australia and customers worldwide. He leads the continuing geographic and sectoral diversification and growth strategies of the business through organic growth and acquisitions. Among his many contributions to the business, Rangesh led the team in bidding and negotiating the unprecedented 36-year Astute Class submarine Training Service contract with the UK MOD. L3 MAPPS is a leading global supplier of control and simulation solutions for the marine, power generation and space sectors. The company is a world leader in delivering integrated platform management and simulation solutions to naval vessels from small fast attack craft to the world’s largest aircraft carriers and nuclear powered submarines. L3 MAPPS also provides high fidelity simulators for nuclear power plants, digital control computers for reactors, and modelling and simulation for space applications.
Commodore Peter Knipping MBE RNLN, Chief Naval Engineering Officer, Royal Netherlands Navy - Commodore (Engineering) Peter Knipping was born in 1964 in Arnhem. Commodore Knipping began his military career in 1982 at the Royal Netherlands Naval College. After completing his training he was sworn in as an officer in 1985. In the early part of his career he completed several courses, amongst which a post academic study for Environment, Health and Safety and the HDV (Dutch Staff College) in 2005.
Throughout his career he has held several positions on board ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). He served as Deputy Marine Engineering Officer on board the M-frigate Hr.Ms. Willem van der Zaan and as Marine Engineering Officer on board the M-frigate Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman. During this time he made tours in the West Indies and in several Nato Naval Groups. As a staff officer he has held various positions in the Directorate of Materiel of the RNLN, contributing to the design of the M-frigates, Air Defense Frigates, Landing Platform Docks, Patrol Vessels and the Joint Support Ship. He has also held various positions in the training and education branch of the RNLN. His last job in this field was Commanding Officer of the Engineering School of the RNLN.
From 2001 to 2005 Commodore Knipping worked as the MoU Liaison Officer Gas Turbines in Bath and Bristol (UK). In the UK he participated in the project team that delivered the Total Care Package Contract for the Tyne and Olympus Gas Turbines. He received a British Honour (MBE) for his contribution to the project. From 2012 to 2016 he held the post of Programme Manager for the introduction of ERP in the RNLN. This programme successfully introduced SAP throughout the RNLN. On 12th May 2016 he was appointed Commodore and took over the position of Director Materiel in the RNLN.
Rear Admiral Paul Methven, Director Submarine Acquisition, Royal Navy - Born on the Isle of Skye and educated there and later at Glenalmond College, Paul Methven joined the Royal Navy in 1988. After graduating from the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon and completing submarine engineering officer training, he joined HMS TORBAY in 1993 as an Assistant Marine Engineer Officer (AMEO). This was followed by a waterfront Project Management assignment in Faslane, an MSc in Marine Engineering at University College London and a tour at Foxhill working on technology development projects for the All Electric Ship programme. He returned to sea as the Deputy MEO in HMS TIRELESS, taking the submarine from Gibraltar following its extended defect rectification period, and then became the MEO in HMS TRIUMPH.
He completed a Master’s in Business Administration at Bath University and on promotion to Commander in 2004 joined the Warship Support Agency (WSA) as Naval Assistant to the Chief Executive. With the demise of the WSA, the post became Military Assistant to the first DG Nuclear. This was followed by 2 years as the Nuclear Propulsion Manager for Astute Boats 4-7. As a Captain, he joined the Head Office in 2008 as Assistant Head of Strategy Management (Performance Management), analysing Departmental performance and risk on behalf of the Defence Board.
He then returned to the submarine programme as Superintendent Submarines, responsible for all in-service repair, maintenance and upkeep of submarines at Devonport. After completing part of the 2014 course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, he was promoted to Head the Type 26 and OPV Projects within Defence Equipment & Support. He then led DE&S work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, including establishment of a new project for the Type 31 General Purpose Frigate. During these assignments, he completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy. He took up his new assignment as Director Submarine Acquisition on promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2017.
Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng FREng FIET FIMarEST MIMA is a Past President of IMarEST and has been a Patron of INEC since 2016. He stood down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering Council in 2017 after 6 successful years. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Following a career in the Royal Navy spanning more than 40 years, Rear Admiral Guild retired in 2009. His naval career began in 1966 and he read engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge.
A Weapon Engineer Officer, he served at sea in HM Ships HERMES, EURYALUS and HMS BEAVER and on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training. His shore appointments were mainly in the Procurement Executive, culminating in service on the Admiralty Board as Controller of the Navy. Rear Admiral Guild’s final appointment was as Senior Responsible Owner for Carrier Strike, in the Ministry of Defence. At the same time, he also held the post of Chief Naval Engineer Officer. Nigel is also a huge supporter of the Institute’s Learned Society events as well as INEC, he is closely involved in the EAAW Symposia series.
INEC and iSCSS 2018 Technical Advisory Committees
INEC and iSCSS 2018 Technical Advisory Committees are a group of experts formed from the defence industry, academia and navies worldwide and include:
- Chairman: Capt Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
- Dr Sal Ahmed, US Office of Naval Research Global, UK
- Jens Ballé, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Germany
- Lt Amy Bolland RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
- Prof Campbell Booth, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Lt Cdr Alex Davies RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
- Peter Deverill, Ministry of Defence, UK
- John Forbes, BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships, UK
- Lt Cdr Rinze Geertsma RNLN, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (Chairman, iSCSS 2018)
- Ian Grant, QinetiQ, UK
- Prof Alistair Greig, University College London, UK
- Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
- Keith Howard, Babcock International Group, UK
- Paul Karas, UK
- Paul Maillardet, UK
- Dr Phil Rottier, The MathWorks, UK
- Oliver Simmonds, BMT, UK
- Rob Skarda, Steller Systems, UK
- Glen Sturtevant, United States Department of Navy, USA
- Benjamin Thorp, Rolls-Royce, UK
iSCSS 2018 Technical Advisory sub-Committee
- Chairman: Lt Cdr Rinze Geertsma RNLN, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
- Jeffrey Cohen, US Navy Surface Warfare Center, USA
- Toby Drywood, BMT, UK
- Prof Carlos Guedes Soares, Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC), Portugal
- Dr Michele Martelli, University of Genova, Italy
- Suthakar Pakianathan, Department of National Defence, Canada
- Rear Admiral ME (ret) Klaas Visser, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
- Dr David Alan Wetz Jr., University of Texas, USA
- Dr Mehdi Zadeh, NTNU Marine Technology, Norway
Information on all aspects of INEC and iSCSS is available at www.inec.org.uk and .