Tag Combat Engineering

Water Beyond the Shore

Look at any of the marketing material for any new combat vessel these days and there is always a reference to the potable water generation capacity in relation to how it can support Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response operations. Water…

3D Printing Buildings

Back in the deepest archives at TD Towers is a 2011 post on 3D printing for buildings and field fortifications using a technique called contour crafting. One of the disadvantages of these early systems was the need to build parallel rails…

Testing the Funnies

The specialist armoured engineering vehicles of the 79th Brigade under Sir Percy Hobart played a pivotal role in the success of the D Day landings, read more here. This video shows a number of them under test in 1942, carpet…

Are we losing the art of digging?

In the last decade or more of operations in the Middle East, the enemy’s that British forces have faced had not had a great deal of indirect fire capability. Although Iraqi forces in 2003 certainly did have them and used them,…

Faun HGMS-IV

Faun have introduced a new product called the HGMS-IV, or Heavy Ground Mobility System – Independent Variant. HGMS is the heavy variant of the familiar trackway system, the Class 70, after the Military Load Classification, described here It is interesting…

EOD Tasks

This FOI published a few weeks ago really surprised me. It shows the number of EOD tasks carried out by the Army and Royal Navy for the last few years in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It goes on to explain…

Drilling for Money

Here are two screenshots on the subject of drilling for water (click the link to read the story)   7 boreholes, £1m The work was carried out by Kelda Water Services   Royal Engineers core competence? Am struggling, someone help…

Increment 1 – Port Repair and Augmentation

At this point it is worth restating that Increment 1 is not designed to replace the services offered by civilian marine salvage and construction companies. Anything it does will be completed in a short time period and temporary in character.…

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

In an amphibious operation that makes use of beaches the beach itself and area immediately to the rear may well be mined with conventional anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. If the object of the operation is to augment or open an already established port the scope for conventional mining and IED's is extremely broad. Port facilities, warehouses, cranes, quaysides and harbour walls are easy to mine but difficult to clear.