The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) about “Range design and management for sustainable live fire training ranges”, under its Propulsion and Power Systems Focus. The meeting is open to NATO, PfP and MD Nations plus Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO PfP AND MD NATIONS, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND NEW ZEALAND”. The meeting is to be held in Québec City, Canada 27 - 29 of April 2020.
A RSM is a medium-sized event spread over three-days with up to 100 participants. The aim is to promote the exchange of state-ofthe-art knowledge among an audience of experts and specialists on an important scientific or applied topic and to share this with environmental authorities, range managers, environmental officers and all possible end-users. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Specialists’ Meetings result in a STO Meeting Proceedings. The RSM will include between a half-day to a one-day visit to an actual live-fire range in Valcartier to highlight applications of range design.
General Scope and Meeting Objectives
This Specialists’ Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 45th AVT PBM with the objective to promote military live-fire range sustainability. The scope of the meeting is to exchange information about the various approaches used and results obtained to minimize the environmental impacts and implications associated with the firing of ammunition, with regards to the dispersion of munitions’ residues. The main objective will be to exchange information on solutions developed by each country and develop guidelines for range design and management. Some countries have already initiated the development of solutions that mitigate if not completely remove the negative environmental impacts of the training. Presentations will be given and discussions will take place to evaluate and improve range design and management. Implementing range design as well as better range management practices on current ranges will lead to better solutions, applicable to all countries. The sharing of knowledge, technology and work conducted on the subject saves time and money to each nation by minimizing duplicate work and ensuring higher level of acceptance by environmental authorities and the public. This RSM is of interest to range managers, as well as munitions’ manufacturers, buyers and users, research/testing laboratories and environmental officers from Defence departments and law enforcement organizations. The expertise that will be shared in this meeting will enhance our mutual reliance and strongly support participating nation’s range sustainability. The Technical Team will assemble the results of this RSM together with external information to provide a final summary report detailing the current state-of-theart and providing recommendations for modifications to procedures or new approaches discussed at the RSM.
Specialists’ Meeting Topics
The RSM will cover the following areas:
- Small arms ranges
- Deposition rate studies, toxicity, fate and transport;
- Exploring new technologies for remediation or entrapment
- Demolition and Disposal ranges
- Use of unconfined plastic explosive and related risks; OB/OD (open burn/open detonation) environmental impacts; Exploring new technologies for remediation or entrapment
- Risk assessment and monitoring
- Deposition rate studies, toxicity, fate and transport; Exploring new technologies, i.e. new water treatment technologies
- Heavy weapons ranges
- Deposition, toxicity, fate and transport; remediation and entrapment
- Link with the Nordic Initiative on Environmental Protection of Heavy Weapons Ranges
- Range Management
- Range records (Reliability, completeness, duds/low-order rounds); Dealing with mixed-use ranges; Noise issues
- Thresholds levels, management to reduce impact, best management practices / guidance
- Future challenges
- Green ammunition
- Watch list of contaminants of concern – emerging EM due to 3D printing, RAM technology & nanotechnology
- Insensitive munitions
- Ever-growing size and intensity of weapon systems and live-fire training & evolving training methods.
- Noise management
- Noise issues in various types of ranges
- Noise mitigation measures
The focus of the specialist meeting will be on best practice while other domains related to live-fire range sustainment will be welcomed.
Monday Evening Reception
Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.
The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.
Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception
You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.
For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".
The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the AVT-335 Specialists' Meeting and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.
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Monday, 27. April 2020 until Thursday, 30. April 2020