ICE and InstRE Joint Lecture, London

8 March, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Bailey Bridge - the bridge that won the war
Bailey Bridge - the bridge that won the war

About this event

Celebrating 75 Years of the Bailey Bridge: The Past, Present and Future of Bridge Engineering in Military Operations

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The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Royal Engineers will come together to celebrate the remarkable journey of bridge engineering in military operations, which showcases the truly magnificent results that can be achieved when military and civil engineers join forces for a greater purpose.

Hear from our speakers on the past, present and future of bridges in military operations and how this long-lasting cooperation is leading the way to new designs and opportunities for future utilisation.


18:00 Registration
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
Tim Broyd, President, Institution of Civil Engineers

18:35 Bridge engineering in military operations - experiences from the field

  • Military modular bridging history and principles
  • Recent operational use of modular bridging in Iraq and Afghanistan delivered by Commanders on the ground
  • The future challenges for UK military bridging

Brigadier J Ridge MInstRE, Commander 8 Engineer Brigade
Captain H J Morton RE MInstRE
SSgt Jon Ferry

18:55 Civil engineering involvement and future prospects
Nick Iannetta, Head of Product Engineering, Mabey Bridge
Shaun Chivers, Special Projects Manager, Mabey Bridge

19:10 Questions and answers from the floor
19:25 Summation by Major General Tyrone Urch, President, InstRE
19:30 Drinks Reception


Tim Broyd, President, ICE

Tim Broyd

Throughout his career Professor Broyd has worked at the interface between industry practice and academic thinking in the construction and infrastructure sectors, including in roles with a formal responsibility for influencing business and government leaders to embrace and drive innovation through their organisations.​

Major General Tyrone Urch CBE

Tyrone Urch

>Major General Tyrone Urch CBE was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1984, serving at Regimental Duty in Airmobile, Amphibious, Armoured Gurkha units supporting battle groups, brigades and divisions in Germany, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Belize, Bosnia and Hong Kong. Most recently, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff J3 (Operations) at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood and then Chief of Staff Land Forces at the Army Headquarters in the rank of Major General. He is now the General Officer Commanding of 40,000 soldiers in Force Troops Command, delivering specialist scarce resources to Defence and the Army.

Brigadier J Ridge MInstRE Commander 8 Engineer Brigade

John Beswick

Brigadier John Ridge joined the Regular Army in 1995 having previously served as a Sapper in the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). As a junior officer he completed tours at 59 Independent Commando Squadron and 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, including deployments to Norway, France, Spain, Oman, Bosnia and Kosovo. His squadron command was with 49 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron, during which time he completed two tours of Afghanistan.

From sub unit command, he moved into a staff appointment in the Ministry of Defence as MA to ACDS (Operations). This was followed by a short tour as the Military Liaison Officer to the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. As an SO1, he was employed as the UK lead for Offensive Counter-IED.

Brigadier Ridge took command of 26 Engineer Regiment, deploying on Operation HERRICK 16, a tour which included the drawdown of UK bases and the development of a long-term laydown for the Afghan forces. Post deployment, the Regiment was reset for contingency, which included taking on the high readiness Lead Armoured Task Force commitment and exercises in Canada, Kenya and Australia.

On promotion, Brigadier Ridge was appointed as the Army Pay Colonel, followed by an appointment as the Team Leader for the remuneration aspects of the MoD People Project, a post he held until taking over command of 8 Engineer Brigade in October 2015.

Captain H J Morton RE MInstRE

Captain Henry Morton was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 2011. He spent two years as a Troop Commander in 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment, which included a tour to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 17. He spent a short time at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) training and mentoring Battlegroups at high readiness.

As Squadron Operations Officer in 33 Armoured Engineer Squadron, he acted as Battlegroup Engineer to 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and completed a Joint Force Enabling Exercise (JFEE) in Cyprus as Project Officer. He is currently attending Professional Engineer Training, which presently involves an attachment to Laing O’Rourke on the Northern Line Extension.

SSgt Jon Ferry

After Joining the Royal Engineers, specialising as a Construction Materials Technician and completing parachute training, SSgt John Ferry joined 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment in 2004. He subsequently completed three deployments to Afghanistan being employed as a Section Combat Engineer to a Section Commander, independently constructing field defences and bridges from either locally sourced or specialist military materials.
In 2011 he took post as a Combat Engineer Training Corporal at 3 Royal School of Military Engineering.  During this post he completed a 7 month posting to Alberta, Canada supporting British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) with explosive battle noise simulations.
As a Reconnaissance Sergeant at 22 Engineer Regiment, SSgt Ferry completed EXERCISE PRAIRIE STORM at BATUS in the armoured role.  He then deployed on OPERATION SHADER 3 in a mentoring capacity, leading the delivery of training to Iraqi Armed Forces on the ACROW Logistic Support Bridge.  SSgt Ferry has recently started back at 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment as an acting Troop Staff Sergeant.