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International Bridge Assessment Course IBAC

!!! After Tree edition of the IBAC course, the responsibles decided to cancle the course for 2018. !!!

The Timeframee formaly allocated to this course will be used this year for the NATO Bridge Classification Workshop. 10-12 Jul 18

Participants will be taught how the NATO bridge assessment methods work and they will receive the methods for testing them in their belonging nations; a form of feedback will be therefore requested for final updates and upgrades to the overall methodologies before the planned dissemination in the summer of 2019.

 Registration to this Workshop is open trouth our Knowledge Portal (registration required)



The third edition of the IBAC course has been organised 2017 as a bilateral project from the Belgian and German Engineer Schools, supported by the Military Engineering Centre of Excellence (MILENG COE).The aim of the course is to inform the attendees on the different existing assessment methods from STANAG 2021.

 Course Details

The course concept is to conform to the Team of Expert in Military bridge Assessment (TOE MBA) Program of Work number 10 (POW 10): Training concept. The Goal of International Training should be to enlarge the knowledge of each student, by learning from their peers. Different knowledge and techniques may lead to higher quality of the work at home and mutual confidence in the field.

Remark: the International Bridge Assessment Course will not go into detail. Detailed reconnaissance and assessment method should be obtained nationally or by joining a national course open for international audience.

In detail, students will have following training content:

  • Design, construction, materials and internal forces of military and civilian bridges.
  • Bridge reconnaissance reports
  • Bridge classification equipment
  • Load rating methodologies for civilian fixed bridges (according to STANAG 2021 E8)
  • Guided bridge reconnaissance, supervised bridge reconnaissance
  • Calculation of MLC, presentation and comparison (supervised)
  • “interesting topics” e.g. bridge reconnaissance abroad, BEL deflection method, etc

 Course Objective

Having successfully completed the course, the students will have an "Expertise Level B" in bridge reconnaissance and assessment and they will be able to do a bridge assessment up to a "Reliability Level 4" assessment procedure.

 Target Audiance

Engineer NCO (OR7, OR 8), and Junior Engineer Officers (OF1 and OF2), preferably involved in construction and/or instructing on military bridging. The course is also totally understandable for combat engineers, with the same rank as the above mentioned ranks.


The maximum course size is 20 students based on accommodation and equipment availability. The minimum number of participants is 12 students.


If the minimum is not met two weeks prior to the start date the course OPRs will make a decision to cancel. The course OPRs can approve an exception to the min/max course requirements.

Priority for course places are to MILENG COE Sponsoring Nations (SN) up to three weeks prior to the course, on a first come first serve basis, with more than one from one nation being put on the waiting list. Personnel will be informed three weeks before the course start date if there are seats available (note if registration occurs within three weeks of a course priority is on first come first serve basis with all other requests, e.g. (PfP).

PfP and non-sponsoring nation requests will be put on a waiting list after SN wait list personnel, or first come first serve if within three weeks of course, and also be informed three weeks before the course if there is a seat available.




The MILENG COE will make every opportunity to accommodate students in the barracks. Students are first priority for barrack rooms during scheduled courses. There is no fee for instructors, guest speakers and host nation students (Germany).

 Course Fee

There are no course fees for sponsoring nations. Costs of the voluntary social events during the week are “pay as you go” by each course participant.

Non-sponsoring nations and PfP countries will have to pay a course fee to cover MilEngCoE expenses. The course fee includes course material, development of content and the use of military facilities to support the course. This Course fee will be approx. 100€.

 Security Classification

NATO Unclassified / Releasable to PfP /EU/MD/ICI/AU

Point Of Contact

Tel +49 841 88660 5090