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Interoperable Bridge Classification Project

MILENG COE started the "Interoperable Bridge Classification Project" in the summer of 2016 with the intent to propose a common NATO standard (included in STANAG 2021 -Military Load Classification of Bridges, Ferries, Rafts and Vehicles) as an expeditionary method in nature, to be used in an Operational Environment for computing and to rapidly determine the load carrying capacity of civilian bridges along the maneuver routes.
The products developed up until the end of 2017 were based on national standards and they did not fit with other countries requirements where different design standards of building bridges were applied. Additional steps for product developments and upgrades have been identified to include further data collection regarding with different bridge design standards form other countries and therefore trying to set up patterns to achieve standards covering different geographical regions. 


"The Interoperable Bridge Classification Project" was officially closed 2017 and a new project has been proposed by MILENG COE and accepted to be sponsored by Emerging Security Challenges Division/ NATO HQ begin 2018, called "The Interoperable Bridge Classification Project - Upgrading to a Geographical User Interface", foreseen as further development and completion of the already existing products.


NATO Bridge Classification Workshop

Hosted by MILENG COE, 10 – 12 Jul 2018.


Registration is closed on the MILENG COE event registration page (Log In Required)


The primary scope of work during the workshop is to set up the prerequisites for all participants at the event, in order to perform follow on field tests of the project deliverables by the 30th Nov 2018 in different geographical areas corresponding to their belonging nations.
Secondly, the aim is to explain to the participants, the different rating procedures existing at the basis of the current project deliverables (to include the technical explanations of how these products were developed and the practical performance associated with the user interface ).
Finally, the intent is to agree on a collection plan of the results expected during the field validation, as well as other current data gaps for a follow on upgrade and completion of the project deliverables.


This means that the participants will be taught how the 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.

Target Audience

This Workshop is opened to both civilian and military Subject Matter Experts from NATO/ Partner countries, who are expected:

  • to have a thorough knowledge and experience in bridge designs and structural engineering;
  • to be experienced in bridge assessment and familiar with military load classification as per STANAG 2021;
  • to have access to their own national bridge design standards and data in order to perform follow on practical field tests of the project deliverables on some bridge types agreed during the Workshop;
  • to be able to provide a feedback NLT 30th Nov 2018 to the Guest Speakers and to the MILENG COE POC, regarding the results of the project deliverables applied on some national bridges,


The International Bridge Assessment Course has been cancelled from the MILENG COE Programme of Work 2018. A new form of training for bridge assessment will be investigated after this project is finalized.