Defence School of Transport Transport Management Event – Wednesday 13 June 2018
On 13 June the RLC Foundation in conjunction with the Defence School of Transport and Kuehne & Nagel held a Transport Management event at Leconfield. The event was generously hosted by Colin Andrew Kennedy, Commandant of the Defence School of Transport. The event focussed in on driver training, transport planning, asset utilisation and evolving technology in transport management, from both a military and a commercial perspective.
WO1 Joe Murphy, the MT Training Officer at DST, gave an insight into military driver training, highlighting trade progression and responsibilities throughout a soldiers career. WO1 Murphy talked about the importance of mapping of trade qualifications and professional development for soldiers and their equivalence within the commercial sector. Tom Kay, Head of Future Planning Kuehne & Nagel, gave an overview of how their Transport Management System controls distribution and freight movements on a global basis. This is coordinated through a control tower which effectively provides for consignment tracking, vehicle fleet optimisation and electronic delivery confirmation. Current innovations being explored by Kuehne & Nagel is dual fuel usage, a further reduction in noise pollution levels whilst conducting operations and lower fuel emissions.
After the presentations all delegates were given a tour of the DST Leconfield site to look at the diversity of driver training that is conducted across a vast fleet of different types of military and commercial vehicles. A static vehicle display highlighted the unique operating capability of each type of vehicle and SMEs were on hand to take questions from the ‘tourists’.
This was an excellent event, very much appreciated by all that attended. Well done DST, one of our best events to date.