Roofing system offers greater flexibility in workshop set-up

16 December 2013


NSPA reached a significant milestone in the delivery of a deployable camp workshop and roofing system in early December.  The new roofing system is designed to provide a protected area for deployable support teams to work when they are setting up the deployable camps (which form Capability Package 156.)

The roofing system project was born out of lessons learned during recent deployments.  The Southern Operational Centre (SOC) deployable team recognized a need for an autonomous workshop to provide support to NATO units at an early stage of deployed operations.  Working in close coordination, teams from SOC and LG developed a concept whereby the SOC team would always deploy with a containerized workshop.  This standard ISO container would include a power generator and a roof section that can be connected between the workshop and another ISO container and thereby extend the workshop area. The roofing system is the last element of the containerized workshop.

In summary, the new roofing system offers a fast and cost effective solution to extend a sheltered area in deployable camps where numerous containerized facilities and ISO containers are available, and will certainly find multiple commercial applications.

Through the design process, the concept was elaborated to offer many different configurations which in turn offered significant flexibility in setup options for the user. The resulting Statement of Work has now been developed in order to ensure modularity and to maximize the possible functions and configurations of this additional covered area. The roof itself can be fitted between two ISO type containers. However, with extra wall sections, (including a pedestrian door and a cargo door with generous dimensions allowing large vehicle access) added on both sides, the result is a well-protected workshop area that can be used effectively. This design will also allow the connection of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning units if required in the future and, finally, lighting was also included in the package. Furthermore, the roofing systems can be connected to each other and the covered area between ISO containers can be extended virtually without limits.

The parts are compatible with the variety of containers available on the market and have been designed so that no modification of the containers is required.

The First Article Factory Test of the Roofing System was successfully performed on 03-04 December 2013 at the OEM  (Original Equipment Manufacturer) facility in Italy.