Welcome to the Dorchester Area

The Dorchester Area of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers covers the post code zones DT1 - DT9.  This embraces Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Gillingham, Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis.

Unfortunately, today there are very few large industries within the Area.  However, the Area does have a very diverse spectrum of industries within what is chiefly a rural environment.  However, Dorchester is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with geographical interest associated with the Jurassic Coast world heritage site.  In 2012 Weymouth & Portland hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events, the legacy of which still continues by promoting and hosting world championship sailing events.

Because of the areas outstanding natural beauty many engineers tend to move into the area during retirement bringing with them a wide diversity of experience and wealth of interests which is evident in those attending our regular lectures, talks and visits.

The institutes values are;-

     ● Professionalism                  ● Respect for people and the environment
     ● Integrity                            ● Innovation
     ● High ethical standards

With five key themes;-

     ● Education                          ● Manufacturing
     ● Energy                              ● Transport Environment

The Dorchester Area Committee endeavour to engage with the interests of our membership and local community, and to these ends we offer a total of six lectures a year focusing on the five key themes in a combined programme with the Dorset & South Wiltshire branch of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).  Lectures are held at Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue site and visitors are always welcome to attend.  We believe our members and visitors enjoy the talks which are held on a wide ranging subject matter helping to promote a general interest in engineering and applied science.

In addition to our lecture programme, we work actively with many local schools and colleges promoting STEM activates to students through the tireless efforts of our Schools Liaison Officer.  These activities include visits to science centres, project work and competition such as the IMechE’s Formula Student.  We also try to organise at least one visit per year for our members to a local industry.

The Area committee meets four times a year in Dorchester, at the Trumpet Major Inn.  Institute members are invited to attend and details can be obtained from any of the committee membersOur next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 15th May at 6pm.  We are always looking for additional committee members, particularly young members, so why not come along and have a chat.

Dr Andrew Samways FImechE
March 2014

Current and Future Events

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  • Event Type: Talk
    01 May 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Weymouth College - Weymouth
    The presentation focusses on the design methodology for DataFish, a met-ocean survey buoy designed to withstand tidal streams of up to 10 knots and statistical wave heights of 5m, and how it is being used to provide turbine developers with useful data that enable them to, assess the available energy resource, plan the siting of devices, understand flow dynamics, monitor the effect on wildlife, and monitor turbine performance.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    05 June 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Weymouth College - Weymouth
    Richard Moore will bring along his Raspberry Pi and give a whistle-stop tour of its features, installation and use. The Raspberry Pi is an extra-ordinarily inexpensive computer with huge potential as an education aid and for serious work. It is 2012's answer to the fondly remembered BBC micro, but at a fraction of the price and with considerably more computing power to its elbow.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    19 June 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Weymouth College - Weymouth
    Typically less than half of the known oil in place is recovered from oil fields using conventional oil recovery techniques. The challenges of implementing EOR offshore will be reviewed covering low salinity water flooding, chemical flooding and miscible flooding. An overview of the potential for applying EOR processes in UK Continental Shelf fields will be discussed along with the major issues that need to be addressed.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
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