Welcome to the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight Area

Part of the Wessex Region, we pride ourselves on supporting the interests of our members.

This Year 2017/2018 your area committee is putting together an exciting programme of events for you. Additionally thanks to a small group of committee members on the IOW, we are looking to run a number of events - lectures and visits - on the island in addition to those on the mainland.

These events are great opportunities for Continued Professional Development, and for Professional and Social Networking. You are encouraged to come to as many as you can and to bring colleagues and friends, as our events which promote engineering are open to all. Please take to time to read what exciting things we are proposing and hopefully book those which interest you most.

Our programme will have events which will cover all the IMechE’s themes, as we want there to be “something for everybody”. However this year we are going to particularly focus on 2 interlocked themes which affect us all as individuals as well as in our Jobs – Energy and the Environment.

  • Hampshire Passivhaus – Visit
  • Tomato Stall – a visit to an environmentally friendly agribusiness - IOW
  • Vestas Wind Turbine blade manufacture and testing – IOW
  • IOW Offshore Wind / Tidal Farm  - Major Engineering Project Story - IOW
  • Solar Energy Farm – Visit
  • Environmental Energy/Waste Handling - Anaerobic digestion
  • A speaker from BEIS(DECC) – “ How do people perceive energy and what do they want energy to do?
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Heat Pumps - Air Source, Water Source, Ground Source
  • Parliamentary Debate - Energy / Environment - “The UK Energy Policy for zero carbon green environmental energy - What is the impact of Brexit"
  • Havant Area CHP District Heating
  • Southampton Geothermal Area/District Heating
  • Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoons - Major Engineering Project Story
  • Trout Farming – A visit to an environmentally friendly agribusiness
  • Britain's New Nuclear programme - How Green an alternative? Challenges faced in specific real life engineering projects

As we move into 2018 there are a number of anniversaries and celebrations we can look forward to and for which we are attempting to mount appropriate events.

  • “2018 – The Year of the Engineer” – Afternoon events for schools and an Evening event for members
  • Volunteer Members will be required to help with the  Schools events
  • “2018 – 100 Years of the RAF”
  • Visit to RAF Odiham - Large Helicopter Transports - Visit Engineering Workshops
  • Visit WW1 aerodrome on a flying day

Under the other themes of Manufacturing, Transport and Medical we are looking to hold the following events

  • A visit to IOW college new facilities CECAMM – IOW - Visit
  • Gurit Composite Manufacturing - IOW
  • Rolls Royce Turbine component Manufacturing – IOW
  • IOW steam railway – IOW - Visit
  • Building Controls - joint with CIBSE
  • Engineering Project Planning and Risk Management using Primavera Software
  • Computer Aided Design Modelling and Manufacturing using Solidworks
  • Network Rail Apprentice Induction - and Rail Div Lecture
  • Boat Building College in Historic Dockyard
  • EDF Apprentice Induction - and Energy Lecture
  • Church Bell Manufacturing Foundry visit & Tuning - Visit
  • Church Bell Hanging visit and opportunity to ring - Visit
  • Prosthetics and Implants
  • Protecting businesses against Cybercrime
  • Parliamentary Debate - Manufacturing/Transport – Title TBD

Under Education we are hoping to run and support a number of STEM and Primary Engineer events in Schools – including the “Year of the Engineer” event.  We are also looking to increase the awareness of STEM Teachers of the resources we can offer and will be running events at Teacher Training Colleges in both Portsmouth and Chichester. We need more STEM ambassadors – you can join the ranks of this elite club by attending our evening registration event.

  • Portsmouth STEM Ambassador Event
  • IOW STEM Ambassador Event
  • Education - 5 Tribes/Big Ideas "2018 Year of the Engineer" Theme – Portsmouth / Chichester

As usual we will also be continuing to support your further development as professional engineers

  • Professional Membership Registration Event

Please monitor our Near You Events page for details of our upcoming events.

As an Area we actively support our members attain higher grades of membership, please contact the Chair or Secretary for advice / guidance at any time.  We also aim to host a ‘Get Registered’ Event where more formal guidance is provided by the IMechE Business Development Management Team.  Please monitor our Near You Events page for details of our next ‘Get Registered’ Event.

Please find at the link a copy of our 2017 Annual Report following our AGM in January: Annual Report.

We are always looking to members to assist with the Area committee, if you are interested, please contact the Chair or Secretary to find out more about the roles.

Jason Crouch
Chair, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight Area

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Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    27 September 2017 18:30 to 20:00
    University of Portsmouth - Room 0.41, Portland Building - Portsmouth
    £100 million is being invested in HM Naval Base Portsmouth to develop the docks and ensure the city is ready to become the base for both HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales. Come and enjoy a talk from some of the Lead Engineers and Project Managers who are helping deliver these key investments to Portsmouth Naval Base.
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    11 October 2017 18:30 to 20:30
    IOW College CECAMM Building - East Cowes, IOW
    The Isle of Wight College has unveiled a new £12 million specialist centre for engineering, offering specialised education and training for around 600 students, based in Whippingham. The new centre will create a world-class workforce and help to assure sustainable long term economic success for local people and the island as a whole. This event will include tours of the new facility followed by a technical lecture (speaker to be confirmed).
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    18 October 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    Portland Building, University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth
    IMechE Evening Workshop: STEM Ambassador Programme Become a STEM Ambassador – Induction Session STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths
    Industry: Cross-sector
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