Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Somerset
  3. Gloucester
  4. West Devon and Cornwall
  5. Swindon

In addition there are Young Member Panels centred around Bristol and Plymouth. There are also three Divisional Centres for those with specialist interests in the Aerospace, Automobile and Railway industries.

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • Devon & Cornwall Young Members
  • Aeronautical
  • Automobile
  • Railway
Information about events and contacts for each Area or Panel is provided in their respective pages.

The overall programme for the Region aims to provide a mixture of learned society activities including prestige lectures, talks on popular subjects, visits to industrial organisations, aspects of Continuing Professional Development, student prizes and social functions.

Details of the programme, typically comprising around 90 events organised by the Region, Areas, Young Member Panels and Divisional Centres, are printed on a single card, which is sent to all our members during September each year via an insert in Professional Engineering.

Ian Parsons - Western Chair
Mike Moseley - Treasurer

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Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Talk
    24 September 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    An update on Quicksilver – Britain’s World Water Speed Record Attempt by Nigel Macknight
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    28 September 2014 08:00 to 17:00
    Castle Combe Circuit - Chippenham
    GREENPOWER RENISHAW WESTERN REGIONAL HEAT
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    29 September 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Railway Division Chairman's Address - please click on title for a link to detailed information
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    30 September 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Langage Energy Centre
    A networking event for female STEM professionals and technicians employed in the Plymouth travel-to-work area.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    08 October 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    09 October 2014 13:30 to 15:45
    Centrax Ltd - Newton Abbot
    A presentation introducing Centrax's fascinating products and technical visit of the company's manufacturing and test facilities in Newton Abbot.
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    10 October 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    This talk will cover the need for managed motorways and their history together with the roadside technology and back office control system. It will conclude with the way forward for the future.
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    13 October 2014 16:00 to 18:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    Western Aerospace Centre Committee Meeting
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    13 October 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Colin Smith CBE FRS (Director – Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc) will describe the journey of modern aerospace propulsion technologies and the challenges for the future: from the engineering and technology that have delivered the most efficient large aero engine in the world today – the Trent XWB – to the next generation of engine designs already in development and the research and technology challenges faced in delivering the future concepts for civil aviation.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    15 October 2014 15:30 to 17:00
    Plymouth University Marine Building - Plymouth
    A unique opportunity to see the hydrodynamic facilities within the Plymouth University Marine Building, including wave tanks which are unmatched anywhere in the UK.
    Industry: Research & Development
  • Event Type: Talk
    15 October 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    More information to follow shortly
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    20 October 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET Explanation of the latest technological thinking on the critical interface between rolling stock and infrastructure, the collection of traction power by the locomotive pantograph from the overhead conductor cable.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    21 October 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    With the breakup and privatisation of the Central Electricity Generating Board in the early 1990s, electricity generation is now provided by a large number of players. As a result the operators of the grid system together with the distribution companies are faced with a wide variety of challenges. These need to be solved if the lights are to remain on.
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    05 November 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    Lecture room XF1 - Exeter
    A Talk on Marine Renewables by Lars Johanning.
    Industry: Offshore Engineering
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    11 November 2014 18:00 to 20:00
    Swansea University - Swansea
    JOINT EVENT WITH I MECH E SOUTH WALES REGION The Hitachi Super Express Train is the new generation of high speed trains which will operate on the Great Western Main Line after it is electrified, and on other inter-city routes in Britain. The trains will be assembled at a new factory in the north of England and the GW trains will be maintained at depots in Bristol and west London. The lecture will include aspects of the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the trains.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    12 November 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    Tidal Lagoon Power is preparing to start construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay in 2015. Join us for a thrilling insight into a new option for affordable renewable energy at a scale not seen before.
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    17 November 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    An exploration of the latest technological thinking on getting the best from diesel engines used in the railway environment
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    26 November 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Delphi Diesel Systems - Gloucestershire
    For this year's IMechE Lecture at the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Week (Festomane) a lecture has been organised about the Dudbridge Hydro, a part of the Cotswold Canals.
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    28 November 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    Bath University - Bath
    As well as being a great opportunity to develop your presenting skills, and to network with those from the engineering profession, prize money is available to the winner and runner up in the area. As the event is being held over two heats in the area, the winner and runner up will be notified once both events have taken place. Please note dates and times are to be confirmed closer to the date. Room subject to change.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    28 November 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    As well as being a great opportunity to develop your presenting skills, and to network with those from the engineering profession, prize money is available to the winner and runner up in the area. As the event is being held over two heats in the area, the winner and runner up will be notified once both events have taken place. Please note dates and times are to be confirmed at a later date. Room subject to change.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    15 December 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    This year's annual family event is in the form of a travelogue Great Railway Journeys will describe some of the exotic and exciting destinations - and more importantly journeys - that can be achieved worldwide by train. From the Ghan in Australia, the Trans Siberian Express and trips through the Rocky Mountains railway travel is a worldwide delight. After the presentation and audience participation everyone is welcome to stay behind and continue the debate over drinks and a hot finger buffet.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    07 January 2015 17:15 to 20:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    JOINT EVENT WITH THE PERMANENT WAY INSTITUTE The National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering present their vision for closing the skills gap in the railway industry
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 January 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    A Talk on Energy Harvesting by Meiling Jhu From Exeter University.
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • Event Type: Talk
    21 January 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    Newly elected IMechE Fellow Caroline Alliston, author of the ‘Technology for Fun’ books of fun practical design and build projects for 7-14 year olds, talks about how she changed from working in industry to inspiring the next generation of engineers. There will be lots of working models to play with, or to make and take away afterwards. Friends, families and STEM ambassadors welcome.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    31 January 2015 06:00 to 23:00
    *TBC
    Prize competition deadline is 31st January 2015.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk
    18 February 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    TBC
    Industry: Nuclear Power
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    24 February 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    JOINT EVENT WITH I MECH E WESTERN REGION The Hitachi Super Express Train is the new generation of high speed trains which will operate on the Great Western Main Line after it is electrified, and on other inter-city routes in Britain. The trains will be assembled at a new factory in the north of England and the GW trains will be maintained at depots in Bristol and west London. The lecture will include aspects of the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the trains.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 March 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    A Visit to the Fox Brothers Factory in Wellington. Visit to and tour of the factory where waving of cloth is carried out.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    16 March 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years experience) will present their papers, in competition with each other. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. And other prizes for the runners-up. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    17 March 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    The IMechE - RAeS 2015 joint lecture will be concirning The Last British Airliner, the BAe 146. Refreshmens available from 19:00.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    15 April 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Lecture room XF1 - Exeter
    A Talk on Additive Layer by James Bradbury from Exeter University.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Talk
    15 April 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    TBC
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    27 April 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    The Annual General Meeting of the South Western Centre of the Railway Division of the I Mech E. This is followed by a presentation on the strategy for procuring rolling stock for the outer London commuter services in the Thames Valley after it is electrified.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    12 May 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    UTC Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET After the electrification of the Great Western Mainline from London to Bristol and Swansea what is the maintenance regime already planned to keep the service running?
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    13 May 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    TBC
    Industry: Medical Engineering
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