Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

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

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

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • 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 Panel 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

Western Region Facebook Page

 

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    28 February 2017 18:30 to 21:00
    Lecture Theatre 1N05 - Bristol
    Find the right route for you to professional registration, at all levels, with Alan King Business Develop Manager.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    09 March 2017 18:30 to 20:00
    Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club - PLYMOUTH
    Our Annual General Meeting, at which we will hold elections for officers of the committee. Details of the elections can be found on our "Committee" pages.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    15 March 2017 18:00 to 19:30
    Applied Automation Ltd - Plymouth
    Join the IMechE Devon and Cornwall Committee for an in depth tour of Applied Automation's factory based in Plymouth. The visit will be two fold, a presentation about Applied Automation followed by a tour of the facility.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    15 March 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    The West Gate Pub - Bath
    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: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    15 March 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts - St Peter Port, Guernsey
    uring this talk Roger Hewitt will give a brief introduction to Crossrail and he will then move on to discuss the station design, the wider challenges that had to be overcome during the design process, and the construction of the top down station box itself.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    16 March 2017 17:30 to 21:00
    Leonado Works - Yeovil
    'Driverless cars' seem set to be in the vanguard of those significantly safety critical and physically instantiated 'Robotics and Autonomous Systems" (RAS) that will be "let out in public", i.e., generally available for purchase as affordable commercial items. devices to reach the marketplace.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    16 March 2017 20:00 to 22:00
    Pomme d’Or Hotel - St Helier, Jersey
    uring this talk Roger Hewitt will give a brief introduction to Crossrail and he will then move on to discuss the station design, the wider challenges that had to be overcome during the design process, and the construction of the top down station box itself.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    20 March 2017 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.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    21 March 2017 18:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    Joint event with the RAeS, Gloucester Area AGM followed by technical lecture. Start time TBC.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    22 March 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    University of the West of England (Lecture Theatre TBC) - Bristol
    Discussions are taking place at IMECHE headquarters regarding how Professional Engineering Institutions are set up, operate and interact and whether more collaboration is required to get the engineering message and perspective across to government and the wider public. This event has been arranged to give regional members and guests the opportunity to add their voices to the discussion and raise issues that are pertinent to the grass route membership.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    28 March 2017 18:00 to 29 March 2017 15:00
    Various
    Alan King, Area Business Development Manager will be visiting Plymouth on the 28th and 29th March.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    05 April 2017 18:00 to 21:30
    White Lion Bar - Bristol
    A tour of the vaults inside one of the towers of Clifton Suspension Bridge!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    05 April 2017 18:00 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Small Modular Reactors - time TBC
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    05 April 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts - St Peter Port, Guernsey
    In his talk, Ray Makin (Chairman, Atelier MB) will discuss all aspects of conservation based design on Listed Buildings and within Conservation Areas.
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    06 April 2017 20:00 to 22:00
    Pomme d’Or Hotel - St Helier, Jersey
    In his talk, Ray Makin (Chairman, Atelier MB) will discuss all aspects of conservation based design on Listed Buildings and within Conservation Areas.
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 April 2017 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Engineer Graham Nicholas explains the developments of this exciting project to resurrect a brand new steam locomotive based on Sir Nigel Gresley’s original design
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    17 April 2017 00:00 to 00:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    The finalists of the Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize will present their work to senior members of the Western Region's aerospace industry and academia with the hope of taking first prize. Please note that the final presentation date is TO BE CONFIRMED.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    03 May 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts - St Peter Port, Guernsey
    Wind power is presently one of the fastest growing forms of electrical generation. Offshore wind represents the most technically challenging phase of this power exploitation. Recent bid prices for offshore wind farms show that the cost of these developments is reducing. Prof David Infield will provide an overview of this exciting technology.
    Industry: Power & energy
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 May 2017 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    AGM of the Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation on the future new rolling stock for the new north of England franchise
    Industry: Railway
  • Stoke Gifford IEP Depot    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Technical visit
    05 June 2017 00:00 to 09 June 2017 23:00
    Hitachi Stoke Gifford Depot - Bristol
    Visit to brand new depot, pre-booking ESSENTIAL More details - including actual date - to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    07 August 2017 00:00 to 11 August 2017 00:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    Traditional summer visit and steam train rides, pre-booking ESSENTIAL More details - including actual date - to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    20 September 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts - Guernsey
    Colin Froude (Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force Retd) will talk about the challenges associated with testing large aircraft. Drawing on his flying experience, Colin will describe the origins of the Heavy Aircraft Test and Evaluation Squadron which is based at Boscombe Down. Colin will also discuss the Squadron’s roles which include testing modifications, R&D work and Met Research Flights.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    21 September 2017 20:00 to 22:00
    Pomme d’Or Hotel - St Helier, Jersey
    Colin Froude (Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force Retd) will talk about the challenges associated with testing large aircraft. Drawing on his flying experience, Colin will describe the origins of the Heavy Aircraft Test and Evaluation Squadron which is based at Boscombe Down. Colin will also discuss the Squadron’s roles which include testing modifications, R&D work and Met Research Flights.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Seminar
    25 December 2017 11:00 to 17:00
    Clifton Rocks Railway - Bristol
    Summary
    Industry: Cross-sector
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