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: Technical visit
    22 November 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    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: Technical lecture
    22 November 2017 18:30 to 20:00
    University of West of England - Bristol
    Lecture by Andy Penrose explaining the exciting new Hitachi IET and the plans for its mobilisation. There will be a Careers Fair before the lecture, commencing at 17.00. Following the lecture there will be complementary beer and pizza for attendees.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    06 December 2017 18:00 to 21:00
    Bristol Blue Glass - Bristol
    Get in the Christmas spirit by blowing your own Christmas bauble out of the famous Bristol Blue Glass!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 December 2017 17:00 to 20:00
    University of Exeter - Cornwall
    Sean and Zaid will provide an overview of the background to the work and details of the technical challenges encountered along with the solutions developed for Postharvest food loss reduction. Sean will also provide insight into the commercial and humanitarian plans that the company has for the future deployment of the developed machines. This event is in association with the IMechE's Food and Drink Engineering Committee and the IMechE Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    07 December 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    Room 2B 205 (UWE) - Bristol
    What is the history of Airfix? How did it rise to become Britain’s most prolific toy manufacturer, and how does it survive today in a vastly different toy market? How does the company use the latest cutting edge methods to research and produce the current generation of market-leading model aircraft? And what models are coming in the future, for Santa Claus to put under your tree next year? Book via IET web site
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    11 December 2017 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Peter Bennett introduces the local preserved railway, explains their problems and solutions and plans for the future. Please note the change of speaker from the printed programme, Alan Bielby is unable to join us, but we have a very able replacement in Peter Bennett. Followed by complementary hot buffet
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    11 December 2017 18:30 to 20:30
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    11 December 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Come along to our monthly meeting to help us decide on what events to put on and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    13 December 2017 19:00 to 00:00
    Alumni Auditorium - Exeter
    Come and join us at this fun and interactive talk where you’ll learn about the journey of a weather observation through to a weather forecast, with a special Christmas customer in mind! Through engaging hands-on demonstrations you’ll be shown how science and technology have transformed our ability to understand, predict and communicate the weather.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    03 January 2018 17:15 to 19:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    Cliff Perry reprises his personal perspective of the performance of the UK railway, presented in his inimitable manner. Joint event with PWI Thames Valley
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 January 2018 00:00 to 19 January 2018 00:00
    *TBC
    Safety culture requires an atmosphere in which individuals are not unduly punished or blamed for their mistakes. This is an ideal which is difficult to achieve in practice; when things really do go wrong, people’s reaction is often to protect themselves by pointing the finger of blame at others.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    18 January 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Elwes Building
    Joint Event with IET, Full details to be announced later...
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Competition event
    31 January 2018 00:00 to 00:00
    Online Submission
    Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize. Prize competition deadline is 31st January 2018, and the paper presentation evening is planned for April 2018.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    05 February 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Joint event with IET. Robert Phillpotts from TE Connectivity explains the ‘mystery’ of what goes on between the pantograph and the traction transformer, how the equipment has evolved and the latest innovations being applied to this aspect of train design.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    12 March 2018 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. If you would like to take part and submit a paper please contact m.james4@ntlworld.com
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 April 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    AGM of the Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation on the engineering and commercial challenges of life extension of existing rolling stock
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    18 April 2018 00:00 to 00:00
    Severn Trent Water Ltd - CHELTENHAM
    More details to follow
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    17 May 2018 10:00 to 14:00
    Reading Depot
    Daytime visit to brand new wheel lathe installed in the existing Reading depot, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    25 July 2018 17:00 to 20:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    Traditional summer event, with an evening event on site exclusively for Railway Division. Visit includes a buffet tea, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
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