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: Talk or debate
    16 December 2016 17:30 to 19:30
    School of Chemistry, Lecture Theatre 1 - Bristol
    From the very mundane to the very hot and the very cold: this talk will take you from hair gel to a hydrogen explosion in sixty minutes via more than a dozen chemistry demonstrations. Explore the importance, fascination, beauty and FUN of science and chemistry.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    04 January 2017 17:00 to 20:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    Joint event with PWI Choosing the Right Trackform for a High Speed Railway
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    11 January 2017 10:30 to 14:30
    National Oceanography Centre - Hampshire
    The Swindon Area IMechE has arranged to visit the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, Southampton, which hosts a community of innovative companies developing technology for platforms, components and sub-systems in order to develop the next generation of marine autonomous and robotics systems.
    Industry: Offshore engineering
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    25 January 2017 17:00 to 19:00
    British Ceramic Tile LTD - Newton Abbot
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Devon & Cornwall Area Committee would like to invite you to a technical visit of the British Ceramic Tile Factory based in Heathfield, Newton Abbot. The tour is scheduled to take 1.5 - 2 hours. Please arrive for 16:45 on the day for a prompt 17:00 start.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 February 2017 17:00 to 20:00
    Cardiff University School of Engineering - Cardiff
    Network Rail explain the problems and innovative solutions for integrating modern technology into Victorian infrastructure More details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    22 February 2017 18:30 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    Highways England introduced mandatory variable speed limits on the M25 in 1995 between J10 and J11 to improve traffic flow. Since then the technology has been refined and variable speed settings are now widely used across the motorway network to improve safety and increase traffic flow
    Industry: Automobile
  • 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: 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: 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
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