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
    09 September 2014 19:30 to 21:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    The presentation will give an overview of offshore wind energy development and then focus on two major challenges: Construction out at sea – the evolution of specialised vessels; and Access for maintenance – transferring technicians in wild and windy conditions
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • Event Type: Talk
    10 September 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    Paul Edwards will explain the background to the need for new low carbon generation in the UK, provide an introduction to the key technical features of the UK EPR design, outline the progress made with the Hinkley Point C project, and introduce some of the challenges associated in planning a project that has an expected operational life of at least 60 years.
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    10 September 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: 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: 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: 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
    Whilst the title is to be decided, Colin will talk of the future of aircraft propulsion.
    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: 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: 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
    *TBC
    Tidal Lagoon Power
    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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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