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
    14 November 2018 17:00 to 20:30
    Claverton Rooms
    Presentation of the experience gained in the first year of operation on GWR of the new Hitachi IET trains. Careers fayre at 17.00; lecture commences 18.00
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 November 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green (Downstairs Alley) - 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
    14 November 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Event joint with IET. The talk will cover everything from trackbed to train with the odd station stop in between, the talk will also make a few comparisons with the original line construction.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    17 November 2018 10:00 to 14:30
    Devonport Energy from Waste Facility - Plymouth
    CANCELLED DUE TO LOW NUMBERS Enter Speak Out for Engineering to compete for cash prizes! Speak Out for Engineering is a competition designed to develop verbal and visual communication in explaining technical mechanical engineering related subjects. The competition is open to any Affiliate, Associate or Young Member of the Institution. The event is free for applicants and spectators and includes a free tour of the MVV Energy from Waste Plant.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    20 November 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Exeter - Cornwall
    DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE IN SPRING 2019 TBC A joint event with the IMechE Food and Drink Engineering Committee, Exeter University Renewable Energy Group and the IMechE Devon and Cornwall Area Committee. This Talk from Dr Mike Inkson, CEO of Sugar Knowledge International Ltd, will cover Practical Implications of Thermodynamics for Generation and Cogeneration as well as Commercial and Environmental Factors.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    29 November 2018 18:30 to 20:30
    HiETA Technologies - Bristol
    The Bath & Bristol YMP would like to invite you to visit HiETA Technologies, a company specialising in the design, development and manufacture of high efficiency components and systems utilising the technology of Additive Manufacturing. This event is a repeat of our over subscribed summer event. We invite members of all ages and experiences to come along and learn more about Additive Manufacturing.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    10 December 2018 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Peter Jennings explains the history of steam railmotors and the restoration of the Great Western Society's example.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    11 December 2018 18:00 to 20:30
    *TBC
    This is the annual joint Professional Engineering Institutions Family Christmas Lecture for the Bristol Area. This year Reach Robotics, developers of the Mekamon battle-gaming entertainment robot (https://mekamon.com/) will deliver the highly entertaining lecture
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    12 December 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    Alumni Auditorium - Exeter
    Join us for an interactive family-friendly evening of fun, facts and physics about lifeboats and the incredible work carried out by the men and women of the RNLI. You will learn about how lifeboats are designed to withstand the worst conditions the sea can throw at them as well as the equipment that lifeboat crews use to protect them from the elements
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 December 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    Devonport Energy from Waste Facility - Plymouth
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    14 December 2018 09:30 to 11:30
    UWE Room 4Q07 - Bristol
    Want to enthuse children about engineering? Come and have a go at some fun, engaging design and make projects and find out how the activities can be used to inspire the next generation. and listen to a talk on STEM engagement. Create your own electric fan boats and vibrating brush monsters. Class packs will be available for attendees to conduct the activities in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    09 January 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    JOINT EVENT WITH PWI Matthew Savastano explains his role in the project to provide new high speed railway network in western USA
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    15 January 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    23 January 2019 19:00 to 21:30
    Renishaw
    The Renishaw site will demonstrate some of the Renishaw products as well as providing an overview of the company.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    07 February 2019 18:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Craig Davies - IMechE Southern Business Development Executive HQ will give an interactive presentation on the current processes for progressing membership, focusing in particular on preparing for the professional interview. A number of experienced engineers will be on hand for break out one to one sessions to discuss the process of progressing membership and offer their advice.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    13 February 2019 16:00 to 19:00
    Portsmouth University
    Lecture by Neil Drury explaining the engineering challenge to modify legacy rolling stock for a new era. Careers fayre at 16.00, lecture commence 17.30 PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE - THIS EVENT IS NOW 13 Feb
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 February 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 February 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET. The challenges and benefits for UK of onboard ETCS fitment to railway vehicles.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    18 March 2019 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. Other prizes for the runners-up.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    08 April 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Annual General Meeting If you would like to join the committee of the Railway Division South Western Centre, or have any comments, please contact the Hon Secretary : rdswsec@imechenearyou.org. . Followed by a symposium. Magnus Conn will present the case for new vehicles and Phil Grey the case for refurbishment. The audience is then invited to interrogate the speakers and make up their own mind which is the better solution.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    09 April 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    29 June 2019 10:30 to 17:00
    Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway - Cheltenham
    Summer social event. Train ride Cheltenham - Broadway return stopping at loco and C&W depots.
    Industry: Railway
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