Welcome to the Autumn 2019 update
from IMechE West Cumbria Area


Dear All,

It gives me great pleasure to, once again (but finally for me), reflect on the achievement and activities the West Cumbria area of the IMechE have made over the last six-month period. I am looking forward to the coming term with enthusiasm and we can present another superb programme of events to further the cause of the IMechE, and engineering and STEM in general, in our beautiful part of the world.

The Spring edition of our bi-annual Newsletter is available for download below and it will set out all the events and visits that we have hosted and arranged over the last 6 months. This included visits to Carr’s Flour Mill in Silloth, and Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders in Durham, as well as talks on NASA Asset Management, the Queensferry Crossing Project in Scotland and, most recently, on the Development and Provocations in Tidal Energy. What is most encouraging is that numbers attending these visits and talks remain robust with some visits and talks fully booked.

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Our Spring Events Programme offers a wide variety of talks and visits. We have visiting speakers from the world of engineering maintenance and reliability, and the field of biomedical, and some of our visits take us not too far away to Carlisle; to Pirelli and Kingmoor Traction Maintenance Depot. Please keep informed of the up and coming events and book your place via our website, we organise these for you! Details of these visits and talks are also shared via our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. If you use any of these platforms, please give us a follow and share content as well as encouraging your colleagues and friends to attend our events.

The highlight of the year is fast approaching, the Annual Dinner, on the evening of 18th June. Planning is already well underway, and we hope to be able to share the details of this with you very soon. We have received excellent feedback for last year’s event and hope we can at least match it. So, save the date, book your taxi and get your dinner suit or dress dry-cleaned in readiness!

Finally, but by no means the least important, we aim to continue our work in developing our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Educational Engagement activities and this year we will revisit STEM Sport as our annual event in conjunction with the dinner. We’d be delighted to get more of you involved in our STEM activities so if you’re interested get in touch, we are also seeking a STEM Co-ordinator on our committee to help focus our STEM commitments and ensure we are inspiring the next generation. Any help is appreciated, not just from us but from those who come along to enjoy our activities.

 As ever, we are looking for new Members to reinforce and supplement our Committee, so if you feel like enhancing your Chartership / Fellow credentials and adding an extremely worthwhile activity to your CV (as well as wanting to help us maintain the West Cumbria branch as one of the most productive and successful Area Committees in the country) get in touch with me. We meet once a month and your supper is provided!


Caroline Hamilton CEng MIMechE

Honorary Chair, IMechE West Cumbria




Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

The IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner is a non-profit making event for the Institution; however it aims to generate sufficient funds to allow a range of educational initiatives to take place within the county.  In order to make such an event possible we rely on the support and sponsorship of key organisations and IMechE members. It also helps local companies demonstrate a positive Social Impact.

Planning has started in earnest for the 2020's Annual Dinner,
which will be equally as good if not better than last year, and we'd love for you to be one Sponsors.

Details of VIP speakers will be published very soon.

As in previous years there will be a number of sponsorship opportunities, with a range of costs and associated benefits. Please contact Caroline Hamilton for information. 


Containing everything you need to know about what we have been doing during the Autumn/Winder Season as well as a look at the programme of events for the coming Spring Season:

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    21 April 2020 10:30 to 14:30
    All Engineers, who are looking to make an application via the CLA route and have spoken to the BDM before booking on this webinar.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    23 April 2020 18:30 to 21:00
    Direct Rail Services - Carlisle
    This visit has unfortunately been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and government advise. We hope to re-arrange in the future.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 May 2020 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    A talk / demonstration of some of the latest advances in 3D, VR and AR and how they have been used for clients not only in the uk but also across the world. This will touch on how this approach sits in the new high tech world of scanning, modelling, 3D animation and BIM. He will explain how these user friendly outputs can be generated relatively easily by both utilising existing client data and new scanning techniques.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    04 June 2020 18:00 to 21:00
    Pirelli Factory - Carlisle
    Pirelli Tyres at Carlisle is a World class Tyre Manufacturer and part of the Italian Pirelli Corporation and produces tyres for an ever increasing market around the world. In June 2010, Pirelli was back to Formula 1™, and became the exclusive tyre supplier in 2011. Pirelli has also been the exclusive tyre supplier for the Superbike World Championship since 2004
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    29 September 2020 10:30 to 15:30
    Atkins - Whitehaven
    All Engineers who satisfy the academic and competence requirements, and who wish to make an application for Professional Registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer should attend this workshop.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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