Welcome to the Western Region

During the COVID-19 Lockdown period many of the usual events have been either postponed or cancelled.  We hope to establish a series of virtual events within the Region and signpost those organised by HQ IMechE.  Indeed the move to virtual events by many regions potentially opens up opportunities to participate in more events.

Western Region proudly share many of their events with other Professional Engineering Institutions including Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Institute of Physics (IoP), Nuclear Institute (NI), West of England Metals and Materials Association (WEMMA) and many more

The Region covers the six Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon
  6. Channel Islands
In addition there is a Young Member Panel centred around Bristol and a special interest Railway Division South West Centre.

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.

With the resumption of a full service, post COVID, we expect to re-instate the monthly newsletter summarising events.  This is followed up by a targeted email advertising each event about 2 weeks before it happens. 

Johnathan Milsom - Western Chair
Monika Heaton - Western Secretary

 

Join the Committee

Committees are Regional and Area level are always looking for volunteers to deliver the exciting programme and services that our members deserve.  The commitment can be as little or as much as your circumstances allow over time so please get involved.  The Regional Committee meets once a quarter and Areas tend to meet once a month.

Committee membership is a great way to improve your networking, demonstrate a commitment to the profession and contribute to your Continuous Professional Development now required to sustain professional registration.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Conference
    04 August 2021 00:00 to 06 August 2021 00:00
    Virtual
    The purpose of this conference on Materials Science and Smart Materials is to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners around the world to present papers on recent developments in the fields of Materials Characterisation, Design, Development Manufacturing and Application. The conference will provide a forum for presenting research papers by internationally recognised experts and young scientists working in the field of Materials Science and Smart Materials.
    Industry: Research & development
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 September 2021 09:00 to 11:30
    Webinar
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered, Incorporated or EngTech member, we are now offering free online events and support. This workshop has been designed to help you get started with your application form.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    27 September 2021 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    New railway division chairman James Collinson gives his chairman’s address entitled “Dots and Boxes: What it can teach railway engineers and organisations”.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    28 September 2021 12:00 to 13:00
    Webex meeting - N/A
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For apprentices and students who are actively seeking to become an affiliate member. We are now offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    29 September 2021 10:00 to 11:00
    Webinar
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become a Fellow of the Institution, we are now offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 October 2021 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    Malcolm Simpson of Transport for London will present his view of the history of the London Underground system.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 October 2021 19:00 to 20:15
    Webinar
    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents. Its work includes conducting thorough, independent, impartial and timely investigations, producing reports that explain the circumstances and causes of accidents and serious incidents. Six teams of inspectors carry out this work. Our speaker, a senior AAIB member, will talk about the work of the AAIB and how it goes about that work. He will support this with case studies.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 November 2021 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    GBRf Engineering Strategy Director Bob Tiller explains the re-engineering of a 1970’s class 56 locomotive to modern standards.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    06 December 2021 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    Dr Greg Morse of RSSB gives an entertaining and comprehensive insight into how previous incidents have shaped today’s railway.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    05 January 2022 17:15 to 19:30
    *TBC
    How the inspection of track and overhead line equipment can be achieved from service trains is explained by Jason Saxon (Director Asset Information Systems - NR) and David Eveleigh (GWR).
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    02 February 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    Dr Jonathan Aylen, immediate past-president of the Newcomen Society, talks about the origins of the TOPS traffic management system in America being born from cold war defence computing.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    02 March 2022 16:00 to 19:00
    University of West of England - Bristol
    Railway industry employers’ careers fayre followed by Simon Lawson - Taylor Airey and John Batty - GWR speaking about the reconfiguration and installation of ETCS onto class 387 EMUs. From project initiation to daily operation, the talk will cover various aspects and challenges including design, authorisation and service introduction. Explaining the experience gained and the lessons learned for future ETCS rollout.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    28 March 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    Aspiring engineers describe the technical challenges they have addressed in a presentation competition with monetary prizes and the chance to progress to the national final at Birdcage Walk. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    25 April 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    AGM of Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation by Project Engineer from Siemens introducing the design challenges and technological innovations associated with London’s new deep tube stock.
    Industry: Railway
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