Past Events

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  • Event Type: Talk
    30 January 2013 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Becoming a Fellow.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social Event
    23 January 2013 19:00 to 22:00
    Tikka Flame - Bristol
    Come along and celebrate a successful year. Meet some like minded engineers for a bit of networking and fun over a curry! There will also be a short talk from a record breaker who cycled round the world! Please book in advance for this event as there are limited places.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    23 January 2013 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Open to all. Non-members welcome. Talk will start at 19:30.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    16 January 2013 16:30 to 19:00
    Honda UK Manufacturing (Swindon) - Swindon
    This is an IMechE members only event. Booking is required.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 January 2013 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    State of the art lectures on engineering solutions for giving advice to drivers to assist them to drive efficiency - given from two contrasting railway viewpoints of intercity operations and urban metro.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    01 January 2013 00:00 to 00:00
    *TBC
    Visit TBC
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    10 December 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Our annual Family Evening this year is a presentation by Dave Saunders on that most controversial of characters from railway history, Dr Richard Beeching. The 'Beeching Report' was published on 27th March 1963. The Beeching proposed wholesale route closures in an attempt to concentrate resources on the core routes. Was he wrong, or right? Was he led or misguided or a farsighted thinker? See if you agree with Dave's thoughts.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    08 December 2012 11:00 to 16:00
    Museum of the Great Western Railway - Swindon
    Visit to STEAM Museum with short talk, "Preserving the Great Western Railway - relevance for future railway development" , and free access to the museum
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    05 December 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Atkins - Almondsbury - Bristol
    National Grid: The future energy challenge! - How will we connect up to the new, renewable power sources?
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Talk
    04 December 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    Room 8W 2.1 - Bath
    Researchers at the University of Warwick have unveiled the "World's First Vegetarian Formula 3 racing car" which is powered by chocolate, steered by carrots, has bodywork made from potatoes ...and can still do 125mph around corners.
    Industry: Food engineering
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 November 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    An insightful lecture into the current research engine downsizing at the University of Bath.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    28 November 2012 18:15 to 19:30
    University of the West of England - Bristol
    Join us for an overview of the newest developments in the tidal energy industry! The location has now been confirmed as: UWE Room 2Q49, Q Block, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    21 November 2012 14:00 to 17:00
    Land Training Fleet - Warminster
    This is a technical visit to The Land Training Fleet (Warminster), whose mission is to direct the process and procedures for the management and material accounting of the operational training equipment in order to maximise availability.
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    15 November 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    The talk will summarise the background and significance of the programme, and then focus on the restoration project itself. In particular, various problems and issues encountered will be highlighted, together with how they were overcome, leading to the spectacular first test flight on 18th October 2007.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk
    14 November 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Open to all. Non-members welcome. Talk will start at 19:30.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    13 November 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    St Joseph's Catholic College - Swindon
    CORAC has been developing small, oil-free, very high speed and high power density turbo compressors for raw gas duties since 2002.
    Industry: Coal / Oil / Gas
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    06 November 2012 19:30 to 21:30
    Room 5W 2.3 - Bath
    The lecture will describe ideas and research activities in the areas of ceramics, bioactive coatings, biodegradable composites and explore the prospects for a new generation of orthopaedic biomaterials.
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Debate
    05 November 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Three very senior speakers from a train operating company, infrastructure manager and academia present their views and then debate the subject with the audience under the chairmanship of Andrew Chivers, Managing Director, National Express Trains.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    01 November 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Clifton Rocks Railway - Bristol
    The IMechE Bath and Bristol Area Committee has organized a tour of this attraction for IMechE members. Following this 2-hour tour we plan to meet for a small social event in the Mall Pub in Clifton Village. Due to limited availability PRE BOOKING for the tour Is required.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 October 2012 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    In this lecture, Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal (ASTRAEA Project Director) will describe the challenges and successes of the ASTRAEA programme and discuss the potential for the UAS industry in the UK.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 October 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    Double lecture covering the latest techincal innovations from an industry striving to push the boundaries of engine development.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    24 October 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    A presentation of some of the engineering challenges on Phase 1 and the proposals and solutions to restore the canal to full navigation. Open to all. Non-members welcome. Talk will start at 19:30.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    15 October 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    The Railway Division's chairman's address on interfaces and interactions in the railway industry.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    09 October 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Small Lecture Theatre Rm 1.15 - Bristol University - Bristol
    Energy generation from biomass: challenges, opportunities and risk in the low carbon economy
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    07 October 2012 10:30 to 13:00
    Bitton Railway Station - Bristol
    Join us for a ride on the Avon Valley Railway on one of their restored steam trains, then a tour of the yard and locomotives, followed by a short talk on the workings of a steam train. Please book to reserve your seat on the train.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    30 September 2012 07:00 to 17:00
    Castle Combe Circuit - Chippenham
    Volunteers needed: Electric car build and racing for schools.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    17 September 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Lecture by the user and the manufacturer / maintainer of the Class 175 DMU and their engineering success in improving the fleet performance.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    15 September 2012 07:00 to 17:00
    RNAS Merryfield - Nr Ilminster
    Volunteers needed: Electric car build and racing for schools.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 September 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Sports engineering is a growing field within engineering with applications now reaching many high profile sports, especially those in the Olympics. This lecture aims to quantify the difference that engineering can make and has made in various Olympic sports, including cycling, swimming and tennis.
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    16 August 2012 18:30 to 21:00
    Avon Gorge Hotel - Bristol
    Spaces are very limited for the tour and places MUST be booked in advance. We will meet at the Avon gorge hotel where we will draw names out of the hat to see who goes on what tour.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    13 June 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Come along to the Bath and Bristol Young members committee meeting to find out more about what we do in the area and get involved in organising events for young engineers.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    22 May 2012 18:30 to 21:00
    Intel Corporation Ltd. - Swindon
    Based on the popular BBC Question Time programme, Engineers’ Question Time in Swindon gives attendees the opportunity to ask representatives from local government, education and industry, questions about science, engineering and technology in general and the future of engineering in particular. Attendees are encouraged to enter questions when registering or they can be asked on the night. A lively discussion is expected.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: AGM
    17 May 2012 18:30 to 22:00
    Zero Degrees - Bristol
    Come along and join in the fun!
    Industry: Food engineering
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    09 May 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Due to the AGM being moved to the 17th of May.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    26 April 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    Small Lecture Theatre Rm 1.15 - Bristol University - Bristol
    Whether you have a professional or educational interest, or if you simply enjoy British sporting success, find out more about the engineering behind sporting excellence at this entertaining and informative presentation.
    Industry: Research & development
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 April 2012 18:00 to 20:00
    Small Lecture Theatre Rm 1.15 - Bristol University - Bristol
    Monday 23rd April 2012, 18:00 for 18:30 start Queens Building, University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TS The event is FREE and open to all. No pre-booking required. Finger buffet and drinks after the event
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    23 April 2012 18:00 to 21:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 April 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    University of the West of England - Bristol
    This free evening lecture will be given by David Mitchell, Chief Programme Engineer on the Range Rover Evoque.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 April 2012 18:30 to 20:30
    Marsh Farm Hotel - Swindon - Swindon
    LECTURE “One planet; too many people?” by Dr. Tim Fox
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    18 April 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk
    16 April 2012 19:00 to 20:00
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    16 April 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    The Western region are looking to recruit new committee members for both the regional and young member panels. Come along to a meet and greet on Monday 16th April at 6.30pm for your chance to find out what is involved in a local group and how volunteering for your Institution means you can really give something back to the profession.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    16 April 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    11 April 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    26 March 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Debate
    22 March 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    Panal of industry luminaries will discuss motorsport technology and the wider automotive sector.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    21 March 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk
    21 March 2012 19:00 to 20:00
    This presentation will provide an overview of the challenges that have been overcome in the quest to commercialise this technology.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    21 March 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    Cranfield University (Shrivenham)
    The Defence Academy (http://www.da.mod.uk) is the UK's Defence higher education establishment, responsible for post-graduate education for members of the UK Armed Forces and MOD Civil Servants. Cranfield University (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/cds) is the academic partner at the Defence Academy in the fields of science, engineering, technology and management. The Defence Capability Centre is an exceptional facility that brings real military hardware such as armoured vehicles together with synth
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    14 March 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    07 March 2012 18:00 to 20:30
    Small Lecture Theatre Rm 1.15 - Bristol University - Bristol
    This Event has been postponed.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    03 March 2012 10:00 to 16:00
    AT- Bristol Science Centre - Bristol
    Please book workshop attendance at the address below as there are limited spaces available. Spaces will be given on a first come first served basis.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 February 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    Bath University - Bath
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 February 2012 18:15 to 20:15
    University of Bath
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    23 February 2012 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    The Communication in Engineering Competition is for undergraduates and recent graduates. Come and give a technical presentation on a topic of your choice with the chance of winning a top prize!
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    22 February 2012 19:00 to 20:00
    Industry: Aerospace materials and structures
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    15 February 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Delphi Diesel Systems - Gloucestershire
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    09 February 2012 18:30 to 20:00
    Small Lecture Theatre Rm 1.15 - Bristol University - Bristol
    One of our key goals as a Young Member’s Panel is to provide low cost training that counts towards professional development and CPD, which this course is.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    08 February 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    26 January 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    Univeristy of Bath - Bath
    The annual chairman's address will provide insight into whether the automobile can make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    23 January 2012 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Young Members present papers.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social Event
    12 January 2012 19:30 to 23:00
    Tikka Flame - Bristol
    Come along and celebrate a successful year. Meet some like minded engineers for a bit of networking and fun over a curry! Will be a short talk on how some students made a submarine.
    Industry: Lean & agile manufacturing
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    11 January 2012 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    11 January 2012 19:00 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    09 January 2012 18:00 to 20:00
    Strategic Maintenance Planning Ltd. - Swindon
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    12 December 2011 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    07 December 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Seminar
    05 December 2011 08:30 to 09 December 2011 17:00
    BAE Systems - Bristol
    TRIZ is a proven process for solving problems, generating new ideas and developing systems quciker, cheaper and more inventively than traditional methods.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    01 December 2011 19:30 to 21:30
    University of the West of England - Bristol
    This free evening lecture will be given by Matthew Welsh, head of development, on the exciting 2011 Morgan Three Wheeler.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    29 November 2011 18:00 to 19:00
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Annual Dinner
    25 November 2011 17:30 to 22:00
    ‘You don’t go into these projects with the consequences of failure in mind – it’s much more about the opportunity to achieve. And if it does something for the country in the process, then it is truly worthwhile.’ Entertain clients and celebrate your staff’s achievements by hearing from Richard Noble, Bloodhound project director, and taking a tour of the technical centre. Then join us for dinner on board the Victorian steamer SS Great Britain and have the chance to tour the ship. 17:30 -
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 November 2011 13:15 to 14:00
    2 East, Room 3.1 Bath BA2 7AY
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 November 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    09 November 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    08 November 2011 18:30 to 20:30
    There now exist complex chemical hydrides that store hydrogen with hydrogen concentrations that are well above 10 wt%. However, these materials have slow desorption kinetics and many release other chemicals such as ammonia or borazine which would poison a fuel cell. Many are also difficult to handle in that they degrade rapidly in air. These issues can be solved using nanotechnology. The coaxial electrospinning process is simple and industrially scalable. This technology can produce a relativel
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    31 October 2011 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    2011 Prestige Lecture: The Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter - Making High Speed Cost-Effective
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    20 October 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    University of the West of England - Bristol
    Overview of the development of the new Mclaren MP4-12C.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    19 October 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Industry: Reliability for engineering (SRG)
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    17 October 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    04 October 2011 19:00 to 20:30
    Western Region Panel Meeting. Penny Bosman, Volunteer Development Executive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers will be on hand to update members and answer questions
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    28 September 2011 19:00 to 21:30
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Measurement-while-drilling (MWD) systems employ instrumented drill collars and a downhole-to-surface data telemetry system to provide wellbore directional surveys, petrophysical well logs and drilling information in real time while drilling.
    Industry: Coal / Oil / Gas
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    28 September 2011 18:30 to 21:00
    How easy is it to get off our fossil fuel habit? How does our current energy consumption compare with our sustainable energy options? How can we make energy plans that add up? This talk will offer a straight-talking assessment of the numbers, and will present the DECC 2050 Pathways Calculator
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    21 September 2011 13:00 to 16:00
    Rutherford Laboratory - Shrivenham
    The Forensic group has recently had £1M investment into new analytical equipment, this tour will provide a flavour of the capabilities within the group.
    Industry: Research & development
  • Event Type: Talk
    20 September 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    Face down. Head first. 90mph. 5 G’s. And chin inches from the floor down a tunnel of ice…THAT’S SKELETON!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    14 September 2011 19:00 to 21:30
    EDF Energy
    We live in a universe perfectly suited to our existence, which is filled with galaxies, stars, planets and the molecular building blocks of life. On planet Earth, single celled life exists in rocks, ice and boiling water, suggesting that such life would be impossible to destroy before our Sun becomes a red-giant. Yet the universe seems to be silent, suggesting that technologically advanced life might be very rare. We will see how new planets are being found and how we might identify life. We wil
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 September 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Efficient railway engineering can significantly improve the bottom line of a railway business. This requires sound railway business management connected with well developed engineers. Drawing from experience with a wide range of railway businesses and projects, this address will demonstrate the value of connecting engineering decisions with the joined-up management of rail revenue and cost. It will also address the importance of opportunities for professional development of railway engineers
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    20 July 2011 14:00 to 16:00
    BAWA - Bristol - Bristol
    This workshop is for: - Recent BEng graduates who wish to apply for CEng registration - Recent HNC or Foundation Degree students who wish to apply for IEng registration - Mentors and Line Managers who manage graduates and develop progression routes - Post Graduate University teaching staff and course leaders who wish to understand the demand for individual Masters modules - Anyone interested in gaining an understanding of UK-SPEC academic benchmark requirements The session will begin at 2
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    20 July 2011 10:30 to 14:00
    BAWA - Bristol - Bristol
    This workshop is for new and experienced Professional Review Interviewers, Industrial Advisors and anyone interested in volunteering as a Professional Review Interviewer. The session will begin at 10:30am with registration from 10:00am. The session concludes with lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Attendees will be given updates on the assessment process and real case studies will be discussed. Attendees will be encouraged to share their assessment experiences. The workshop is free to attend.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: AGM
    06 June 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    The AGM for the Western Region will this year include a presentation to members in the Region who have achieved Corporate Membership (C.Eng) or F.Eng status. Alan King from the IMechE will also present on further career development.
    Industry: Management
  • Event Type: Social Event
    20 May 2011 19:00 to 22:00
    Clevedon Court
    Home to the lords of the manor of Clevedon for centuries, the core of the house is a remarkable survival from the medieval period. The house was purchased by Abraham Elton in 1709 and it is still the much-loved family home of his descendants today. Note: the Elton family opens and manages the property for the National Trust. Source http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-clevedoncourt.htm
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    19 May 2011 19:30 to 20:30
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    After decades of failed mitigation, geo-engineering may give us those extra few years to transition to a low carbon world and prevent any one of the future climate change scenarios we all fear.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    10 May 2011 18:30 to 20:30
    St Joseph's Catholic College - Swindon
    LECTURE “Driverless Vehicle Technology” Joint lecture with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 April 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    The subject for this lecture is the re-construction and introduction of passenger services on the East London Line (ELL). London Underground's former ELL has been completely rebuilt and re-equipped to national rail standards, such that it is effectively a new railway. The first stage opened to the public in April 2010, the second stage to Highbury & Islington opened in February 2011 and the final stage to Clapham Junction via Surrey Quays will open in 2012.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Debate
    24 March 2011 18:30 to 19:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    A debate between the some of the industry's biggest hitters, considering the future for premier and 'halo' vehicles in a carbon-conscious market. Event will start with refreshments at 6:30pm. Attendees are asked to register in advance - www.imeche.org/events/L195
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    21 March 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    16 March 2011 18:30 to 20:30
    Conservative Club
    INFORMAL GATHERING to explore the mechanics of working within the IMechE Swindon area committee. and how it could assist with your IMechE ambitions followed by a Nomination Meeting
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    15 March 2011 19:00 to 20:30
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    08 March 2011 18:30 to 21:00
    Room 5W 2.3 - Bath
    The construction of the venues at the Olympic Park in Stratford East London is reaching a climax. There have now been four intensive years of civil engineering and building work to transform the 640-hectare brownfield site into a stunning centre for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and then ready for transformation into a beautiful park and place to live in legacy. The challenges - engineering (of all disciplines), logistical and project management - have been immense ut the stage will s
    Industry: Management
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    22 February 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    The International Submarine Races are an event held every other year, and pit nearly 30 teams of enthusiasts against the clock in a 100m drag race at the David Taylor Model Basin, a US Navy testing facility near Washington DC. Four categories of boats are run at the races: one- and two-man, propeller or non-propeller. The University of Bath's involvement began in 2004 with a concept single-person non-prop boat. This talk will introduce the concept of submarine racing, describe the Bath Universi
    Industry: Research & development
  • Event Type: Debate
    21 February 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    17 February 2011 10:00 to 11:30
    Hills Waste Solutions Ltd.
    An excellent opportunity to visit Hills Waste Solutions Ltd. Waste Management Facility at their Lower Compton Site. Here you will see recycling of materials collected via their Kerbside collection team in Wiltshire, treatment for wood recycling, composting and water treatment. The tour will end with a view of the Landfill, which is required to manage householders waste not presented for recycling. Please note the tour is limited to 20 persons and places will be allocated on a strictly
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    02 February 2011 19:00 to 20:30
    Atkins - Almondsbury - Bristol
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    01 February 2011 18:30 to 21:00
    Atkins - Almondsbury - Bristol
    If you missed our Christmas lecture, the ICE has invited us to join them. The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) is one of the most exciting and dynamic engineering challenges going on today. Some of the key challenges will be explored in this lecture by Mark Chapman. This Bloodhound project aims to reach out to young people to encourage them to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and maths and is an excellent opportunity to enthuse them about engineering. Come along to find out mor
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    27 January 2011 19:00 to 20:30
    Univeristy of Bath - Bath
    Jamie Turner from Lotus will speak on their Omnivore engine, a next-generation automotive 2-Stroke Engine with variable compression ratio, Variable Charge Trapping and Direct Fuel Injection. This is a free lecture and no booking is required, please arrive by 7pm at: Room 5 West 2.4 (Pharmacy Building) University of Bath BA2 7AY
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 January 2011 19:00 to 21:00
    Houses of the future are to be 'zero carbon'. The presentation details the design, development, manufacture and testing of an innovative low carbon house. 'BaleHaus', built on campus at the University of Bath, uses prefabricated straw bale panels. The panels are designed to be load bearing and suitable for housing up to 3 stories high. The panels are manufactured in local 'flying factories' set up close to the building site. Prefabrication improves quality and reduces site construction times. Bu
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    17 January 2011 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Three young members will present their papers: Tahir Mehmood from FGW with: "Night Riviera Parking Brake Renewal - A Simple Engineering Challenge?" Rhalina Sayers from Invensys Rail with: "The Next Giant Leap" Simon Bailey from Network Rail with: "Innovation in Overhead Line Equipment Installation". The winner will receive a prize of £150 and will be recommended for a place in the national YM papers final later in the year.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    16 January 2011 19:00 to 17 January 2011 20:45
    Room 1E 2.4 - Bath
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 January 2011 18:30 to 20:30
    Swindon College - SN2 1DY
    A presentation hosted by Simon Tansey - Royal Mail Engineering on ‘Postal Automation’ and conducted in conjunction with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). About this event The trial packet and bulk mail processing system being used at Royal Mail's South West Distribution Centre handles packets, bundles, trays and bags of mail. The talk will describe how the system functions and the problems encountered when processing a variety of products simultaneously.
    Industry: Machine systems informatics & control
  • Event Type: Talk
    13 December 2010 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    A presentation describing the destinations and travelling experiences provided by the Great Railway Journeys company. An evening for members, partners and friends to enjoy followed by a buffet, all in the superb surroundings of Swindon's Steam museum.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    03 December 2010 17:30 to 20:00
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 November 2010 18:30 to 21:00
    HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being assembled in Rosyth from units constructed in 6 UK shipyards u the UK supply chain. Designing, building and operating these flagships requires the combined effort of thousands of naval architectsmarine, mechanical, electrical, computer and systems engineers and logisticians. H ow this is all being achieved will be described by the speaker.
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    22 November 2010 19:30 to 20:45
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Presented by David Golding, Programme Sponsor (Electrification), Network Rail This lecture will cover: The business case and environmental case for a rolling programme of main line railway electrification, in general and as applied to specific routes including in the North-West of England, the Midland main Line and the Great Western Main Line. Developments in electrification technology and the work being undertaken to reduce the unit costs of construction. Detailed design and constru
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Careers Event
    22 November 2010 17:30 to 22:00
    Claverton Rooms
    Railways are a growth industry, in Britain and worldwide. Investment in major rail infrastructure projects has been protected in the UK Government’s recent spending review. This event will demonstrate the wide range of opportunities for secure and rewarding careers, for engineers of all disciplines. These employers represent many of the leading employers of graduate mechanical, electrical and civil engineers in the rail industry in Britain. They include: • Network Rail, the nation
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    03 November 2010 14:00 to 16:00
    BAWA - Bristol - Bristol
    This workshop is for: - Recent BEng graduates who wish to apply for CEng registration - Recent HNC or Foundation Degree students who wish to apply for IEng registration - Mentors and Line Managers who manage graduates and develop progression routes - Post Graduate University teaching staff and course leaders who wish to understand the demand for individual Masters modules - Anyone interested in gaining an understanding of UK-SPEC academic benchmark requirements The session will begin at 2
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    03 November 2010 11:00 to 13:00
    BAWA - Bristol - Bristol
    This workshop is for new and experienced Professional Review Interviewers, Industrial Advisors and anyone interested in volunteering as a Professional Review Interviewer. The session will begin at 11:00am with registration from 10:30am. The session concludes with lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Attendees will be given updates on the assessment process and real case studies will be discussed. Attendees will be encouraged to share their assessment experiences. The workshop is free to attend.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    01 November 2010 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Richard Varvill is a co-founder and Technical Director of Reaction Engines Ltd, developing the Sabre hybrid rocket engine and the Skylon spaceplane. He previously worked in the Advanced Projects department at Rolls-Royce, notably on the HOTOL RB545 engine. Currently there is a great deal of European interest in more affordable space access. Skylon offers the prospect of the UK leading the way for the next generation of Space Launch Systems. Richard will give an insight into the key technol
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    27 October 2010 11:00 to 13:00
    Kemble Air Services Ltd.
    With ASI being an approved specialised aircraft decommissioning and recovery company this is an excellent opportunity for members to see how such work is undertaken at Cotswold Airport. Note: Spaces are very limited and reserved on a first come first serve basis. Transport will be provided from Swindon at 10.15hrs.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 October 2010 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    The UK rail industry is currently rolling out a new secure communications system to the UK rail network. GSM-R forms the voice element of this network and will deliver an inter-operable replacement for both NRN and CSR. The presentation will review the history of the GSM-R project to date, from the initial system development through the Strathclyde trial to the current national roll out of the GSM-R network and equipped rolling stock.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    28 September 2010 08:30 to 17:00
    BAWA - Bristol - Bristol
    In an increasingly competitive business environment, innovation is fundamental to engineering success and there is a growing need for companies to make low-risk, highly effective changes to their products and systems. TRIZ is a proven process for solving problems, generating new ideas and developing systems more quickly, cheaply and inventively than traditional methods. The TRIZ thinking tools are a rigorous and systematic approach for understanding and solving any problem; its principal tool
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    27 September 2010 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    This year's address will focus on identifying the positives out of a slow economy, and making the most of existing assets. The economy is struggling; the supply chain uncertain and some assets could remain in service much longer than some had anticipated. Energy and commodity pricing is increasing, and globalisation has resulted in some surprising effects. This presents opportunities and challenges that industry professionals and particularly engineers can influence to good effect.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    20 September 2010 19:15 to 21:00
    Lecture Theatre 1N05 - Bristol
    Western Joint Branch A Joint Branch of the RINA and the IMarEST The Royal Navy is the world leader in the electric propulsion of its warships and this lecture will provide an insight into the rationale underpinning this situation. Briefly describing some of the earliest Naval electric propulsion systems, the author will move rapidly to the present day explaining how the advent of modern power lectronics and electrical systems has enabled the adoption of this concept in a variety of Naval an
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    08 September 2010 13:00 to 16:00
    Science Museum Library Swindon - SWINDON
    Afternoon visit to the Science Museum Library ar Wroughton and Tour of Hangar D4 (Part of the Science Museum's Large Objects store) For information on what is in hangar D4 use the following link http://www.petergoodearl.co.uk/laceygreen/days/wroughton/hangard4/index.htm For updates on all Science Museum news and events sign up to their free e-newsletter at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    27 June 2010 08:00 to 17:00
    Castle Combe Circuit - Chippenham
    Greenpower Electric Car Racing for Schools Western Region Heat
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Social Event
    21 May 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Marsh Farm Hotel - Swindon - Swindon
    Grape to glass. A talk on wine followed by buffet supper.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    18 May 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 April 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 April 2010 19:00 to 22:00
    University of Bath
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    27 April 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Award Presentation
    19 April 2010 18:30 to 21:00
    Hawthorns, University of Bristol
    IMechE Western Aerospace Centre 2010 Prize Evening
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: AGM
    14 April 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    RWE Npower - SWINDON
    "Routes to Professional Registration and Beyond" An evening for anyone working professionally in Mechanical Engineering, who is considering applying for MIMechE and CEng status.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 April 2010 16:45 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    A lecture by Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer, High Speed Two Limited. High Speed Rail has been developed successfully in Europe and Asia to enable a step change in journey times and reliability over conventional rail and provide a genuine alternative to short haul air and long distance motorway modes. The technology is becoming standardised - but how it is used depends on the nature, size and economic needs of each country in question. It is these questions that HS2 was set up b
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    18 March 2010 19:00 to 21:30
    University of Bath
    Formula One is famous for a high-technology product developed at break-neck speed and applied in one of the most competitive markets that exists. Having worked in this demanding environment for over 17 years and with more than 10 years experience as either Chief Engineer or Technical Director, Jon will draw out a number of key lessons that can be learnt from how this is done. Now running his own engineering business developing fly-wheel based automotive hybrid technology Jon will show how F1 tec
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    17 March 2010 18:30 to 20:30
    RWE Npower - SWINDON
    Nomination Meeting and talk "Geo-engineering and Adaptation - Components in an integrated engineering response to climate change?"
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    15 March 2010 16:45 to 19:00
    The Great Western Hotel,
    Ross Bradley, Head of Innovation at Knorr-Bremse and Sanjay Albert, also from Knorr-Bremse, will present a paper on the latest innovations in freight wagon wheel damage protection technology. The four parts of this topic will be: Market drivers for the innovation. Details of the innovative technology. Barriers encountered in the development and certification process. Outline of how barriers are being overcome.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 March 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk
    09 March 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    The South West of England has had a rich heritage in aviation over the last 100 years. Starting in 1910 with the first flight of the Sir George White Box-kite, through to the imperious Concorde and latterly to the largest commercial aircraft ever built, the Airbus A380. Neil will review this glorious heritage and look at the famous aircraft, people and companies involved in the Aviation world, interlaced with anecdotes and stories which make the world of aviation so interesting.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    03 March 2010 09:30 to 16:15
    Existing e-MPDS mentors are recommended to attend one of these regional seminars to develop their awareness reinforce their understanding of the role and update their mentoring skills. Companies who would like to become accredited will receive all the practical guidance necessary for achieving accreditation. The seminars are a great networking event for mentors, HR and training staff alike, providing an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas and to develop best practice. The syn
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 February 2010 19:00 to 22:00
    University of Bath
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    17 February 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    An evening for anyone working professionally in Mechanical Engineering, who is considering applying for MIMechE and CEng status. Alan King, Regional Manager, will give a talk on the membership process, options and advice on individual cases.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    17 February 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Swindon Mail Centre
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    10 February 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Talk
    12 January 2010 19:00 to 21:00
    Halcrow
    Joint meeting with IET Swindon Branch
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 January 2010 16:45 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    An evening of papers presented by some of our young members. Further details will be given nearer the date.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 December 2009 16:45 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    David Kent, President of the Welsh Highland Railway, will present a slide show illustrating the challenges faced and solutions created in the rebuilding of this 2 foot gauge line through a National Park forest, a tourist village, an iconic river gorge and then out over a reclaimed river estuary. All this on an alignment designed (sort of) in 1922 to get the train down from the summit of the line at over 650 feet in the shortest distance, then race for Porthmadog to connect end on with the Festin
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    02 December 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk
    02 December 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    The lecture will provide an overview of this emerging market, describing the drivers, technologies, and the challenges faced. The lecturer will describe his experiences in the development, industrialization, and implementation of a key technology within this market – namely a novel pyrolysis / gasification system.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Annual Dinner
    27 November 2009 18:30 to 23:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Full details of this event will be found on the poster which is attached.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 November 2009 18:30 to 19:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Lecture to be given by Ashley Kells, Intelligent Energy
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    18 November 2009 10:00 to 15:00
    Wadworth Brewery Visitors Centre - Devizes, Wiltshire
    Transport provided, members pay for tour visit and lunch (£14) Register by 4th November
    Industry: Food engineering
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    16 November 2009 16:45 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    The new Class 172 Turbostar enters service next year and only 18% of it is the same as previous builds. The design seeks to offer more performance while enhancing rail's green credentials, which has meant some radical changes. Porterbrook's other "green" venture, the Parry People Mover, is now in service, surely the most energy efficient vehicle on the UK railway. But should we be building DMU's at all with electrification back on the agenda? Ian Walmsley, Porterbrook's Engineering Developmen
    Industry: Railway
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