Past Events

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  • 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
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    03 November 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Engineers’ House - Bristol
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    22 October 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    University of Bath
    Lecture to be given by Martin Dowson, Jaguar Land Rover
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    21 October 2009 13:45 to 17:00
    Seabank Power Station
    Register by 7th October
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    20 October 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 October 2009 16:45 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Richard George will outline the planning for what has been described as "the largest and most complex transport undertaking ever undertaken in peacetime"...the transport of spectators and the olympic workforce to and from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He will describe how rail will be the dominant transport mode and how all other modes of public transport will play essential and complementary roles. The progress with the delivery of the required additional public transport capa
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 October 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 October 2009 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Professor Brian White will discuss Autonomous Military Aerial Vehicles - Today's Technology and Tomorrow's Prospects. Meet at 6.30pm for 7pm start, finger buffet to follow.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk
    07 October 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    UWE University of the West of England - Bristol
    Come and hear the story of the development and launch of this revolutionary electric bike – a recent British success and in the top 5 at the Gadget Show Live 2009. The launch of Gocycle, a revolutionary, lightweight electric two-wheeler designed to shake up the urban cycling industry with its sleek design and pioneering technology. Gocycle has been developed with city professionals and their families in mind. Not only can you pedal Gocycle as well as the best-engineered bicycle, but you can
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Talk
    30 September 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Presented by Lilly Haines and Paul Guerrier, Oxford Creativity TRIZ is the science of creativity derived from all scientific and engineering solutions. TRIZ is a problem solving toolkit and the principal TRIZ tools direct us to find all the ways of solving a problem, to find new concepts and the routes for developing new products. There are also tools for problem understanding, for system analysis and for understanding what we want.
    Industry: TRIZ
  • Event Type: Seminar
    23 September 2009 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
    23 September 2009 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: Presidential Visit
    21 September 2009 16:45 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    The RD Chairman, Professor Roger Goodall, will deliver his chairman's address: "Bridging The Gap - Industry & Academia".
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    20 September 2009 12:00 to 31 December 2009 12:00
    This is not actually a notice of an event! It is an interim way of making the Regional programme card available via the website. Click on this "event" for further details, then you will be able to bring the card up with one further click.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    13 September 2009 08:00 to 17:30
    Schools build and race their own designs of electric car within the rules to obtain maximum distance within a fixed time and battery resource. Members are invited to be scruitineers and marshalls on the day
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Social Event
    29 May 2009 19:00 to 22:30
    Marsh Farm Hotel - Swindon - Swindon
    Social Evening: Titanic - The Dream and Nightmare Legacy. A talk presented by Alan Aldridge followed by buffet supper
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    30 April 2009 18:30 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    A topical talk which will probably raise as many questions as solutions. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Award Presentation
    20 April 2009 18:30 to 21:00
    Hawthornes, University of Bristol
    You are invited to join this interesting and entertaining event, where the finalists in the WAC Prize Competition will be delivering their presentations in front of a panel of engineering directors from some of the region’s leading Aerospace organisations. This year a record number of high calibre entries were received for the competition, the initial round of selection has been completed and the four finalists have been shortlisted.  They include young engineers from Rolls-Royce, AgustaWestl
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    18 March 2009 18:00 to 20:00
    Marsh Farm Hotel - Swindon - Swindon
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    18 March 2009 12:56 to 19 March 2009 11:56
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    16 March 2009 16:45 to 19:00
    UTC Swindon
    Three young engineers from FGW will present papers on: Condition monitoring in the rail industry. A woman's perspective on engineering in the rail industry. DMU reliability improvements.
    Industry: Railway
  • AIRBUS A380 LANDING GEAR VISIT    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Technical Visit
    11 March 2009 14:00 to 15:00
    This is a rare opportunity to view the A380 Landing Gear Test Rig. This fully size facility is used to life test the system, equipments, modification packages and failure modes. It’s a fascinating visit.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    04 March 2009 09:30 to 16:15
    Bring you up-to-date with the latest: - Membership requirements - The different classes of membership - Competence standards of EC UK-SPEC - On-line use of e-MPDS - CPD Existing mentors are recommended to attend one of these regional seminars to develop their awareness of the Scheme, 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 accreditat
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    27 February 2009 14:00 to 16:00
    Appledore Shipyard - Bideford; Devon
    A chance to view Appledore shipyard who are involved in steelwork construction for the Yachts built at Devonport and will be planning to buid sections of the new Aircraft Carriers for the Navy.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    18 February 2009 16:30 to 21:00
    *TBC
    Visit to Constellation Europe
    Industry: Food engineering
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 January 2009 19:30 to 21:30
    University of Bath
    If the pundits are to be believed, something approaching 10% of the world's population watches each Formula 1 race. Beneath its glamorous surface the sport has evolved into something approaching "technological warfare". Each team is required to design and build its own unique vehicle within a stringent set of regulations laid down by the Sport’s governing body. The difference in performance of the cars competing in the series is within 1.5 seconds in a typical lap of 75-90 seconds i.e. less
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk
    13 January 2009 19:00 to 21:00
    The Bristol-based company, Cameron Balloons Ltd, is the World’s largest manufacturer of hot air balloons. Don Cameron, the founder, will give an illustrated talk about the history of hot air balloons and their manufacture.
    Industry: Manufacturing
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