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Reports and Write-ups of Past Events

Technical Visit to Rolls-Royce, 7th February 2017

20 members of the IMechE joined the Technical Visit to Rolls-Royce manufacturing facilities at Seletar. The group was able to see the manufacturing facility for the wide chord fan blade, the assembly line and the communications centre. It was a fascinating visit and for the younger members present it was a tremendous opportunity to see a first class manufacturing facility up close.

Our sincere thanks to Rolls Royce and all the staff who guided us around.

Speak Out For Engineer (SOFE) 2017 - Singapore Local Heat, 5th February 2017

The Singapore heat of the 2017 SOFE was held at National University of Singapore on the 5th February 2017. There were 5 contestants, Ms Lee Ling Min on "Design, Analysis and Optimization of 3D Scaffold Structures and Properties", Mr Mei Han Yu on "B.O.P-The tap for a well reservoir", Mr Png Yeow Wei Kevan on "The engineer inside", Mr Tan He Jiang "Future of Manufacturing and High Volume Metal Additive Manufacturing" and Mr Heng Kun Qiang Amos on "Data Analytics as a diagnostic tool for monitoring movement". Judging were Mr Clive Ford and Mr Kogi Oberoi. These were 5 excellent presentation and it was a tough to separate the presentations as they were all commendable in their own way. Nonetheless the judges job is to make this tough decision and Mr Tan He Jian is this year's winner and Mr Amos Heng our Runner-Up. They will be representing Singapore at the Regional SOFE, which is normally held in October within South East Asia.

Congratulations to all the SOFE Contestants for the high standard of their presentations and well done for their enthusiastic participation in this event.

Annual General Meeting - 17th March 2017

The Singapore Branch AGM was held at the Tanglin Club on the 17th March 2017. There were 47 members present. The Chairman presented the branch report and the Treasurer presented the financial statement for the 2016 calendar year. There being no contended positions, the 2017 committee was elected by the members present. The Branch Report and Minutes of the Meeting will be available for reference from the "Minutes of Meetings" page in due course.
From Left to Right: Chia Chun Wah (Secretary), Ivan CK Tam (Committee Member), John Heng (Outgoing Treasurer), Kumaresan Thyagarajan (Asst. Hon. Secretary), Xiangnan CHU (Committee Member), Song Hau Lim (Committee Member), Yeap Boon Hooi, Ken (Chairman), Clive Ford (Vice Chairman), John Sears (Committee Member) and, not in the photo, Christopher Poczka (Committee Member / PRI Coordinator), Alex Stergiou (Young Members Rep) and Cheah Kean Wee (Treasurer)

Additive Manufacturing, Risk and Safe Adoption - 7th March 2017

David Hardacre of Lloyd's Register presented an enthralling introduction to some of the challenges that will be faced with the increasing use of parts produced using Additive Manufacturing and particularly as they start to be used in industries outside of their current core domains in Aerospace and Healthcare, which have rigorous quality procedures already in place.

David also provided a good overview of motivation behind the Joint ISO/ASTM standards related and those which Lloyd's Register has participated in closely, especially where related to risk and safety and likely to be relevant to the marine and offshore industry.

There was a lively discussion following the talk, with many comments and additional insights coming from local experts and industry specialists amongst the audience.

Technical Visit to the Singapore Sports Science Institute - 17th February 2017

A group of nine members of the local branch were treated to a tour of the Sports Science Institute, part of Sport Singapore at the Sports Hub. The tour included visits to the nutrition lab, indoor coaching facilities, and the sports science institute facilities themselves. Here the team are working with many of Singapore's leading athletes to help them improve their performance. A lot of the engineering here involves systems to measure the athletes performance and provide them with information that allows them to work on the right areas that will increase the results. The Institution thanks Dr Marcus Lee for his time to take the group around and Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief of the Singapore Sports Institute.

President Jon Hilton presenting the George Stephenson Lecture at NUS on the 9th February 2017

In his keynote lecture “Engineering Your Own Future”, Jon Hilton CEng FIMechE, 2016 President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, highlighted his sources of inspiration, the reasons behind his career choices and some of the insights he learnt along the way. Jon reflected on his 15 successful years working in the motorsport industry and said that for him this was an opportunity to play with someone else’s multimillion-pound Meccano set. He recalls how his life has been touched by great engineers and entrepreneurs and puts a spotlight on mentoring. He states his desire for more engineers to get involved in mentoring, including through the IMechE’s Independent Mentor Service (IMS), both as mentors and mentees. He also encourages every engineer to have a mentor and at least one mentee. Finally alluding to his own experience with entrepreneurs such as Tom Walkinshaw and Flavio Briatore in Formula 1 he reminds professional engineers of how well-placed they are to take up this crucial role.

Jointly organised by NUS Mechanical and Aerospace Department and the Singapore Branch this talk attracted over 100 attendees including members, students and staff from NUS and NTU and guests from IMarEST, IES and other organisations. We were also glad to welcome a group of visiting students from the University of Chonqing.

Meeting and Technical Talk: "Product development the Dyson way" - Wednesday 7th December 2016

Mr John Wallace of Dyson Singapore gave a fascinating "sell-out" talk to members on some of the engineering and design challenges faced by the team charged with producing the new Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. Members were impressed by the effort Dyson's engineers made to understand the fundamental causes of noise from a system level and the appropriate use of modelling and testing to achieve market leading acoustic performance. The meeting was held at the Tanglin Club and a Christmas buffet followed on from the talk.

Visit to Singapore MPA POCC on Friday 21st October 2016

Singapore Branch members were welcomed to Singapore's POCC (Port Operations Control Centre) by MPA. With over 30% of the world's trade passing through the Straits of Singapore, ensuring safe passage for marine traffic and movement into and out of Singapore's ports is no mean feat. The IMechE branch members attending were given a fascinating introduction to the role of the POCC and the complex task of managing 100,000 ship movements per year.

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