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  Bloodhound SSC at Stormont

21 October 2014

On Tuesday 21 October, the Institution took the Bloodhound Supsersonic Car to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

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  Old Furnace Engingineering Heritage Award

10 October 2014

Coverage of the 100th Engineering Heritage Award, presented to The Old Furnace in Shrophire

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  G-Lynx Engineering Heritage Award

25 September 2014

G-Lynx Engineering Heritage Award

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Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway Heritage Award

18 September 2014

Media coverage of the Institution's Engineering Heritage Award to the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

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Dr Helen Meese on LBC Radio talking about hot London buses

06 August 2014

The Institution's Dr Helen Meese talking about hot London buses.

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Peter Finegold on BBC Radio Scotland talking about women in engineering.

06 August 2014

The Institution's Peter Finegold speaks on BBC Radio Scotland talking about women in engineering.

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Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare

27 July 2014

Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare

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Railway Challenge 2014

28 June 2014

Railway Challenge 2014

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Formula Student at MIRA - BBC Radio Warwickshire

16 June 2014

Coverage of Formula Student's Learn to Win event at MIRA.

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Science in Action - Radio 4

07 June 2014

Dr Colin Brown appears on Radio 4's Science in Action to discuss a new scheme which aims to turn ordinary household waste into jet fuel.

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Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer Engineering Heritage Award

20 May 2014

The Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer in Devon receives an Engineering Heritage Award.

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Concorde Engineering Heritage Award

01 May 2014

Concorde Engineering Heritage Award

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Population growth in cities - BBC World Service

13 April 2014

Population growth in cities - BBC World Service

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Energy Storage Report

10 April 2014

Energy Storage Report

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IPCC report on climate change - March 2014

31 March 2014

IPCC report on climate change

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Institution on BBC Look East

20 March 2014

Institution's Head of Education Peter Finegold appears on BBC Look East to discuss UK apprenticeship levels.

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Malaysian Airlines disaster

13 March 2014

The Institution's Director of Engineering, Dr Colin Brown, discusses the possible causes of the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Sky News.

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Alex Salmond MSP on Scottish independence

04 March 2014

Alex Salmond MSP references the Instition while delivering a speech on Scottish independence for the New Statesman, which took place at our Westminster headquarters.

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Formula Student 2014

19 February 2014

Media coverage of Formula Student 2014, which takes place at Silverstone on July 9-13.

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Rail infrastructure in Kent

12 February 2014

Philippa Oldham appears on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast show to discuss the issues facing rail users in Kent, and how engineering could help the situation.

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Institution on BBC HARDtalk

22 January 2014

The results of the Institution's recent poll on shale gas and fracking are put to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey on BBC HARDtalk

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UK Winter Storms/Flooding 2014

03 January 2014

Storm transport problems

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Papplewick Pumping Station Heritage Award

21 December 2013

Papplewick Pumping Station, in Nottinghamshire, received an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution on Saturday 21 December

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Little Willie - Engineering Heritage Award

13 December 2013

The world's first tank - Little Willie - has received an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The award was presented at The Tank Museum, in Bovington, on Friday 13 December.

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Institution on Sky News

04 December 2013

Institution on Sky News

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HS2 on BBC 5Live

26 November 2013

HS2 on BBC 5Live

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Electricity storage

21 November 2013

Electricity storage

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Natural Disasters report

08 November 2013

Natural Disasters report

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HS2 debate on Sky News

29 October 2013

HS2 debate on Sky News

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Reaction to UK storm damage - Sky News

28 October 2013

Institution's Dr Colin Brown appears on Boulton and Co on Sky News to discuss the damage caused to UK railways by Sunday's storms.

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EdF nuclear deal-21/10/

21 October 2013

EdF nuclear deal-21/10/

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Railway Division Lecture: Paris Metro Line 1 Driverless Trains

21 October 2013

November 2011: The very first driverless passenger train is launched on the Paris Metro Line, 111 years after its inauguration. A complete fleet of 49 driverless trains now runs which confirms both the human and technical success of the experience.

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Spain's Worst Rail Disaster - Discovery Channel

10 October 2013

Institution's Head of Transport Phillipa Oldham appears in Discovery Channel documentary about the Spanish rail disaster.

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The Future of Coal: Pre-combustion Extraction of Carbon

03 October 2013

Coal has always been the biggest single contributor of raw energy for fossil fuel power generation stations, and there is a commercial desire to maintain this status quo – but only if its CO2 contribution is reduced by at least 50%. How can this be addressed cost-effectively?
Presentation by John Griffiths, Gasification Matters

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Annual PSG Lecture - Nuclear Energy for the 21st Century

26 September 2013

At this annual Pressure Systems Group lecture Professor Andrew Sherry, from the University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, discussed nuclear energy within a low carbon world, manufacturing and operational challenges for existing reactor designs as well as research challenges for future reactor systems.



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DESERTEC - Clean Power from Deserts

24 September 2013

The DESERTEC Concept was developed by a network of scientists, economists and politicians from around the Mediterranean, leading to the creation of the DESERTEC Foundation. It demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.

Presented by Falko Schmidt, UK Coordinator, DESERTEC Foundation

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The Institution takes Bloodhound SSC to the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff.

24 September 2013

The Institution takes Bloodhound SSC to the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff.

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BBC Radio 4 - Appropriate Healthcare event

18 September 2013

Coverage on Radio 4's PM programme of the Institution's Biomedical Engineering Association event, Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries: Low-cost, frugal technology medical devices.

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Railway Division Lecture: Chairman's Address

16 September 2013

This lecture highlights the importance for the engineer to be guided by the commercial reality in his relations with the supply chain, the customer and the OEM, highlighting past failures that have created either safety risks for the operator or commercial risks for the owner. It will also argue that at a time when today’s railways are changing technically more quickly than at any time in its history, there is a commercial need for a proper design authority structure to be in place for the life of an asset.

Presented by Chris Moss, Consultant, Relationship Development, Eversholt

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Dr Tim Fox discusses fracking on BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio

21 August 2013

Dr Tim Fox discusses fracking on BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio

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The Clydebank Titan crane is designated as an International Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark

20 August 2013

The Clydebank Titan crane is designated as an International Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark

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Hyper loop

13 August 2013

Hyper loop

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The Institution's Dr Tim Fox features in a news clip on fracking in the UK.

12 August 2013

The Institution's Dr Tim Fox features in a news clip on fracking in the UK.

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BBC Radio 5 Live - The future of fracking and shale gas in the UK

31 July 2013

Dr Tim Fox, from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, debates the future of fracking in the UK on Nicky Campbell's BBC 5 Live Breakfast show.

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Spanish rail accident

25 July 2013

Spanish rail accident

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Volks Engineering Heritage Award

13 July 2013

Volks Engineering Heritage Award

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Lacey Green Windmill Engineering Heritage Award

12 July 2013

Lacey Green Windmill Engineering Heritage Award

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Formula Student 2013

04 July 2013

Formula Student 2013

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Webinar A brief review on state of the art technologies in elevator systems

01 July 2013

In this free webinar, Dr Albert So of the University of Northampton gave a quick review of some latest technological developments in elevator engineering, in two aspects, namely energy performance and safety.

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Laboratory design, construction and sustainable operation

25 June 2013

Presented by Gordon Farquharson, B.Sc. (Hons), C.Eng, Critical Systems Ltd, Calum Davis, Dip Arch RIBA ARB, Founder and Senior Partner, Architon LLP and Andrew Postlethwaite, BSc ICIOB, Director, Walter Lilly & Co Ltd

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Philippa Oldham talks about UK skills and manufacturing

14 June 2013

Philippa Oldham talks about UK skills and manufacturing

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Carbon Capture and Utilisation: Making future change happen

13 June 2013

We recycle paper, glass and plastics so why not carbon ? The economics and performance penalty on the energy intensive industries don’t seem to be very convincing, and public perception of carbon storage is not great. We currently produce far too much carbon to fully utilise, this lecture explores if we can do more than produce fire extinguishers and fizzy drinks with about 10% of the carbon produced.

Presented by:

Jon Price, Director, Smart Infrastructure - Energy Systems - Circular Economy, Centre for Low Carbon Futures

Professor Peter Styring, Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of Sheffield

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Alastair Graham Bryce Memorial Lecture: Inspiring the Young to Engineering – Formula AGB

12 June 2013

Presented by Bob Shanks, Chairman of the Imagineering Foundation

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The Influence of Weather on Renewable Energy Predictability and Performance

11 June 2013

This lecture was presented by Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the Met Office.

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Lobbying in Westminster

03 June 2013

Lobbying in Westminster

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Institution comments on Crossrail

31 May 2013

Institution comments on Crossrail

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Formula Student 2013

30 May 2013

Formula Student 2013

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Nuclear poll

28 May 2013

Public poll on nuclear power

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Engineered in Britain Report

24 May 2013

Engineered in Britain Report

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Presidential Address 2013 - Proud to be an Engineer

22 May 2013

The Institution's Annual Meeting was followed by the Ordinary Meeting at which Patrick Kniveton presented his Presidential Address entitled Proud to be an Engineer.

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Young Engineers Presentation Competition Final 2013

20 May 2013

The final of the Young Engineers Presentation Competition 2013 saw the winners of the regional heats go head to head in London for the chance to win £1000.

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BBC Radio 4 - Material World

16 May 2013

BBC Radio 4 - Material World

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King Edward Mine Mill Engineering Heritage Award

14 May 2013

King Edward Mine Mill Engineering Heritage Award

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Bloodhound in Scotland

01 May 2013

Bloodhound in Scotland

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Engineering: The Fastest Swimsuit in the World

30 April 2013

This Lecture will be presented by Dr Herve Morvan, Director of Research for the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT), University of Nottingham

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Understanding and Controlling Noise and Vibration from Railways

22 April 2013

David Thompson, Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration at the University of Southampton, discusses the sources of noise and vibration and their physical mechanisms.

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Mallard Engineering Heritage Award

05 April 2013

Mallard Engineering Heritage Award

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Designing with composite materials. 48th John Player Memorial Lecture

20 March 2013

This Lecture will be presented by Professor Mike Hinton, Technology Director, National Composites Centre

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London Overground - Recipe for a Reliable Railway

18 March 2013

This lecture summarised London Overground's approach to consistently achieving an overall successful performance.

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Green tribology at sea: Donald Julius Groen prize lecture

06 March 2013

A reflection on two decades of research into fossil fuel recovery and sustainable energy at sea from Professor Robert Wood, Director of the national Centre of Advanced Tribology.

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Smith & Nephew Lecture - Individualised multiscale modelling to predict risk of bone fracture in osteoporotic patients

28 February 2013

This lecture given by Professor Marco Viceconti from the University of Sheffield will present the main results of a four year research project (VPHOP) devoted to the development and assessment of a new technology that uses computer models of the musculoskeletal biomechanics, individualised over imaging and sensing data, to predict the risk of bone fracture in fragile elders affected by a metabolic disease called osteoporosis.


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Ugly Fruit Survey

27 February 2013

Ugly Fruit Survey

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Hugh Ford Management Lecture 2013 - Innovation, entrepreneurship, management and leadership in an engineering company

20 February 2013

Presented by Chris Rea OBE, BSc, CEng, FIMechE, DL, Managing Director, AESSEAL

Chris' presentation will cover his journey to entrepreneurship, product, process and marketing innovation. A leader for thirty years, join Chris as he discusses sustaining an intrapreneurial culture as an organisation grows.

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George Ramshaw Curry Prestige Lecture: Current and Future Developments in EU Rail Policy

18 February 2013

This lecture was given by Keir Fitch, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Kallas, Commissioner for Transport

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Future Water Challenges for the UK: 2015 and beyond

31 January 2013

The presentation will give an overview of the current challenges faced by the industry (plus a reminder of what has been achieved since privatisation), what is being planned for the next regulatory period (AMP6) covering 2015 to 2020, and provide a little crystal ball gazing into the longer term future.

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BBC2's Genius of Invention programme

24 January 2013

BBC2's Genius of Invention programme

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Technology transfer from F1 to the automotive industry

24 January 2013

Speaker: Peter Van Mannen, Managing Director of McLaren Electronic Systems

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BBC2's Funny Business

16 January 2013

BBC2's Funny Business

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Sustaining Real Innovation in Railway and Trains: The Centrality of Technology

14 January 2013

Andy Doherty, Director of System Engineering at Network Rail, will give a talk introducing the challenges and opportunities in the area of Real Innovation in Railways and Trains, with a focus on technology.

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Global Food Waste Not, Want Not

10 January 2013

Global Food Waste Not, Want Not

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Shale gas gets go-ahead

13 December 2012

Shale gas gets go-ahead

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The 100th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Does It Make The Car Go Faster?

05 December 2012

Presented by Alex Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Williams Grand Prix Holdings Plc

In the 100th Thomas Hawksley Lecture, Alex Burns gives an overview of the sport of Formula 1 and the Williams F1 Team. He describes the frenetic pace of product evolution and the unique motorsport culture that allows this to happen. He illustrates this with a description of the development of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) first introduced in the sport in 2009.

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UK Shale Gas exploration

04 December 2012

In 2010 Cuadrilla Resources commenced an exploration drilling programme in the county of Lancashire. The focus was to evaluate the shale gas potential of the Bowland Basin, North West England.

Presented by: Mr Huw Clarke, Senior Geoscientist and Dr Peter Turner, Exploration Consultant and Founder Member, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd

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Cruachan Engineering Heritage Award

30 November 2012

Cruachan Engineering Heritage Award

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Lion Locomotive Heritage Award

23 November 2012

Lion Locomotive, the only surviving example of a typical 1830s steam locomotive in the world, was presented with a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on Friday 23 November at the Museum of Liverpool.

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Storm Sandy

01 November 2012

Storm Sandy

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Life at the sharp end: A maintainers view

29 October 2012

Presented by Tim Moss, Engineering Manager, Nottingham Tram

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Engineering Innovation – Gearing up for the Patent Box
MTC, 25 October 2012

25 October 2012

Engineering Innovation – Gearing up for the Patent Box
MTC, 25 October 2012

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Future Energy Supply – Spoilt for Choice, or Running Dry?

25 October 2012

This lecture will take a broad look at future energy supply scenarios, and explore the pro's and con's of different possibilities. Whilst the subject will be treated primarily from a UK viewpoint, the global situation will be sketched at the outset in order to provide a perspective for the arguments which are subsequently presented.

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Air Fuel Synthesis

19 October 2012

Air Fuel Synthesis

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CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2012

11 October 2012

This lecture featured presentations from the Building Services Graduate of the Year finalists; as well as a presentation from Tony Day and the ASHRAE President, Tom Watson.

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Creating a single European transport area: rail perspectives and challenges

08 October 2012

Presented by Dr Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) AISBL

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Downsizing for Fuel Efficiency - A replacement for displacement?

04 October 2012

Explore the history of engine pressure-charging and the development to date of downsized engines. Presented by Dr Chris Brace, Chairman of the Institution’s Automobile Division and Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, University of Bath.

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Short SC1 Engineering Heritage Award

04 October 2012

Short SC1 Engineering Heritage Award

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CNBC report on the engineering challenges to growing world population.

02 October 2012

CNBC report on the engineering challenges to growing world population.

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Liquid Air Working Group launched

02 October 2012

A liquid air working group comprising engineers, academics, civil servants and industry leaders was launched at the Institution on 2 October, attracting attention from the national media. The working group will look into the potential applications of promising liquid air technology.

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Nepal air crash

28 September 2012

Nepal air crash

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Scottish wind power on the radio

27 September 2012

Scottish wind power on the radio

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Railway Division Chairman's Address- Interfaces and Interactions

24 September 2012

Free Evening Lecture, 17.15 for 18.00

Presented by Ms Bridget Eickhoff

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Stuart Cameron on BBC Radio Scotland

23 September 2012

The Institution's Stuart Cameron talks about inspiring children to pursue careers in engineering.

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Railway Challenge 2012

21 August 2012

Railway Challenge 2012

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The Great Personal Transport Debate 2012: 'Will your car cost the earth?'

02 August 2012

Road pricing, green fuels and rising oil prices were among the subjects tackled at a landmark debate hosted by the UK’s largest engineering institutions at Reading University earlier this year.

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Professor Stuart Cameron discusses energy policy on Newsnight Scotland

30 July 2012

Professor Stuart Cameron, Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, takes part in a panel discussion on Newsnight Scotland examining energy policy in Scotland and throughout the UK.

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Formula Student 2012

05 July 2012

Formula Student 2012

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Titan Crane Heritage Award

05 July 2012

Titan Crane Heritage Award

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Sports engineering: an unfair advantage? report

04 July 2012

Sports engineering: an unfair advantage? report

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Airport capacity conference

25 June 2012

Airport capacity conference

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Engineers of the future event in Northampton

22 June 2012

Engineers of the future event in Northampton

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Natural Ventilation - a zero carbon method of cooling and ventilation

14 June 2012

This free webinar presented by Frank Mills describes the latest thinking in the area of natural ventilation.

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Inspiring the Future of British Manufacturing

13 June 2012

A bright future for British manufacturing is reliant upon the strong relationship between industry, academia and the government.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is one of the key elements of this strategy. The Catapult Centres have been formed based on reports by Hauser & Dyson which recommended that the government should create, and focus on, a few well-funded elite centres to support UK innovation

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Lecture: Development of Deep Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK

12 June 2012

This free evening lecture presented by Professor Paul Younger, Newcastle University, looks at deep geothermal exploration covering industry developments and the delivery of renewable heat networks using Organic Rankine Cycle and other thermoelectric systems.

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Engineering safe sustainable solutions - from build to decommissioning

11 June 2012

Judith Hackitt, Chair of Health and Safety Executive, will draw upon a number of case studies that highlight the importance of engineering solutions that can be built, operated and then modified to accommodate new technologies or decommissioned and disposed of safely and sustainably. Using examples such as the Flixborough and Piper Alpha disasters along with HSE's recent work in Emerging Energy Technologies and on the Olympic Park build project, Judith will cover a range of issues and challenges that are faced by engineers and those working in the health and safety system.

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Risks and realities: Shale Gas, geology and public opinion

07 June 2012

Presented by: Richard Davies, Professor of Energy at Durham University and Director of Durham Energy Institute.

Like GM crops, could public opinion kill shale gas in the UK and beyond? The now polarised debate in the UK has largely ignored 20 years of shale gas data from the USA.

As a preview to the event, Professor Davies has been interviewed for PE magazine about his recent research which indicates that fracking for shale gas should only take place at least 600m down from aquifers used for water supplies.
http://profeng.com/news/controversial-fracking-risks-quantified

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Re-railing Innovation

28 May 2012

Each year, the IMechE Railway Division holds a competition of technical presentations to give Young Members the chance to win £1000! Five regional heats have been held across the country showcasing a very high standard of engineering talent. These five winners will now compete for the prize!

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The water balance. Innovations in controlling and managing leakage.

28 May 2012

This free webinar presented by Tim McMahon of Thames Water will give a summary of active leakage control and the water balance.

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Dr Colin Brown on the Today programme

23 May 2012

Dr Colin Brown, the Institution's Director of Engineering, discusses the state of UK manufacturing and the Institution's new Engineered in Britain report on Radio 4's Today programme.

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IMechE Presidential Address 2012 - Measuring Success

23 May 2012

Professor Isobel Pollock will present her Presidential Address entitled 'Measuring Success'.

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Philippa Oldham on Sky News

23 May 2012

Philippa Oldham, HEad of Manufacturing at the Institution, takes part in a live debate on the economy, manufacturing and the Institution's Engineered in Britain report.

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84th Thomas Lowe Gray lecture: The role of pumped storage in keeping our lights on

16 May 2012

This lecture is given by Mike McWilliams, Mott MacDonald's Divisional Director of Hydropower. The presentation considers pumped storage: how it works, what it does and the role it can play in keeping the lights on.

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Dr Colin Brown on Radio 4

10 May 2012

Dr Colin Brown is quoted as part of the top story on BBC Radio 4's Six O'Clock News, urging the Government to show leadership on UK manufacturing following a disappointing Queen's Speech.

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Engineering the Lee Valley White Water Centre

01 May 2012

On the run up to the summer's sporting events, this lecture discusses the engineering of the Lee Valley White Water Centre looking at the components of the white water course, creating the white water and the development of the site masterplan.

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BBC Scotland's Landward programme

27 April 2012

BBC Scotland's Landward programme

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Bloodhound at the Scottish Parliament

25 April 2012

The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car showcar on display at the Scottish Parliament.

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Intelligent Transport Intelligent Society

19 April 2012

Intelligent Transport Intelligent Society

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Keep Cool! Designing effective humidification systems

12 April 2012

In this webinar we will look at how we can design humidification systems that harness less expensive energy and reduce carbon footprint.

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Formula Student features on Radio Silverstone

28 March 2012

This week's Radio Silverstone's Formula String chatshow focused on Formula Student, with FS guests joining host Scott Stringfellow in the studio to talk about the history of the competition and previewing Formula Student 2012.

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Engineering Diploma discussion on BBC Radio Tees

23 March 2012

Dr Colin Brown, the Institution's Director of Engineering, discusses the Government's downgrading of the engineering diploma from the equivalent of five GCSEs to just one.

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Energy, water and food security in the 21st century - 47th John Player Lecture

20 March 2012

Institution of Mechanical Engineers is honoured to welcome Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS as the 47th presenter of this lecture.

Registration will be open from 17:15 and the lecture will commence at 18:00.

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High Speed Rail- British Plans in a World Perspective

19 March 2012

Free Evening Lecture, 17:15 for 18:00

Presented by Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director, High Speed 2

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Oil & Gas UK’s Activity Survey – what’s happening in the offshore industry?

15 March 2012

Despite the signs that 2011 was a record year for investment, exploration activity and production both fell dramatically, providing worrying signals for the UK oil and gas industry. Can the offshore oil and gas industry sustain its position as one of the largest industrial investors in the economy and a global leader in offshore technology and services? Free lecture open to all.

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Institution comments on Switzerland coach crash.

14 March 2012

Institution comments on Switzerland coach crash.

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Jon Hilton on BBC Radio Northampton

12 March 2012

Jon Hilton FIMechE, Chairman of Formula Student and Member of the Institution's Trustee Board, appears on BBC Radio Northampton as part of a preview piece on the upcoming Formula One season.

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Nissan announces new jobs in Sunderland

06 March 2012

Nissan announces new jobs in Sunderland.

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Engineering Strategies to Prevent Soft Tissue Damage

29 February 2012

Soft tissue damage, in the form of pressure ulcers, represents an important indicator of Quality of Care for individuals in both hospital and community settings. Accordingly pressure ulcers, which affect immobile subjects with a wide range of confounding factors, have received increased attention within health services worldwide. Future strategies for prevention of this debilitating condition are encouraging due, in part, to the continued involvement of engineers. This presentation will evaluate what has been learned from these engineering approaches to inform clinical practice

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The Institution on BBC South East

29 February 2012

BBC South East's breakfast and lunchtime bulletins feature a poll, commissioned by the Institution, showing a third runway at Heathrow would be a more popular solution to the UK's airport capacity crunch than the proposed Thames Estuary airport.

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Hugh Ford Management Lecture: Rotork, Renishaw and Spirax Sarco - the drivers for their success

22 February 2012

This lecture will explore the drivers for three engineering businesses that have seen remarkable growth in the past 25 years, dwelling on both the similarities and differences in their approach.

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George Ramshaw Curry Prestige Lecture: Crossrail- 2012 Challenges and Solutions

20 February 2012

Presented by Chris Sexton, Technical Director, Crossrail

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Liquid Air Energy Storage

02 February 2012

On the same day that the IMechE hosted a lecture presenting Liquid Air Energy Storage - a revolutionary British technology that has the potential to solve intermittency issues with large-scale wind power - Dr Tim Fox appeared on BBC South East's evening bulletin discussing the technology.

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Engineering equipment – coping with the human element!

31 January 2012

Engineering has become an extremely advanced field and as a profession our daily routine and challenges would have been seen as science fiction 50 years ago. Yet things sometimes go wrong – at great cost, sometimes of human life.

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Institution's Tim Fox on Channel 4's 4 Thought programme

19 January 2012

Institution's Tim Fox on Channel 4's 4 Thought programme

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S Stock Value Engineering: The Benefits of Co-operation

16 January 2012

Presented by Malcolm Dobell, Head of Train Systems and Permanent Way, London Underground and Geoff Bolton, S Stock Value Engineer, London Underground

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HS2 gets Government go-ahead

10 January 2012

Institution comments on HS2 getting Government go-ahead

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New Routemaster bus breaks down

20 December 2011

London's new Routemaster bus breaks down en route to Luton

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99th Thomas Hawksley Lecture - Delivering Crossrail

14 December 2011

Presented by Terry Morgan CBE FRENG, Chairman, Crossrail

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The Institution comment on EasyJet's new volcanic ash detection technology

08 December 2011

The Institution's Colin Brown comments on EasyJet's new volcanic ash detection technology

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ERTMS- The Story of a Success

28 November 2011

Presented by Jim Morgan, Principal Programme Sponsor (National Programmes), Network Rail

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Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

28 November 2011

Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

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Jaguar E-Type Heritage Award

25 November 2011

Media coverage for the Jaguar E-Type car Heritage Award

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Scottish Energy 2020? report

03 November 2011

The Scottish Energy 2020? report investigated the Scottish Government's 2020 renewable energy targets, finding that it lacked a detailed engineering strategy and raising numerous concerns about whether the targets are achievable.

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Dr Colin Brown on Ask Rhod Gilbert

02 November 2011

Dr Colin Brown, IMechE Director of Engineering, appears on BBC1's Ask Rhod Gilbert.

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Why bother with adhesion?

31 October 2011

Felix Schmid, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham will present a history of mountain railways

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Talyllyn Railway Heritage Award

30 October 2011

Wales' Talyllyn Railway, the first volunteer-run railway in the world, has become the 67th winner of the Institution's Engineering Heritage Award.

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Vulcan Bomber Heritage Award

27 October 2011

The Vulcan Bomber became the 66th winner of an Institution of Mechnical Engineers Engineering Heritage Award on Thursday 27 October

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Aero 2075: Flying into a bright future?

26 October 2011

Media coverage of Aero 2075: Flying into a bright future?

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Artificial Trees: Giving us the time to act?

26 October 2011

There is growing recognition that our efforts to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases are failing. Furthermore, governments across the world continue to struggle with the challenge of reaching a binding agreement that will keep the global mean temperature rise below the 2°C threshold.
As a result, it is becoming ever more important for us to seek ways of radically accelerating emissions reduction while simultaneously exploring the full range of tools we can use to tackle global warming.
One controversial technology, known as air capture, could extract carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. Although in the early stage of development, there is a growing interest in the contribution that could be made from air capture machines such as artificial trees which would facilitate both carbon removal and carbon recycling.
Professor Klaus Lackner is a pioneer of artificial tree technology and Dr Tim Fox a leading thinker in this area. Their lecture will examine the role that such a tool can play in tackling the challenge of global warming and provide a live demonstration of CO2 removal, returning atmospheric air to its pre-industrial carbon condition. They will outline what might be possible from an engineering point of view and explore how, where and when deployment could take place.

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Making it all add up: the future for additive manufacturing in automated metal processing

17 October 2011

James Clayton Memorial Lecture 2011

Professor Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director at Renishaw plc, will discuss whether additive manufacturing can really replace other tools and technologies that are continually improving accuracy and process control.

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The Institution's Philippa Oldham on the BBC Politics Show South

16 October 2011

The Institution's Head of Manufacturing Philippa Oldham on the BBC Politics Show South programme.

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European train acceptance- It's getting easier, right?

10 October 2011

International themed lecture presented by Paul Seller, Director - Product Safety, Bombardier Transportation

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CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2011: Leading engineering towards a sustainable future

06 October 2011

This free evening lecture will focus on innovation with presentations from the Building Services Graduate of the Year finalists; as well as Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, Honorary Fellow of CIBSE and the ASHRAE President, Ron Jarnagin.

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Railway Division Chairman's Address: Efficiency & Opportunity In Railway Engineering

26 September 2011

Drawing from experience of a wide range of railway businesses and projects, this address will illustrate 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 at all levels.

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Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

22 September 2011

Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

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Transition engineering - rethinking everything

21 September 2011

A lecture organised by the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group.



Transition Engineering encompasses the engineering challenges of technological as well as non-technological changes required for transition to a sustainable future and will need the vision and creativity of engineers in all existing engineering disciplines. Dr Susan Krumdieck is a visionary engineer and engaging speaker working on Transition Engineering in New Zealand; she will share her vision of a new kind of engineering and a new opportunity for engineers to help create a sustainable future.

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Safety fast: the art of super sonic safety

13 September 2011

How can you manage risks where not only do you not know all the answers, but quite probably not even the questions? This presentation is to describe how the BLOODHOUND SSC team manage and mitigate the risks they know, but also the philosophy behind designing the car to deal with those they don’t.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC

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Dr Patrick Finlay on appropriate healthcare for the world's poorest countries

07 September 2011

Dr Patrick Finlay, Vice-Chairman of the IMechE's medical division, discusses the challenges of getting appropriate medical devices into developing countries with the BBC World Service ahead of a major IMechE conference on the subject.

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Media coverage for Waverley Engineering Heritage Award.

14 August 2011

Media coverage of the Engineering Heritage Award given to the Waverley paddle steamer.

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Formula Student 2011 Media

17 July 2011

News organisations from all over the country covered this year's Formula Student, the largest educational engineering competition of its kind in the world.

BBC Northamptonshire, West Midlands, Bristol and Somerset all featured radio interviews with the teams, organisers and VIP guests, while ITV Anglia came to Silverstone to watch the cars in action.

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Formula Student 2011

14 July 2011

Formula Student is the largest educational engineering competition of its kind in the world. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as its Patron Ross Brawn, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers.

University students are challenged to design and build a single seat racing car and compete with it in a series of static and dynamic events.

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BBC coverage of Engineering Day at Croft, Darlington

06 July 2011

BBC North East & Cumbria coverage of Engineering Day at Croft, Darlington

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Intercity Express Programme

27 June 2011

The Railway Division is delighted to host the first major public lecture on the interesting and sometimes controversial subject of the Inter City Express Programme (IEP). The evening will be jointly led by Department for Transport (DfT) and Agility Trains.

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Dr Colin Brown on BBC Radio 4 talking about the future of aerospace

16 June 2011

Dr Colin Brown on BBC Radio 4 talking about the future of aerospace after the launch of a PWC report on the subject

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The role of product innovation within the new manufacturing economy

15 June 2011

Free evening lecture presented by Graham Lacy of PDD on the reality of UK manufacturing and its future.

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Is just a wheelchair enough

14 June 2011

The right to mobility is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities. Motivation believes that mobility needs to be accompanied by the opportunity to learn the skills required to make the most of that mobility and be inspired to use it to the full. The reality for many disabled people in developing countries is that without an income life is very tough and relies on family support. Vocational training and income generation is provided to allow people to enable people to fulfil their potential to become included in society.
This lecture will cover the subject of appropriate wheelchair provision in developing countries and associated requirements around helping disabled people in less resourced settings to fulfil their potential in society.

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Renewable energy in South-East Asia

09 June 2011

This lecture summarises what renewable energy policies are in place in South-East Asia, outlining some installation project case studies, the technologies used and how the projects have been financed.

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Dr Tim Fox talking on Sky News on the oil refinery accident in Pembrokeshire

03 June 2011

Head of Energy and Environment Dr Tim Fox on Sky News on the oil refinery accident in Pembrokeshire.

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Sustainable Mobility: Mission Impossible?

26 May 2011

Meeting the short and medium term challenge of making a significant improvement in sustainable mobility requires “the pragmatic application of known commercially viable technologies to mass market vehicles and proven ITS traffic management strategies in urban environments”

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Presidential address 2011 - Engineering: Our future

25 May 2011

This address was given by Professor Roderick A Smith FREng FIMechE.

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Fukushima: New wine is old wineskins?

24 May 2011

The events at Fukushima in Japan have knocked over the notion growing in many countries that a nuclear renaissance was inevitable. The scale of the accident, involving multiple reactors and the way it ran across the global news for weeks with a different problem being face almost every day, has challenged the idea that the nuclear industry has learned the lessons and is a now safe and sound means of generating electricity. The talk will attempt to explain what went wrong at Fukushima and the choices that the Japanese authorities had to make in the aftermath of the unprecedented earthquake that hit Japan on 11 March. It will start the process of learning the new lessons of Fukushima and consider whether the effects of the accident might be felt more by old reactors like those at Fukushima, or newer ones such as those planned to be built in the UK.

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The Institution's response to Iceland's latest volcanic eruption

23 May 2011

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers response to Iceland's Grimsvötn volcanic eruption and ash cloud

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Dr Tim Fox on BBC News 24 talking about UK's Fourth Carbon Budget

17 May 2011

Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment, on BBC News 24 talking about the UK's Fourth Carbon Budget

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Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

17 May 2011

Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

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1000mph Using Three Types of Thrust

12 May 2011

In order to propel the car to these speeds BLOODHOUND SSC is unique in having three separate engines; The Eurojet EJ200 from the Eurofighter Typhoon, an 18” hybrid rocket developed by the Falcon Rocket Program, and the CA2010 F1 engine from Cosworth. Combined these give BLOODHOUND SSC in excess of 20 tonnes of thrust, and an equivalent horsepower of 133,000bhp.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, BLOODHOUND SSC

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FMG Annual Lecture

10 May 2011

Lord Armstrong’s Influence On Engineering & Fluid Machinery

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Delivering UK space capability into orbit

05 May 2011

Using examples from the UK’s largest and most complex military satellite system – Skynet 5, scientific satellites such as Aeolus, Lisa Pathfinder and ExoMars Rover – Patrick Wood will explain how engineering managers can overcome these hurdles to meet the requirements of quality, schedule and cost, while managing the risks and contingency funding to meet high operational targets.

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First Royal Navy Submarine gets Heritage Award

04 May 2011

Holland One, the first Royal Navy submarine launched in 1901, has received an Institution of Mechanical Engineers Heritage Award.

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Dr Colin Brown on Real Radio Scotland talking about volcanic ash

26 April 2011

Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Dr Colin Brown on Real Radio Scotland talking about the issue of volcanic ash and aircraft

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The challenges to ensure 80% reduction of CO2 by 2050

26 April 2011

This lecture, presented by Dame Sue Ion DBE FIC FCGI FIM FNucl, was held by ICE and the IMechE North West Region on 26 April 2011.

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Institution Member on BBC Radio Cumbria

14 April 2011

Institution Member Kudzanai Chikohora on BBC Radio Cumbria

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Working to make solar energy a more affordable option

13 April 2011

This evening lecture, presented by Dow Corning, provides an introduction to photovoltaic panels and give attendees an insight into their history and potential for the future.

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Bloodhound comes to Horse Guards Parade

12 April 2011

A 42 foot model of the Bloodhound super sonic car was parked on Horse Guards Parade, just metres away from IMechE headquarters, to mark the publication of the 1000mph car's 3D design drawings.

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Bursledon Brickworks gets 62nd Engineering Heritage Award

12 April 2011

Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire has become the 62nd recipient of an Institution of Mechanical Engineers Heritage Award, joining the likes of the Thames Barrier and the Penydaren locomotive on the prestigious list of winners.

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Fukushima nuclear plant: Institution insight into the main engineering issues

12 April 2011

Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering and Chris Lowther Fellow of the Institution, consider the main engineering challenges currently faced by engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

UPDATED 12/04/11

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2050 Roadmaps

05 April 2011

The Southern Area and the Greater London Region jointly organised this presentation by Professor David JC MacKay.

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The Intelligent Railway - How Can Railway Condition Monitoring Help Us Predict and Plan for the Future?

04 April 2011

Presented by Professor Clive Roberts, Birmingham University

This address will present the state-of-the-art in railway condition monitoring, in addition to providing details of future applications that are being developed as part of research projects taking place at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with British and international stakeholders.

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46th John Player Memorial Lecture: At the Cutting, Scratching and Piercing Edges

23 March 2011

This is a free evening lecture open to all. Professor Tony Atkins will leave you wondering...

whether men should consider shaving with a potato peeler and women whether they manicure their nails properly. These are not trivial thoughts!

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Global Cleantech Cluster Association press launch

21 March 2011

Press launch for the GCCA in conjunction with Ecoconnect and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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Delivering Transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

14 March 2011

This presentation will include discussion on the Scale, form and nature of the Games

Presented by Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport, ODA

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IRSE London Paper - East London Railway

09 February 2011

Speakers: Mike Stubbs & Adam Smith, London Overground

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Passive Safety Design and Validation of a European Rail Platform

17 January 2011

Presented by: Professor John Roberts, Manager Centre of Competence Crash Safety,
Bombardier Transport

The paper will cover the Normative references for RST Interoperability in the areas of Structural Crashworthiness and Interior Passive Safety.

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Population Explosion: Can the Planet Cope?

12 January 2011

A groundbreaking Population report (Wed 12 January) by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has revealed the world is hurtling towards population overload placing billions at risk of hunger, thirst and slum conditions.

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98th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Nuclear or Renewables?

06 December 2010

Between now and 2020 the UK must replace about a third of its existing electricity generating capacity. That is an unprecedented and enormously expensive challenge; the industry estimates it will need to invest £200bn. This evening lecture was given by Dr Paul Golby CEng FIMechE, Chairman and Chief Executive of E.ON UK plc.

Due to a technical issue, the lecture will not be available to view on Play it Back.
However the slides and notes can be viewed at: www.imeche.org/Libraries/Knowledge-Power/Thomas_Hawksley_2010.sflb.ashx

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Value for Money Railway: Time for a Change

29 November 2010

This year’s Sir Seymour Biscoe Tritton lecture will provide a progress report on the Rail Value for Money Study, and will discuss some of the key issues which the Rail Value for Money Study has identified.

Presented by Sir Roy McNulty, Rail Value for Money Study

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Living Well - Hidden Impacts and Sustainable Consumption

22 November 2010

Sustainability is usually interpreted in terms of three “pillars” or constraints: techno-economic, environmental or ecological, and societal. Applying this approach to consumption suggests that the sustainability of supply chains should be assessed by examining the distribution of positive benefits and negative impacts along the supply chain.

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The Great Female Debate: Do Women Speak Too Much Or Too Little?

09 November 2010

An evening to inspire women who wish to initiate or participate in speaking events and encourage more female speakers.

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QANTAS Airbus A380 engine explosion

04 November 2010

IMechE’s Director of Engineering, Dr Colin Brown, explains the engineering story behind the mid-air engine explosion on a Qantas A-380 superjumbo, which forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.

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The Tornado Story - From Dream to Steam

01 November 2010

Presented by David Elliott, Director of Engineering, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

This illustrated talk covers the epic story of how a conversation in a pub turned into a generation long struggle to build a steam locomotive from scratch, by asking members of the public to donate ‘the price of a pint’ !  Covering the creation of the Trust in 1990 and a brief history of the class of locomotive built. 

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The UK Oil and Gas Industry: a great British engineering success story and one of our best kept secrets

21 October 2010

In this free evening lecture, Malcolm Webb will present on the history and future prospects of this essential high-tech energy industry and review its contribution to the UK’s economy, energy security and affordability and environmental objectives. He will also reflect upon why the achievements and continuing importance of this industry are so poorly appreciated and what might be done to correct that.

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Developing Innovative Vehicles: The Challenges and Demands (James Clayton Memorial Lecture)

18 October 2010

This lecture examines the paradox of innovation, and the challenges faced when developing ground-breaking vehicles to meet the demands of the global markets.

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BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme: Volcanic Ash Report

15 October 2010

Professor Roderick Smith discussing the IMechE Volcanic Ash Report.

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BBC Radio Oxford: Volcanic Ash Report

15 October 2010

Oxford based Professor Roderick Smith discussing the Volcanic Ash Report.

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Automobile Division Chairman's Address 2010: Reducing Carbon Emissions - Can the automobile make a positive contribution?

14 October 2010

Transport accounts for 20% of all greenhouse emissions worldwide, and 50% of this comes from automobiles. Legislation is driving down CO2 emissions for new vehicles, but are the targets and their achievement too little and too late? Prevention of a 2ºC rise in temperature requires an 85% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Can this be achieved, and what contribution can the automobile make?


In his address, Prof Peter White will examine these questions taking into account technical innovation, energy sources, trends in vehicle ownership and socio-economic behaviour.



THIS LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Refreshments will be served at 17:45 and the lecture will begin at 18:15.


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Modelling a Sustainable World - ASHRAE Annual Lecture 2010

07 October 2010

This lecture on the topic of Modelling a Sustainable World, will note that in energy simulation, daylight analysis, CFD and BIM software, we have powerful modelling tools that enable us to create and refine our vision of a building - its appearance, systems, operation and performance. 

SPEAKER: Lynn G. Bellenger, President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

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Railway Division Chairman's Address: Making the most of what we have…

20 September 2010

Presented by Tim Dugher, Angel Trains. 

This year’s address will focus on identifying the positives out of a slow economy, and making the most of existing assets.

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ITV London Tonight: Potters Rail Crash

30 July 2010

Dr Colin Brown discussing the Potter Bar rail crash

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Formula Student 2010

15 July 2010

Formula Student is about building future engineering talent by designing and producing a single-seater racing car, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment. Click below to view our New Promotional DVD.

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Increasing the Rate of New Product Introduction

30 June 2010

More than 40 companies have now benefited from ‘Product Innovation Consortium’, the first new products having been launched in early 2009. Not all companies reach commercialisation. The Stage-Gate process identifies and helps manage the risks associated with new product development at key stages and therefore avoids valuable resources being wasted.

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22nd Annual Student Medical Engineering Student Project Competition

23 June 2010

The Engineering in Medicine and Health Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is delighted to launch the 22nd Annual Medical Engineering Student Project Competition taking place on 23 June 2010.

This competition is the foremost medical engineering student project competition in the UK and provides an opportunity for students across a wide variety of disciplines to present their work.

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FES Rowing after Spinal Cord Injury

23 June 2010

The lecture will illustrate the biomechanical development of the FES technology and adaptation of ergometers and sculls.

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MX Awards 2010 Overall Winner radio interview

23 June 2010

The Best Overall Business Winner at the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards is Leyland Trucks in Preston. It has also become the first firm in the event’s 28-year-history to win the top award two years in a row. In a BBC Radio Lancashire interview Andrea Paver, the Managing Director of Leyland Trucks, talks about the win.

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New Nuclear Build: The Role of the Independent Nuclear Safety Regulator

03 June 2010

HSE and the Environment Agency are working together to assess designs for new nuclear power stations that might eventually be built and operated in the UK.  The unique assessment process, known as Generic Design Assessment (GDA) is a four step process designed to allow for the assessment of the designs before major nuclear constructions starts, which improves overall regulatory effectiveness and minimises regulatory uncertainty.

This Lecture is free and open to all.

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Professional registration

02 June 2010

Learn a bit more about professional registration at IMechE

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The Fire and Explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal: The Basic Causes and the Impact on Industry

01 June 2010

The massive fire and explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal, Hertfordshire on 11 December 2005 made international headlines.  But what actually happened?

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Engineered in Britain launch

27 May 2010

Engineered in Britain launch

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The New Bentley Mulsanne - The Pinnacle of British Motoring

27 May 2010

Dr Ulrich Eichhorn's lecture will cover the history and heritage behind the car, the interior and exterior design processes, the engineering development story and the key technical features.

This lecture is kindly sponsored by Bentley

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Presidential Address 2010: The Low Carbon Vehicle - Engineering the Challenge

26 May 2010

John Wood examines the challenges and opportunities presented by the move towards a low carbon transport future and celebrates some of the achievements of automotive engineering over the past 50 years.

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Carbon Capture: Under Pressure

19 May 2010

To achieve global targets for reducing CO2 emissions, carbon abated clean coal technologies (CATs) will be required for retrofit to existing power plant and installation on new build power plant. Improved cycle efficiency and biomass co-firing will reduce CO2 emissions per unit of electricity generated, but to
achieve much larger reductions, up to 90%, there will be a need for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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82nd Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture: Offshore wind power - the challenges ahead

18 May 2010

This year's Thomas Lowe Gray lecture will be presented by Jim Smith, Director of Offshore Operations, Scottish and Southern Energy.

The lecture will start at 18:00 and refreshments will be available from 17:15. Booking is required for this lecture.

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BBC London: Kempton Steam Engine Heritage Award

14 May 2010

BBC London news clip: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers presents Kempton Great Engines with a Heritage Award for its services to the city and in recognition of its unique engineering excellence.

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Railway Division AGM

13 May 2010

Railway Division AGM

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Railway Division Young Engineers - Presentations Competition Final

13 May 2010

Come along to support our Young Engineers and discover what the next generation are doing.


The top three presenters from the regional heats will battle it out at this final for £1500 prize fund.



Refreshments served from 5.30, the lecture will start at 6pm prompt.


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Industry insights

12 May 2010

Discover what the eight different engineering sectors are really like. For each industry sector, you’ll find out what’s involved on a day to day basis, what sort of projects you might work on and what the challenges of the future entail.

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London's Tidal Flood Risk Management System

12 May 2010

This talk will explain and describe London's Tidal Flood Risk Management Scheme which protects London against tidal flooding covering historical context, past experience, the present day, and future plans

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IRSE AGM

23 April 2010

IRSE AGM

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IRSE Lecture - Presidential Address

23 April 2010

IRSE Lecture - Presidential Address

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Keith Millard talking about our Manifesto and manufacturing to BBC Midlands

16 April 2010

Keith Millard, president of IMechE, and Miles Pixley of JCB talking about our Manifesto and manufacturing to BBC Midlands

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The effects of volcanic ash on aeroplane engines

15 April 2010

Dr Colin Brown, IMechE Director of Engineering, discusses the effects of volcanic ash on aeroplane engines.

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Heritage Award

10 April 2010

BBC footage of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Heritage Award

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Delivering a Gold Medal Project - Building the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Management Challenge Lecture

24 March 2010

This lecture explores the challenges that management face in delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the critical success factors in appropriately planning and delivering on London 2012’s commitments.

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Stephen Tetlow's debate on on Geo-Engineering

18 March 2010

Stephen Tetlow, engaged in debate with Sir David King on Geo-Engineering

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45th John Player Lecture: The Challenges of “Deep”

15 March 2010

Presented by:
Professor Richard Chaplin

The majority of rope applications are safety critical where failure can cause loss of life, damage and disruption. Those applications which involve great depth are amongst the most challenging.

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I'm a control engineer: ask me what I do

11 March 2010

UKACC and Mechatronics Forum Prestige Lecture, given by Professor Ian Postlethwaite, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University, commencing at 6:30pm. 



"What do you do?"

"I’m a control engineer."

"That’s interesting; have you tried the black forest gateau?"

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Nuclear Build: A Vote of no confidence?

10 March 2010

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has published its latest report: Nuclear Build: A Vote of no Confidence? which outlines the main concerns by industry and recommends a number of ways in which both sides could reduce the confidence gap.

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Telecommunications and Signalling in India

10 March 2010

Speaker: Anshul Gupta, RailTel India

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Passengers, Procurement and Product Development – The Supply Chain for a Successful Railway

08 March 2010

This lecture is free and open to all. Refreshments are available from 5.15, the lecture will start at 6pm prompt.

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Liquefied Natural Gas – the chain and how it works

25 February 2010

The LNG projects are often likened to a chain consisting of interlinking components i.e. production, liquefaction, transport by sea, receiving and regasification.  This lecture aims to describe the components of the chain and give some insights into the technology and the commercial aspects of how the chain works.  From this, the relevance to the UK will be explained.



This lecture is free and open to all.  Refreshments 17.30 - Lecture 18.00

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A Joined up Railway: Procuring An Integrated Rail System in Scotland

22 February 2010

The presentation will explain how the consideration of train service, rolling stock and infrastructure specifications as a complete system is necessary in order to best value for money in pursuit of promoting sustainable economic growth. The link from purpose, through an integrated system specification to engineering decisions will be illustrated with Scottish examples.

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BBC2 Scotland

17 February 2010

BBC2 Scotland

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Control Systems - Are Rail and Air so Different?

10 February 2010

Lecture

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Level Crossings in the Netherlands

13 January 2010

Lecture given by Jeroen Nederlof, Prorail

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97th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Powering the Future

14 December 2009

This year’s Thomas Hawksley lecture will be presented by Paul Willson, Deputy Director of Generation for international engineering consultancy, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Paul is also the principal author of Powering the Future, a detailed and hard-hitting report by Parsons Brinckerhoff which focuses on the impact of meeting the UK Government’s carbon reduction targets for 2050 and highlights critical steps for tackling CO2 reduction.

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Water: A Glass Half Full or a Glass Half Empty?

30 November 2009

The south east of England is now officially ‘water stressed’ and something drastically different from traditional solutions is required in the near future from water engineers. This lecture will review the questions from both strategic and local perspectives. The discussion will put in context some answers for the future engineering of water infrastructure.



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Climate Change - Have We Lost the Battle?

26 November 2009

If climate change is one of the biggest threats to mankind and our planet, what can we as engineers do about it? Do we have the right strategy to win this war or is it simply too late?  The Chairman of the Young Members’ Board, Jonathan Hursthouse, invites you to the climate change question time debate.



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Taking up the Gauntlet – TfL’s Strategy for Sustainability & Environment on London's Rail Networks

23 November 2009

Sir Seymour Biscoe Tritton Prestige Lecture presented by Ian Brown BSc FCILT,Managing Director, London Rail, Transport for London

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Signalling, have we lost the plot?

11 November 2009

Eddie Goddard, LUL, discussing British Trains

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Guest Lecture - 'Community Engineering' Is What We Really Need

10 November 2009

Professor Heinz Wolff, Emeritus Professor, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering presents a guest lecture on Community Engineering as part of "Engineering for the Ageing Population: Challenges & Opportunities"

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James Clayton Memorial Lecture 2009: Sustainable Engineering or Engineering Sustainability? – Challenges for Multi-Disciplinary Innovation

19 October 2009

Professor Jeremy Watson, Global Research Director, Arup will present some key ideas for sustainability enabled by multi-disciplinary engineering.

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Sustaining Our Future by Rebuilding Our Past - 2009 ASHRAE Lecture

15 October 2009

ASHRAE President Gordon Holness will focus his presentation on sustaining our future by rebuilding our past, addressing energy efficiency in existing buildings.

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Moving Tube Heritage Railways Division Heritage Lecture

12 October 2009

Looking at the Heritage Trains on the London Underground in the past decades.

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Chairman's Address: What has Formula One ever done for us?

01 October 2009

The 2009 Chairman's Address focussed on how F1 techniques can be applied to speed development, encourage innovation, deliver complex projects on time and make a profit.

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In at the Deep End - a review of the move into deepwater oil exploration and the technology challenges facing the industry

30 September 2009

John Baxter, Group Head of Engineering, BP, reviews the engineering challenges as oil exploration and production moves from fixed platforms on the continental shelf to floating structures in deep water. 

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Interoperability, Europe and Morris Dancing

28 September 2009

Presented by: Chris Carr, Deputy Director, Department for Transport

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Railway Division Chairman's Address Bridging the Gap - Industry and Academia in Harmony

14 September 2009

Presented by Professor Roger Goodall this years address will follow up on the message from the chairman last year 'The Importance of Engineering Science', in particular focussing upon the need for strong links between industry and the 'science base' (principally the universities). Ideas and techniques are being generated by universities that are applicable to the railways; equally there are issues in the industry to which universities can contribute.

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Geo-engineering media coverage

02 September 2009

Broadcast coverage from the IMechE's Geo-Engineering Report.

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IMechE talks to BBC London Tonight on the city’s power cuts

22 July 2009

IMechE talks to BBC London Tonight on the city’s power cuts

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Nissan Battery Investment

20 July 2009

Dr Colin Brown speaks on Nissan's plans to manufacture batteries at its Sunderland car plant.

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Formula Student 2009

16 July 2009

105 universities from 20 countries across 5 categories. Watch the action from this year’s Formula Student competition at Silverstone.

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Engineer profile: Alice Younge

01 July 2009

Alice Younge, PhD student at Imperial College London, talks about her research in biomechanical engineering.

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Engineer profile: Ben Truman

01 July 2009

Ben Truman, Actuation Systems Engineer at Goodrich, discusses the development of braking systems for Airbus aircraft.

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Engineer profile: Joanna Gleeson

01 July 2009

Joanna Gleeson, Maintenance Engineer at Corus Steelworks, talks about energy conservation.

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Engineer profile: Steven Chan

01 July 2009

Steven Chan, Project engineer for Tube Lines on the London Underground

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Tribology Gold Medal

09 June 2009

Prof. Colin Brown talks about the Tribology Gold Medal Award.

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Lessons from GE19: Essential Engineering Questions

02 June 2009

Presented by Martin Brown, the Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Transport for London, this lecture will provide an insight into the investigation undertaken after the collapse of the GE19 bridge. It will provide a chance to debate the issues relating to the reasons for failure and the lessons learnt. Additionally, it will examine the barriers that exist to the application of fundamental engineering principles within innovative design.

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Annual Meeting and Presidential Address "Managing to Improve the World Through Engineering"

27 May 2009

Keith H Millard CEng FIMechE presented the Presidential Address on the subject of "Managing to Improve the World Through Engineering"

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LNG: The UK’s Future

21 May 2009

PRESSURE SYSTEMS GROUP PRESTIGE LECTURE

Supported by the Tyne and Wear Young Members Panel
This evening lecture presented by Paul Maynard, Whessoe Oil & Gas will provide an introduction to the global LNG market and examine the UK’s current market position.

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Aircraft Carriers for the Future - 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture

13 May 2009

The 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by RAdm Nigel Guild. In the Centenary year of Naval Aviation, the lecture will take a look at the evolution of aircraft carriers, studying their past, present and future.

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The London Tideway Tunnels

05 May 2009

A major Thames Water project – the London Tideway Tunnels – is set to make the River Thames cleaner and healthier.

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Climate Change Question Time

29 April 2009

The Institution hosted its first ever question time debate on climate change at its One Birdcage Walk headquarters on 29 April. The debate discussed how we should tackle the greatest environmental challenge of our time.

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Delivering the Glendoe Hydro Electric Scheme

28 April 2009

This lecture by Jim Smith of Airtricity discusses the recently commissioned 100MW Glendoe Hydro Electric scheme, providing an insight into the design and construction process involved in delivering the project.

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Is Rail a Viable Mode of Transport for the 21st Century? - Sir Seymour Biscoe Tritton lecture

27 April 2009

A view on where rail needs to improve if it is to have a successful future, looking at actual costs, reliability and carbon performance, and how technology and better knowledge management could improve the railway’s service.

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IRSE Presidential Address

24 April 2009

The inauguration of Frans Heijnen as the President of the IRSE.

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'Green Skills' - IMechE, National Skills Academy for Manufacturing and Warwick Manufacturing Group Inaugural Lecture

21 April 2009

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya KB CBE discusses how through creating a symbiotic relationship between Academia and industry we can at once grow the economy and preserve the environment.

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Climate Change: Adapting to the Inevitable report

13 April 2009

IMechE makes the headlines with its Climate Change: Adapting to the Inevitable report.

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Nuclear Power - from Last Gasp to Second Wind (Management Challenge Lecture 2009)

24 March 2009

The lecture will review the tumultuous changes taking place in the nuclear industry; from its enthusiastic beginnings, through the darker days and on to the current resurgence.

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IMechE's vision: Improving the world through engineering

20 March 2009

Engineering is something of a hidden success story in the UK. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is increasing awareness by taking a positive, inspiring message into schools and out to the media. This video communicates our vision and highlights the work of some of our 78,000 members.

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44th John Player Lecture - Meeting the Challenge: A380, A350XWB and Beyond

18 March 2009

This presentation explores how Airbus engineers rose to the challenge of developing structural solutions that balanced these often conflicting needs, culminating in the most successful entry into service ever for a commercial aircraft.

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ERTMS Infrastructure - the Spanish Experience

11 March 2009

In the last 20 years, Spain has modernised its commuter lines in the major cities as well as developed new high-speed lines linking these cities.

This presentation describes progress towards meeting those two laudable objectives.

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S Stock - A New Train for London's Sub-Surface Railway

09 March 2009

The presentation outlines the key features of the S Stock design, in particular the innovative features being introduced onto London's Sub-Surface Railway.

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Benefits of Volunteering With Schools

02 March 2009

The benefits of volunteering for schools.

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Business in the Community

02 March 2009

An overview of the benefits of encouraging volunteering within a company culture.

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The Ambassador Programme - a Brief Overview

02 March 2009

The Ambassador programme - a brief overview.

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Volunteers in School - A Teacher's Perspective

02 March 2009

Fiona Abankwah, Deputy Head teacher of Hornsey School for Girls outlines the importance and expectations of volunteers in the classroom.

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Young Members - Benefits of Volunteering

02 March 2009

Having managed the Cooling the Planet Competition Chris provided an overview of the benefits of getting involved.

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Developing Great People (Hugh Ford Management Lecture)

18 February 2009

What do you think makes your business successful? What does 'great' mean? What drives people to be great - is it nature or nurture?

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ERTMS Opportunities in the UK

16 February 2009

What is ERTMS? Where is it being used? Why do we want it? Can we afford it? Where are we? What are we planning? Issues and opportunities.

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Flight 1549, Hudson Plane Crash (January 2008)

05 February 2009

Flight 1549, Hudson Plane Crash

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Renewable Energy and Energy from Waste

29 January 2009

Renewable Energy and Energy from Waste

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Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation Lecture - The History of Another Dimension - 50 Years of Bentley's V8 Engine

22 January 2009

Dr Ulrich Eichhorn's lecture covers the original design and development of the Bentley V8 engine, from its introduction in 1959 through to its present day form in the newly launched Bentley Brooklands coupe.

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Recreating the Whitby and Pickering Railway

19 January 2009

Philip Benham discusses how North Yorkshire Moors Railway brought a regular train service back between the towns of Pickering, becoming the first heritage railway licensed to run trains on Network Rail.

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The Use and Misuse of SIL

14 January 2009

Find out why anomalies in the interpretation of SIL have led to a misunderstanding and misuse of the concept.

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Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture (2008)

10 December 2008

The annual IMechE Arnold Barks Christmas lecture.

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Engineering the Future in a Climate of Change - Automobile Chairman's Address

10 December 2008

Climate change challenges automotive engineers. In his Chairman's Address Prof. Richard Folkson discusses energy alternatives and looks at automotive solutions and opportunities.

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Towards High Speed 2 - The 96th Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture

08 December 2008

The launch of High Speed 1 has transformed travel between the UK and continental Europe, significantly reducing journey times and encouraging phenomenal growth in travellers from across the UK regions.

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Green Tariffs versus Green Wash

01 December 2008

Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive of The Good Energy Group PLC explains what "green tariffs" mean and what their effect on the total installed capacity of renewable generation is. She explores the conflicts with ROCS and what difference the new feed-in tariffs will make.

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Marine Energy Report

28 November 2008

A radio broadcast on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Marine Energy Report - Taking Scotland's Reputation for Engineering Innovation into the 21st Century.

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Hybrid Traction Systems - What's In Store for the Future of Train Propulsion?

24 November 2008

This lecture outlines the energy and carbon challenges for UK transport, and rail in particular, a topic highly relevant to the industry from both a cost and environmental standpoint.

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Preserving the Engineering Capability for the Future of the Aerospace Industry in the North of England - 3rd Annual Northern Aerospace Forum

30 October 2008

Preserving the Engineering Capability for the Future of the Aerospace Industry in the North of England - 3rd Annual Northern Aerospace Forum

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Can engineers solve the Italian Job?

24 October 2008

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Greenpower at the Goodwood Finals

20 October 2008

IMechE Greenpower supports the finals of the electric car race for schools at Goodwood.

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Maintain to Sustain - Delivering ASHRAE's Sustainability Promise

09 October 2008

This Presidential Lecture focuses on operating buildings to deliver the energy efficiency inherent in their design, including effective commissioning, improved documentation, and programs to educate and certify building operators.

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Synthetic Methanol as a Sustainable Transport Fuel

24 September 2008

It is now widely accepted that we must take substantial action if we are to avoid disastrous consequences of climate change driven by man-made CO2 emissions. This factor, combined with concerns over the geopolitical distribution of remaining oil reserves is forcing us to consider alternatives to fossil fuels and this lecture examines some of the possibilities.

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The Importance of Engineering Science - What Did We Do With It, Where Is It Now and Where Will It Go?

15 September 2008

During the privatisation process the railway turned its back on engineering science. Short term pragmatism ruled and engineering science was seen as unimportant to the individually privatised companies. It was not until the dreadful accidents of the 1997-2000 period that a pan-industry approach to research was re-initiated.

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Heritage Award: Lightning Jet Fighter

14 September 2008

ITV Granada coverage of the Lightning Heritage Award.

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Channel Tunnel Fire (11 September 2008)

11 September 2008

Sky News interviews Dr Colin Brown.

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Eco Car Race, Aintree: North West Tonight

10 September 2008

Eco Car Race, Aintree: North West Tonight

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Heathrow Air Crash

29 August 2008

Heathrow Air Crash

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Madrid Air Crash 2008

29 August 2008

Madrid Air Crash

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Formula Student 2008

20 July 2008

Formula Student is about building future engineering talent by designing and producing a single-seater racing car, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment.

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CTRL: Progress and Introduction

21 April 2008

The talk is organised with elements of both Infrastructure and Rolling Stock aspects, so as to provide an overall system view of the CTRL Project. It will examine the geography and constraints of construction of high speed line in the Southeast of England and the operation of the line.

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Getting the Best Out of Britain's Nuclear Workhorses

01 April 2008

The AGR design is unique to the UK and a considerable amount of development work has been required over the years to underpin safe, reliable, operation. This paper outlines a brief history of nuclear power in the UK; highlights some of the challenges which have been encountered along the way, and gives examples of the significant improvements in performance of the nuclear fleet over recent years.

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The Greatest Railway Journey in the World?

15 January 2008

This lecture looks at the history of the line with its troubled and protracted gestation and short-lived existence through to the magnificent reconstruction now being undertaken. The title is justified not just by the eventual travel the new railway will provide and the spectacular scenery it passes through but in the engineering and conception of the scheme to revive it.

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Skills Shortage for Nuclear Engineers

10 January 2008

Skills Shortage for Nuclear Engineers

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Feeding the Tigers

18 December 2007

Feeding the Tigers explores the development of some of Asia's automotive tigers and considers the influence that the UK automotive industry has had over their formative years. It will also review the current state of their automotive industries, the influencing factors and ambitions and considers possible future scenarios when the tigers eventually come of age.

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Energy for Transport - 95th Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture

17 December 2007

Nearly all our transport is fuelled by the burning of hydrocarbons. Thus transport is the largest single producer of CO2 and curbing its growth presents an enormous challenge to society at large and our political masters. Great hope is placed on the role of technology for 'decarbonising' transport.

This lecture outlines and discusses the technologies which may help in the next few decades, together with some of the policy measures which are becoming increasingly necessary.

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Mechatronic Trains - What Might They Do For Railways?

29 November 2007

The lecture begins with an overview of mechatronic possibilities for railway vehicles, focussed upon the application to suspensions and bogies. The main technical options will be identified, and the current state-of-the-art summarised by describing some recent developments.

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Formula Student 2007

01 November 2007

Formula Student is about building future engineering talent by designing and producing a single-seater racing car, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment.

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2nd Annual Northern Aerospace Forum

31 October 2007

2nd Annual Northern Aerospace Forum

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Technical Harmonisation of European Railways

11 October 2007

This lecture will question whether the technical harmonisation of European railways is a necessary process for the borderless operations an open market,or a threat to innovation and competitiveness.

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The Unknown Risk is the Infinite Risk

11 June 2007

This lecture proposes a different approach to risk management and mitigation, based on an integrated view of the entire risk context and suggesting a methodology which will take in the entire range of threats and hazards which face the modern enterprise.

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Presidents Address - Energy For Life

05 June 2007

This lecture argues that we need energy sources with high output (such as coal, oil, nuclear etc) but with little to zero emissions and that the energy supply challenges faced by the world will be met by a diverse combination of nuclear, clean fossil, solar and biomass fuels.

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The Importance of Safe Pressure Release - Analysis of Key Issues Using International Examples From 1974 to 1992

01 May 2007

This presentation illustrates and analyses key safety issues, with worldwide examples of incidents between 1974 and 1992.

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Formula Student 2006

18 April 2007

Formula Student is about building future engineering talent by designing and producing a single-seater racing car, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment.

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MX Awards 2007

18 April 2007

MX Awards 2007

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Delivering Train Systems on the Victoria Line - a PPP Project

16 April 2007

This presentation highlights Bombardier's approach to delivering their turnkey project to upgrade the Victoria Line. This will cover the integration of both train and signalling systems to replace the existing Victoria Line ATO and will include a detailed review of the new train design considering the particular requirements of the PPP and underground environment.

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Responding to Climate Change by Rethinking Urban Infrastructure, a Very Complex Challenge - Hugh Ford Management Lecture

11 April 2007

Peter Head, a world leader in sustainable development in cities. He will explore the radical approach that has been taken in China to design and deliver a new paradigm of urban development in response to climate
change.

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All Change - Managing a Changing Railway

29 March 2007

This lecture, presented by John Armitt, discusses the challenges of managing a changing railway, along with the organisational and culture change programme he has led in his five years as Chief Executive of Network Rail. John considers the challenges of the future in the next phase of Network Rail's change programme.

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Creating the World's Fastest Diesel - the Story of the JCB Dieselmax Project

21 March 2007

This presentation focuses on the JCB DieselMax project from its conception through to the establishment and implementation of the full engineering project which culminated in achieving the World Record of 350mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, on 23 August 2006.

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New Trains for London Overground - The East London Line Project

12 March 2007

This lecture provides overview of the project and the design of the new Rolling Stock. It will describe the factors that defined the specification and selection of the new trains, showing the areas where an existing product platform has been adapted to meet the particular needs of a new metro system for London, and the engineering challenges that have arisen.

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Clean Zero Emission Geopressure

06 March 2007

The presentation describes what geo-pressure is and the current status of global initiatives.

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Delivering a World Class Railway

12 February 2007

In recent years, Network Rail has delivered a substantially better railway to Britain and has learnt vital lessons to deliver the major investments required in the future. Iain Coucher will describe how Network Rail is building on its current success to move the organisation up a gear and be even more effective to deliver a world class railway.

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MX Awards 2006

18 April 2006

MX Awards 2006

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