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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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