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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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