Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Railway Division Young Engineers - Presentations Competition Final

13 May 2010

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

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.

Following the young engineers presentations, there will be a guest presentation on Systems Engineering by Clive Burrows, Group Engineering Director, First Group.

Further information about the guest talk will be available soon.

Meet the finalists -

Following the regional heats, the finalists for this years event are:

Amanda White, Network Rail

“Catenary vs. Conductor Beam”

A summary of the findings of my thesis ‘Overhead Line – Catenary Vs. Conductor Beam’ focussing on the Edinburgh Case Study. I describe my physical testing using a new conductor beam installation and the Network Rail measurement train, and explain the impact of moving to a stiffer overhead system on the pantograph. This whole system comparison, with a technical twist should give you a taster of the challenges faced in the world of electrification.

Amanda graduated from Leeds University in 2003 joining Network Rail as a trainee Electrification Engineer. As part of her training she completed the MSc in Rail Systems Engineering and after a short stint in maintenance, moved into her current role of Senior Schemes Design Specialist in London.

Lawrence Walton, Network Rail

'Deep, Dark and Damp - Draining the Severn tunnel'

This presentation will look at one of Britain’s most interesting and unusual railway assets; including the history of the difficult conception of the tunnel, highlighting the details of the current technology used to keep it operational and discussing the future challenges faced by the tunnel.

Lawrence studied Engineering Science at University College, Oxford University specialising in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, graduating in 2009. He then started the Network Rail engineering graduate training scheme, and is currently involved with the advanced works for Crossrail.

Lawrence Gilby, Network Rail

“Life Extension for Westbury North Junction”

This presentation will look at the infrastructure life extension works carried out at Westbury North Junction during January 2010. This will include the scoping of all components requiring renewal, the planning of a safe and efficient worksite, and examples of the on-site decision making process.

Lawrence graduated with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath in 2008. He then joined the Network Rail Graduate Scheme, completing placements with High Output Track Renewals, the Reading Station Area Redevelopment and Westbury Track Maintenance.


Railway Division Young Members - Papers Competition Final

: Railway Division Young Members

Duration: 100 minutes