Cornish Institute of Engineers
The Cornish Institute of Engineers was founded in 1913 as the Cornish Institution of Mining, Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering, with the aim to advance all branches of engineering and promote the exchange of information and ideas.
The Institute maintains a continuous programme of high quality lectures and events for members as well as the general public and to encourage young people to consider this career path.
The annual subscription for membership is £10.00 payable on 1 January. Academic qualifications are not a prerequisite for membership, but an interest in engineering is essential.
Lecture programme 2017/2018
Lectures are held in the Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE unless otherwise stated.
2017 AGM followed by 'Mine Project in Kibali Mine DRC'
Thursday 12th October 2017 6pm
James Jobling-Purser, 3DMSi
Surveying & modelling the abandoned underground Belgian workings at Kibali gold mine in 3D.
Tuesday 26th October 2017 6pm (Daphne du Maurier Lecture Theatre A)
Mike Proudfoot, Marine Minerals
This company is raising money for a full-scale EIA with a view to dredging off the North Coast of Cornwall.
The 16th Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture: 'Mining Industry...What Mining Industry?
Tuesday 7th November 2017 6pm (Daphne du Maurier Lecture Theatre A&B)
Paul Bradley, Head of the Energy Division, HSE
Current and future mining developments that demonstrate the continuing vital industry in the UK.
Thursday 12th December 2017 6pm (The Stannary Refectory Area)
Hosted by Nick Eastwood
Teams of four - contact the Secretary to take part.
The Annual Don Dixon Memorial Lecture: 'Water Pumps'
Thursday 11th January 2018 6pm
Tom Clifford, Riventa Ltd
The use of specially designed electronics and sensors for pump monitoring for applications in the water industry.
'The York Potash Project'
Thursday 15th February 2018 6pm
Matt Wilmot, Chief Planning Engineer, Sirius Minerals Ltd
A new polyhalite mine, located in North Yorkshire, with a plan to produce 20 million tonnes per year, with a 23-mile underground high-speed conveyor to the minerals handling facility to minimise impact upon the National Park.
'South Crofty Tin Mine - Advancing towards production'
Tuesday 27th March 2018 6pm
Owen Mihalop, Strongbow Exploration Inc.
The economic case for re-opening and next steps towards production.
2018 AGM followed by 'Jubilee Pool refurbishment - restoring the jewel in Penzance's crown'
Tuesday 12th April 2018 6pm
Robin Andrew & Alan Ibbotson, Cormac
The history of the pool and recent restoration. There is a real opportunity the pool can be heated by geothermal energy.
Visits 2017 / 2018
Please contact the Secretary to book.
Penzance, Long Rock Depot extension
Saturday 27th January 2018 (time tbc)
Nigel Blackler, Head of transport at Cornwall Council
Friday 6th April 2018 12pm & 2pm
Owen Mihalop, Strongbow Exploration Inc.
The Jubilee Pool
Thursday 3rd May 2018 4pm
Rob Andrew, Cormac
Chapel Lecture Theatre - from car parks, proceed past the lower end of the long building to the building with an arced roof.
Daphne du Maurier Building, Lecture Theatre A – take the sloped path opposite the main campus reception. Lecture Theatre A is through the door.
To give a brief overview, the Institute's executive consists of: President with Senior and Junior Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary together with up to 15 council members. Normally around seven lecture meetings are held each year monthly on Thursday evenings and Autumn and Spring industrial visits may be undertaken.
The Cornish Institute of Engineers is not a professional institution in itself and there are no qualifying membership requirements except an interest in engineering, although as a local society affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining some activities may count towards professional aspects of IMMM membership (that must be taken up separately).
Present subscription is kept low at £10 per year commencing in January.
We can say that we are the oldest and only Institute in Cornwall maintaining a continuous programme of lectures of very high quality, and present attendances of members and guests has been very encouraging.
Meetings are advertised in all library branches, many industrial companies, the local weekly press, the Morning News, the County archive, What’s on in Cornwall, Radio Cornwall, Cornwall Independent Radio, and on the CSM website.