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 2018/2019
Lectures are held in the Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE unless otherwise stated.
President's Lecture: 'European Mining Regions - Competitors & Collaborators'
Thursday 11th October 2018 6pm
Professor Frances Wall, President
Two projects, REMIX and MIREU, are bringing together European mining regions to learn from each other and to promote expansion of mining-related businesses. This talk will compare Cornwall with other mining regions in Europe; strengths, weaknesses and lessons to be learned.
'The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project'
Thursday 25th October 2018 6pm
Peter Ledingham, MD GeoScience Ltd
Geothermal Engineering Ltd has secured funding from the ERDF and Cornwall Council to explore the geothermal resources beneath Cornwall. This is a first for the UK and a great opportunity for Cornwall once again to lead the way in the promotion of renewable energy.
The 17th Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture: 'Sirius Minerals North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project'
Thursday 8th November 2018 7pm (Daphne du Maurier Lecture Theatre A)
Graham Clarke, Operations Director Sirius Minerals plc
Sirius Minerals is developing the largest, highest grade resource of polyhalite to be found anywhere in the world. The Woodsmith underground mine is situated in the North York Moors National Park and will be connected to a handling facility on Teeside via a 37km underground mineral transport system.
'Miners on Tour'
Tuesday 20th November 2018 6pm
Luc Phillips, John Sanderson, Henry Wedlake, Scott Gregor, Sam Skinner (CSM students)
A talk on Open Pit Gold Mining in South America, Shaft Sinking in South Africa, Underground Gold Mining in Australia and Explosives Engineering in the UK
Thursday 13th December 2018 6pm (Upper Stannary)
Hosted by Nick Eastwood
Teams of four - contact the Secretary to take part.
The Annual Don Dixon Memorial Lecture: 'Electric Propulsion for Boats'
Thursday 10th January 2019 6pm (in association with IET and IMarEST)
Rachel Nicholls-Lee, Director Whiskerstay
The electric vessel market is in its infancy, with increasing fuel costs, legislation, regulation of emissions and consumer desire to be environmentally-friendly driving the market forward. Key challenges to the industry include the cost of replacing current vessels with electric/hybrid variants, the expense of battery technology and risk perception in the marine industry.
Thursday 7th February 2019 6pm
Please note this is a change to the published programme
Ian Falconer, Founder & CEO
A new kind of recycling company, whose innovative approach to marine plastics is drawing worldwide attention. The first installation is operating in support of the commercial fishing fleet in Newlyn, Cornwall, producing high-value nylon filament for use in 3D printing.
'Cornwall Update: Cornish Lithium, South Crofty & Redmoor'
Thursday 21st February 2019 6pm
Owen Mihalop (Strongbow), Lucy Crane (Cornish Lithium), Brett Grist (Cornwall Resources)
The speakers will update on the progress of these projects. To be followed by the Cornwall Mining Sundowner in the Upper Stannary Bar with opportunity for a wider discussion.
'Artisanal & Small Scale Mining'
Thursday 21st March 2019 6pm (in association with 'Women in Mining')
A panel discussion bringing together different perspectives on the subject.
2019 AGM followed by 'Sustainable technology-driven, whole-system approaches to small-scale mining in the 21st Century'
Thursday 11th April 2019 AGM 5.30pm followed by lecture at 6pm
Dr Kathryn Moore, Camborne School of Mines
The IMP@CT project is a small-scale, compartmentalised, whole systems mining approach for extraction and processing of critical metals that can respond rapidly to market fluctuations and opportunities. It is funded by an EU Horizon 2020 R&I programme.
Visits 2018 / 2019
Please contact the Secretary to book: email@example.com
United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project
Saturday 27th October 2018 2pm
Peter Ledingham, MD GeoScience Ltd
This will follow the lecture on Thursday 25th October. From its project site on the United Downs Industrial Estate, GEL is drilling two deep wells, one to a depth of 2,500m and the other to 4,500m,due to start at the end of September. The visit will include a presentation on the history of the project and current status, as well as a view of the drilling operation from the rooftop viewing platform.
Saturday 26th January 2019 10.30am
Rosevale Mine is a privately funded restoration project that has been carried out since the mid-1970s by a small group of mining enthusiasts, restoring the underground workings of this former tin mine. The tour of the workings will be conducted and supervised by experienced guides. The aim is to provide a personalised and informal tour that will allow people to see the techniques and equipment used for hard rock mining and to appreciate the working environment of a traditional Cornish mine.
Thursday 14th March 2019 6pm
PSY and the CIE are hosting a visit to PSY's facilities in Falmouth as part of an initiative to introduce young engineers to potential career opportunities within the marine sector. The event will be focused on college students making decisions on which subjects to select for A level. Numbers will be limited and RSVP will be essential for health & safety reasons.
Goonhilly Earth Station
Thursday 4th April 2019 Time tbc (contact Secretary)
The Goonhilly Earth Station is undergoing a renaissance under new ownership and is benefiting from significant investment, both from commercial and government-funded sources. Commercial satellite communications, both for media and industrial applications, are proliferating, providing a ready client list. Its iconic main antennae are being re-tasked as scientific instruments and new high-speed internet connections mean that one of Cornwall's best known technology sites is now fit for the 21st Century.
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 – approach the main long building ( known as 'Daphne du Maurier'), pass under the 'bridge' and take the sloped path opposite the campus Post Room. 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.
Professor Frances Wall
Mrs. Claire Yelland