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 2019/20
Lectures, unless otherwise indicated, will take place in the Chapel Theatre, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall.
Please check the lecture details carefully for alternative lecture theatres. Directions to the campus can be found at the end of this programme.
Thursdays 6:00pm to 8:00pm, October 2019 to April 2020
Thursday 10 October 2019, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
'TUNNELLING AT HINKLEY POINT' - Charlotte Dickinson, TBM Shift Manager, Balfour Beatty at HPC
Charlotte will give an overview of the tunnelling methodologies she has been involved with over the past six years whilst working on major projects within the UK.
Thursday 24 October 2019, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
'WOODHOUSE COLLIERY PROJECT' - Mark Kirkbride, CEO, West Cumbria Mining
Development of a new UK mine to produce high quality metallurgical coal for the steel industry.
FRIDAY 15 November 2019, 7:00pm - The Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture and reception
TITLE TBC - Mark Cutifani, CEO Anglo American
TUESDAY 19 November 2019, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
'MINERS ON TOUR' - Student Talk
Talks from the 3rd year mining engineering students following their summer adventures. The talks will include a diverse range of placements from an international and UK mining standpoint.
Thursday 5 December 2019, 6:00pm
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL & QUIZ - Upper Stannary, Daphne Du Maurier Building - Nick Eastwood, CIE
A Mining Quiz and social evening - teams to be allocated on the evening. Please inform the Secretary if you coming so that we can estimate numbers.
Thursday 9 January 2020, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
The Annual Don Dixon Lecture, joint with the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Speaker to be confirmed
Thursday 6 February 2020, 6:30pm
GEOTHERMAL UPDATE AND NETWORKING DRINKS - Including speakers from United Downs, Eden, and Kensa Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat and power are important sources of renewable energy for Cornwall. This evening will provide updates from some of the exciting projects underway in the region and then a chance to discuss more informally in the Upper Stannary afterwards.
Thursday 27 February 2020, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
'MAKING TAILINGS SAFE' - Women in Mining (UK) Panel Discussion
Karen Hudson-Edwards, Prof of Sustainable Mining CSM, Lucy Crane, WIM (UK), Richard Elmer, Knight Piesold, Morwenna Rogers, Paterson & Cooke
A panel discussion on traditional and novel methods for making tailings dams safer, and for reducing the potentially negative environmental effects of tailings on ecosystems and humans.
Thursday 26 March 2020, 6pm for 6.30pm
TITLE TBC - Charlie Adcock, Event Horizon
An engineering company with a specialisation in the use of explosive materials and experience in a wide range of fields from aerospace to explosive ordnance disposal and from demolition and salvage to special effects.
Thursday 9 April 2020, 6:00pm
The AGM will precede this talk, commencing at 5:30pm - All welcome
THE UNEXMIN PROJECT: ROBOT SUBMERSIBLES INVESTIGATE GEOLOGY AND INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN ECTON MINE, STAFFORDSHIRE - Stephen Henley, Resources Computing International Ltd
Submersibles developed in the EU Horizon 2020 UNEXMIN project have been used in Ecton Mine, one of the deepest 18th century copper mines but flooded since 1858, to help answer questions on its geology and history. All investigations were by imaging and non-contact instruments.
Saturday 21 September, 3:00pm
GWR LONG ROCK TRACTION MAINTENANCE DEPOT - Roger Chatfield, member, Engineering Team
The original depot, established by the Great Western Railway in the days of steam, has been renewed to a splendid state-of-the-art railway engineering workshop. Numbers will be limited to 20 for this visit. To book your place on this viist, please email: Adam Feldman - firstname.lastname@example.org
7 February 2020 - Time TBC
WHEAL JANE - Alison Allen, Technical Director
Wardell Armstrong Tour of the Earth Science Park to visit the businesses that have brought postmining regeneration to the site.
Saturday 25 April 2020, 10:30am
ROSEVALE MINE - Tony Bennett
View our Campus map for directions to the Penryn Campus - postcode: TR10 9FE
The Chapel Lecture Theatre is in 4 (building with an arced roof). Lecture Theatre A is in 2, Daphne du Maurier Building – walk up the sloped path near the red post box and follow signs.
Note that parking is normally available and free if arriving after 5pm. Non-members are most welcome at any of our events and are encouraged, but not obliged, to join.
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.