The 2021-22 Lectures and Site Visits

Due to the current status of Covid-19 and reduction in restrictions, we will endeavour to hold lectures on Penryn Campus. However, should circumstances change, there may be disruptions, and we will keep you informed of any alterations to the programme as and when they occur. The lectures, unless otherwise indicated, will take place in the Chapel Theatre and commence at 6.30pm. Please arrive in good time to be seated ahead of 6.30pm. Parking is free on the campus during these times.

Lectures

Thursday 14 October 2021, 6.30pm

GEOTHERMAL DEEP HEAT FROM CORNISH GRANITES – by Mr Chris Dalby, PhD Student, CSM

Chris will discuss why Cornwall has the hottest rocks in the UK, and how this leads to the deep geothermal projects at United Downs and the Eden Project.

Thursday 28 October 2021, 6.30pm

SURVEY ASPECTS OF HINKLEY POINT CONSTRUCTION by Mr James Rolland, Balfour Beatty

James’ discussion will cover the role of survey in the Balfour Beatty HPC tunnels project: How survey has been utilised during the construction of the HPC tunnels and associated works

  • Understanding where we are
  • Importance of stable control
  • Selection of equipment and software
  • Insuring the checks and balances are carried out
  • The sheer variety of work of an engineering surveyor is involved with throughout the project

Thursday 18 November 2021, 6.30pm – The 18th Annual Victor Philips Memorial Lecture

MINING IS ESSENTIAL AND THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT IT! by Mr Tim Biggs (formerly Head of Mining, Deloitte)

Mining is essential. We use the products of mining for everything, every day. In fact it is reasonable to say that mining is the world’s most important industry, after agriculture, and even modern agriculture couldn’t function without metals. The sustainability agenda, and particularly the energy transition, makes mining even more essential. Unfortunately, mining also has an image problem. There is, in broader society, a widespread lack of understanding, indeed often a misunderstanding, about the essential nature of mining. There is little appreciation for its complexity, its difficulties and its challenges, and there is almost no appreciation for the part mining plays in enabling sustainability. We need to change this. The industry needs the support and understanding of society so miners can most effectively get on with the task of developing and running mines and producing all the metals the world needs. We also need to ensure an accurate understanding of mining if we are to attract the next generations of mining professionals to this most essential of industries.

Thursday 9 December 2021, 6.00pm – Upper Stannary

MINING QUIZ – hosted by Mr Nick Eastwood (CIE President)

A quiz of questions of general knowledge, mining and Cornwall. Free Entry. Teams of four can be entered, or turn up on the night to make up a team. Prizes for winners, runners-up and “best effort”. All welcome.

THE FOLLOWING LECTURE IS POSTPONED DUE TO CURRENT “WORK AT HOME RESTRICTIONS”

Thursday 13 January 2022, 6.30pm

SOUTHWEST NATURAL POWERHOUSE – A panel discussion from the Natural Powerhouse Group

A panel discussion with members of the Natural Powerhouse Group – from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, Cornwall Council, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Geoscience and Cornish Lithium.

Natural assets like the wind, critical minerals and heat lie at the heart of the journey to net zero and the Green Industrial Revolution. The Southwest has these in abundance and a joined up approach to their development is vital.

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/the-natural-powerhouse

Thursday 17 February 2022, 6.30pm

LECTURE AND SPEAKER TBC

Thursday 10 March 2022, 6.30pm – in The Immersive Business Centre – The Annual Don Dixon Memorial Lecture

EXPLORING DIGITIAL TECHNOLOGIES introduced by Dr Matt Eyre, Senior Lecturer, CSM

This will be an introduction to the Deep Digital Cornwall Project and Immersive Business Research projects on the Penryn Campus. Attendees will have hands-on experience with various VR/MR and AR technologies at Immersive Business and experience the visualisation suite at Deep Digital Cornwall. Both projects are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to build business capacity in digital technologies in the Southwest.

Thursday 24 March 2022, 6.30pm

MARINE MINING – A Women in Mining Panel discussion

Thursday 7 April 2022, 6.30pm – A joint lecture with IET and IMechE Cornwall

BLUE ABYSS PROJECT, NEWQUAY by Peter Hodkin, Project Director

The Blue Abyss will be an exceptional research centre, based in Cornwall at the Aerohub Enterprise Zone near to Newquay airport. It is planned to start construction soon. The centre will become a considerable facility for research, training and development of work in extreme environments, including aerospace, astronaut, offshore energy, underwater robotics, life sciences, defence, and the space sectors. The Blue Abyss will incorporate a deep water pool 40m x 50m, depth 50m (164 feet) at its centre, plus all associated engineering facilities to allow simulation working in environments such as space or deep underwater. The lecture will introduce aspects of the design and construction for this major piece of infrastructure. See https://blueabyss.uk/ for details.

Thursday 28 April 2022, 6.30pm – THE CIE AGM, Followed by:

THE EVOLVING ROLE OF NEAR-SURFACE GEOPHYSICS by Mr Neil Wood, CSM

These days, few planned medical procedures proceed without some form of diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray, MRI, CT and so forth. Geophysics is getting better at giving us a view of the ground near-surface prior to civil engineering work, yet it’s potential is frequently under-exploited. This talk takes a look at the benefits and pitfalls of modern geophysics for site investigation.

VISITS

April 2022 (day and time TBC) 2022

ROSEVALE MINE

Set in a beautiful and unspoiled rural location overlooking the sea, near the village of Zennor, Rosevale Mine forms a unique part of the country’s mining heritage. This privately funded restoration project has been undertaken over the past 40 years by a small group of volunteers using traditional methods and materials to preserve the underground workings as an authentic Cornish tin mine. The visit will involve some physical activity, ie climbing ladders.

May 2022 (day and time TBC)

CORNWALL AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE

The site contains historic Jet Fighters and Bombers in an ex-Royal Airforce hardened aircraft shelter hangar. Jets from the 1940’s, ’50’s, ’60’s, ’70’s, and ’80’s. Exhibits include an immense VC10 in-flight refuelling tanker and V-Bomber training aircraft. Volunteer guides are on hand to explain all about the exhibits.

May 2022 (day and time TBC)

TEAGLE FARM MACHINERY, ST AGNES

Teagle is a market-leading British manufacturer and global distributor of robust, reliable and precision-made Agricultural machinery. With a continual investment plan toward product development and manufacturing technology, whilst still holding true to the value of good honest customer service, Teagle continues to keep “British built” agricultural machinery at the forefront of the industry.

About the CIE

Formed in 1913 as the Cornish Institution of Mining, Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering, later becoming the CIE as activities expanded. Engineering today covers an enormous field. Our aims remain the same; the advancement of all branches and the exchange of information by providing a platform for the presentation of papers. Academic qualifications are not a pre-requisite for membership – simply an interest in engineering. Camborne School of Mines have kindly hosted our website at https://www.ex.ac.uk/cornwall/academic_departments/csm/ Type “CIE” in the search box and you should find us. This provides all information on the Institute. Membership subscription is currently £10 per annum. Non members are most welcome to attend any of our events and are encouraged, but not obliged, to join.