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.

Review of Year 2018 – 2019

Thursday 11 October 2018, 6.00pm

PRESIDENT’S LECTURE: EUROPEAN MINING REGIONS – COMPETITORS & COLLABORATORS
Prof Frances Wall, CSM (Incoming CIE President)
Two projects, REMIX (www.interreg.remix.eu) and MIREU (www.mireu.eu) are bringing together European mining regions to learn from each other and promote expansion of mining-related businesses. This talk will compare Cornwall with other European mining regions – strengths, weaknesses and lessons we can learn.

Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.00pm
THE UNITED DOWNS DEEP GEOTHERMAL POWER PROJECT
Mr Peter Ledingham, MD, GeoScience Ltd
Geothermal Engineering Ltd has secured fund-ing from the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council to explore the geothermal resources beneath Cornwall. This is a first for the UK and a great opportunity for Cornwall to once again lead the way in the promotion of renewable energy.

Thursday 8 November 2018, *7:00pm (*Daphne Du Maurier Lecture Theatre A)
The Vic Philips Memorial Lecture:
SIRIUS MINERALS NORTH YORKSHIRE POLYHALITE PROJECT
Mr Graham Clarke, Operations Director, Sirius Minerals plc
Sirius Minerals are developing the largest, highest grade resource of polyhalite to be found anywhere in the world. The Woodsmith underground mine is situated in in the North York Moors Na-tional Park and will and will be connected to a handling facility on Teeside via a 37 km-long under-ground mineral transport system.

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 6.00pm
MINERS ON TOUR
Messrs Luc Phillips, John Sanderson, Henry Wedlake, Scott Gregor, Sam Skinner
A talk to be delivered by CSM students on Open-pit Gold Mining in South America, Shaft Sinking in South Africa, Underground Gold Mining in Australia and Explosive Engineering within the UK.

Thursday 13 December 2018, 6:00pm (*Upper Stannary)
MINING QUIZ
Mr Nick Eastwood (host)
A mine quiz for teams of four. Please inform the Secretary if you wish to take part.

Thursday 10 January 2019, 6:00pm
The Don Dixon Memorial Lecture: In association with IET and IMarEST
ELECTRIC PROPULSION FOR BOATS
Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee, Director, Whiskerstay
The electric vessel market is in its infancy, with increasing fuel costs, legislation, regulation of emissions and increasing 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 marine sector.

Thursday 7 February 2019, 6:00pm
Lecture Change – Fishy Filaments Ltd; Recycling Marine Plastics

Ian Falconer, Founder/CEO, will introduce a Cornish company that is drawing attention from some of the world’s biggest corporations and consultancies for its innovative approach to a growing issue.

Thursday 21 February 2019, 6:00pm CORNWALL UPDATE: CORNISH LITHIUM, SOUTH CROFTY & REDMOOR
(followed by THE CORNWALL MINING SUNDOWNER – The Upper Stannary)
Owen Mihalop (Strongbow), Jeremy Wrathall (Cornish Lithium), and Brett Grist (Cornwall Resources) join us for a Cornish mining evening. The speakers will update on project progress, with opportunity for questions, and a wider discussion.

Thursday 21 March 2019, 6:00pm
ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING
Joint event with Women in Mining (UK) http://www.womeninmining.org.uk
A panel discussion bringing together different perspectives on the topic.

Thursday 11 April 2019, 6:00pm (*Following AGM at 5:30pm)
SUSTAINABLE, TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN, WHOLE-SYSTEM APROACHES TO SMALL-SCALE MINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Dr Kathryn Moore, CSM
The IMP@CT project is developing 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 the European Union’s Horizon 2020 R&I programme (No. 730411)

SITE VISITS

In addition to the lecture series we will be running an impressive set of site visits this year. You must contact The Secretary to book a place on these visits as places are limited and some do have safety and security requirements prior to entry.

Saturday 27 October 2018, 2:00pm
THE UNITED DOWNS DEEP GEOTHERMAL POWER PROJECT
Mr Peter Ledingham, MD, GeoScience Ltd
Follows the lecture. 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 a depth of 4,500m, due to start at the end of September. The visit will include a presentation on the project’s history and current status and a view of the drilling operation from the rooftop viewing platform.

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10.30am
ROSEVALE MINE
Mr Tony Bennett
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, with all the access restrictions that this implies.

As previous visitors will know Rosevale is not a highly sanitised underground experience so if you have any concerns please do discuss them with The Secretary prior to booking with her.

Thursday 14 March 2019, 6:00pm
PENDENNIS SHIP YARD
PSY Ltd 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 what subjects to select for A level.

Numbers will be limited and RSVP will be essential for Health and Safety reasons.

Thursday 4 April 2019, *Time tbc
GOONHILLY EARTH STATION is undergoing a renaissance under new ownership and is benefitting 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 means that one of Cornwall’s best known technology sites is now fit for the 21st Century.

Advance booking is an absolute requirement for entry into one of the UK’s secure satellite downlink stations.

We reserve the right to cancel or change this program with no notice (the real world does sometimes intervene with weather, illness and the like) but we hope to be able to meet this program with alternative lectures unless otherwise notified.

Review of the 2020-21 CIE Lecture and Site Visits

The Cornish Institute of Engineers is pleased to announce the speakers for its 2020-21 series of free public lectures to be held through the generosity of the Camborne School of Mines at Tremough Campus, Penryn.

A full description can be found at This Year’s Lectures and Site Visits but this year’s events are;

The Cornish Institute of Engineers is pleased to announce the speakers for its 2018-19 series of free public lectures to be held through the generosity of the Camborne School of Mines at Tremough Campus, Penryn. Site visits shown at the bottom of this page all require prior booking and some sites reserve the right to refuse entry due to specific site access requirements.

This year’s events are;

Message from the President
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic there has been some disruption to the proposed 20/21 program, therefore all presentations up to Jan 2021 will be virtual and held online. We hope to return to physical meetings in the
New Year but if this proves impossible, the program will be further revised.

As a result of this disruption the bulk of the presentations have been moved to 2021 and the program extended into May, resulting in the AGM
being moved to May 13th.

Non-members are most welcome at any of our events and are encouraged, but not obliged, to join. The annual subscription fee is £10.00.

This year’s events are;

VISITS

March 2021, Date & Time TBC

CORNWALL AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE

Dr Adam Feldman, University of Exeter.

There is an entrance charge for the site which is £10.50/adult or £8 concession. Further details to follow.

Saturday 24th April 2021 – Time TBC

ROSEVALE MINE

Tony Bennett

Rosevale Mine is a privately funded restoration project of a former tin mine, founded in the mid ‘70s by a small group of mining enthusiasts. The tour of the workings will be conducted & supervised by experienced guides.

The tour will allow people to see the techniques and equipment used for hard rock mining & to appreciate the working environment of a traditional Cornish mine.

For more information and to “attend on line lectures and reserve your place on visits, please contact the Secretary.

We reserve the right to cancel or change this program with no notice (the real world does sometimes intervene with weather, illness and the like) but we hope to be able to meet this program with alternative lectures unless otherwise notified.

LECTURES

Thursday 15 October 2020 – 7pm – Online
RISING SEAS – THE ENGINEERING CHALLENGE
Dr Tim Fox, University of Exeter

Coastlines, estuaries & rivers will be radically altered around the world in the 21st Century and beyond, as sea levels rise significantly in response to the melting of land-based ice in Antarctica & Greenland affecting large amounts of the World’s industrial infrastructure. Dr Fox will discuss the findings of a recently completed IMechE project that scoped the engineering response to this challenge.

WEDNESDAY 4 November 2020 – 6.30pm – Online
MOUNT POLLEY (CANADA) MINE TAILINGS SPILL REMEDIATION – CHALLENGES & SUCCESSES
Dr Lyn Anglin, Anglin & Associates

After the tailings dam at the Mount Polley Mine failed, and 25 million m3 of
water, tailings and embankment materials spilled into the surrounding environment, significant progress has been made in remediating the spill impacts.

This talk reviews the clean-up and repair that has taken place since the 2014 failure.

THURSDAY 10 December 2020 6.30pm – Online
SPACEPORT CORNWALL
Melissa Thorpe, Spaceport Cornwall

Melissa has agreed to give an update on launching the UK back into Space. The path to launch and how Cornwall is challenging the rest of the global launch industry to consider sustainability, ethics and local communities.

Thursday 14 January 2021, 6.30pm
IMPROVEMENTS IN REMOTE CHARACTERISATION OF SLOPES FOR STABILITY ANALYSIS AND MODELLING
Prof John Coggan, CSM

The effective monitoring of slopes is essential to control risk and, in the cases of excavations, maximising productivity. Significant advancements have been made in remote data capture and computational power to record and simulate geotechnical aspects of slope stability. This talk covers these advancements while highlighting case studies.

Thursday 4 February 2021, 6.30pm
The Annual Don Dixon Memorial Lecture in collaboration with the IET
THE APPLICATION OF AN AUTONOMOUS ROVER PLATFORM IN UNDERGROUND MINING ENVIRONMENTS
Mr Aron Kisdi, GMV & Dr Matt Eyre, CSM

The application of robotics across multiple industries has been significant and this talk will focus on the application of an autonomous mobile robot and its deployment in the mining cycle to improve safety & efficiency. The robot has been developed utilising software that has been deployed in space applications and the work presented is part of the Innovate UK funded project ARISE.

Thursday 25 February 2021, 6.30pm
THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 ON MINES
Bob Leaming, HM Chief Insp. of Mines

The presentation will cover the impact that Covid-19 has had on the mines in Great Britain, and the steps taken to safely reopen. It will also cover the impact on HM Inspectorate of Mines and steps taken to maintain their function.

Thursday 4 March 2021, 6.30pm
MINING ON THE MOON
CIE / Women in Mining Discussion

What are the research challenges, time line, and industry opportunities Join our expert panel to discuss.

Thursday 11 March 2021, 6.30pm
The 18th Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture – TITLE AND SPEAKER TBC
Thursday 15 April 2021, 6.30pm

LECTURE TITLE TBC
Keith Russ, Western United Mines Ltd
Thursday 29 April 2021, 6.30pm

QUIZ & SOCIAL NIGHT
Nick Eastwood
Thursday 13 May 2021, 6.30pm
The AGM will precede the talk at 6pm
ALL WELCOME

LECTURE TITLE AND SPEAKER TBC

To see a review of last years events click here

We reserve the right to cancel or change this program with no notice (the real world does sometimes intervene with weather, illness and the like) but we hope to be able to meet this program with alternative lectures unless otherwise notified