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.

The 2019-20 CIE Lecture and Site Visits

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.

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;

When lectures start at 6.30pm, refreshments will usually be available in the Chapel Lecture Theatre from 6.00pm.

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
6pm 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, 7pm

The Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture and reception

TITLE TBC

Mark Cutifani, CEO Anglo American

TUESDAY 19 November 2019
6pm 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

6pm

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
6pm 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
6pm 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, 6pm

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.

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 21 September, 3pm

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.

Friday 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 post-mining regeneration to the site.

Saturday 25 April 2020, 10.30am

ROSEVALE MINE

Tony Bennett

Rosevale Mine is a privately funded underground tin mine restoration project, carried out since the mid ‘70s by a small group of enthusiasts. The tour will be conducted by experienced guides. The aim is to see the techniques and equipment used for hard rock mining and to appreciate the working environment of a traditional Cornish mine.

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.

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