2018-19 Events

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;

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
THE POWER OF BUILDING CRAZY THINGS
Ruth Amos & Shawn Brown
Every month engineers Ruth Amos and Shawn Brown bring to life a different primary school kid’s invention on their YouTube channel; Kids Invent Stuff. From slime-firing cars to a giant drivable cake. They do this to showcase the exciting, creative nature of engineering and to engage more 5-11 year olds with STEM themes.

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.