Norwich   Engineering   Society
21 July 2019
Visit "NES Summer Social"
15.00 at the Stone House Farm, Ovington

by NES President,

Summary: Social Invitation

4 August 2019
Visit "NES Flying Day"
10.00 onward at the Little Snoring Airfield

by McAuley Flying Club,

Summary: NES Flying day details can be seen by clicking here

7 October 2019
Talk entitled "Geosynthetics, buried structures reinforcing our world"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Blair Rawes, NES Member

Summary: This talk looks at how geosynthetics materials create reinforced soil structures that underpin roads, airstrips, walls and abutments. An insight to the design, manufacture and use of these relatively new materials and how rapidly they have become a default in many areas of Civil Engineering construction.

21 October 2019
Talk entitled "(Provisional) Communication Protocols"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Professor Gerard Parr, School of Computing Sciences, UEA

Summary: Coming soon

4 November 2019
Talk entitled "From Laboratory to Pharmacy -Getting medicinal products to market"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Frederick Goodwin, Pharmacist

Summary: The talk covers drug discovery, evaluation in animals, human clinical trials. Then manufacture: small scale to full production, packaging and distribution. Full Quality Assurance and Regulatory requirements for all these stages - essentially the 'Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors (MHRA 2017)' and much more .

18 November 2019
Talk entitled "(Provisional) The fastest electric estate in the West"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Dorian Hindmarsh, Hethel Engineering Centrel

Summary: coming soon

2 December 2019
Talk entitled "Acceptable in the 80's (Joint with IET)"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by James Hill and Simon Hobbs, Electrical Testing Ltd

Summary: This lecture comparison a 25 year old BMW with a 25 year old lighting column – the idea being to bring to the attention of those responsible for lighting assets that they cannot commit to the installation of LED luminaires - which is in full swing across the UK - without considering the current column conditions, which are deteriorating at an increased rate.

The lecture is thought provoking and uses visual examples of specific column failures, bad practice and poor budget management – all of this painting a picture that in 10 to 15 years we have a realistic potential for significant column failures across the country. Electrical Testing Ltd annually test approximately 180,000 assets and inspect 500,000 assets across the UK. Based on a 6 year testing/inspection cycle they attend around 40% of the United Kingdom’s lighting columns, making them the largest test house in operation.

16 December 2019
Talk entitled "(Provisional) Raptor Aerospace – Norfolk based rocket manufacturer and launch service provider."
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Ben Jarvis, Raptor Aerospace

Summary: Ben Jarvis has been involved in aerospace since the 90s initially in the amateur space race and more recently in moving Raptor Aerospace to the Scottow (Coltishall) site where Raptor manufactures a range of small sounding rockets and is developing Nox based hybrid rocket engines.

Raptor Aerospace offer flight testing of subsystems for larger aerospace customers with a proven range of vehicles with flight envelopes of 1.5km to 18km heights and speeds of 300 to 2200mph. They are also capable of testing tracking and recovery systems over both land and water.

27 January 2020
Talk entitled "Quantifying Engineering Risk; how it all goes wrong!"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Keith Miller, NES Member, IMechE Safety and Risk Working Group

Summary: Risk prediction is popular in the engineering community, but is not science and cannot be verified, so how accurate is it and what are the pitfalls?

We can learn much from history and some terrible miscarriages of justice, but ultimately it may be simply understanding what constitutes robust statistics and what may be nothing better than astrology. And we don’t need a degree in maths to understand how wrong we can be!

3 February 2020
Talk entitled "(Provisional)Global Warming and its implication for engineering Design"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Alex Honey, Enhabit

Summary: Coming shortly. Watch this space.

17 February 2020
Talk entitled "Sugar Production at Cantley"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Alex Mason, British Sugar - retd.

Summary: This presentation will cover a brief history of sugar, the development of the UK sugar from sugar beet industry, a series of pictures taken during the construction of Cantley factory in 1912 and a description of the process of extracting sugar from sugar beet.

2 March 2020
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, not available

Summary: not available

16 March 2020
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, not available


30 March 2020
Talk entitled "AGM followed by Members talks"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by NES Members, NES

Summary: NES Members speaking not yet available.