Norwich   Engineering   Society
10 June 2020
Visit "Bugs, digestors and Climate Change"
19.00 at the Copys Green Farm, Wighton

by Dr Stephen Temple, NES Member

Summary: This is a follow up visit to Stephen Temple\'s Farm in North Norfolk after his recent fascinating talk about modern farming that acknowledges the important role that \'bugs\' play in food production and its relationship to climate change. More details to follow shortly

5 October 2020
Talk entitled "Old Histories - New Ideas"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Dr D DeCogan, NES President 2019-2020

Summary: Coming shortly

19 October 2020
Talk entitled "Langham Dome – The birthplace of virtual reality?"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Dr Allan Parker, Hanwell Consulting, Trustee Langham Dome and a NES Member

Summary: During the second world war anti aircraft gunners were hopeless and training them was very difficult, expensive and dangerous. Protection for airfields and ships was nearly non existent. But then a naval commander came up with the idea that if we projected a film of incoming aircraft onto the inside of a spherical dome and placed a dummy machine gun at the centre of the dome large numbers of potential gunners could be assessed and trained quickly and cheaply, before they were let loose with live ammunition and expensive drones, a massive step forward. The technology involved was amazing for the day and all done in analogue!!

There were 40-50 domes built and used but only 4-5 survive and Langham is the only one that has been restored and opened to the public. In this presentation I will give a brief history of the development of the technology and the Dome training facilities and how this was essentially the birth of the virtual reality that has led to the development of virtual training facilities and ultimately to the computer games our kids now play.

2 November 2020
Talk entitled "Blood, Sweat and Fears"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Mary Newton, Consultant Forensic Scientist

Summary: Mary will provide an entertaining and factual talk on her career as a Forensic Biologist working in the London Laboratory that served the Met Police and the Home Counties. Her career spanned 40 years during which time she worked on many of the headline cases that the curious amongst you will be keen to find out more about. Is what you see on T.V or hear in the news the real deal…

16 November 2020
Talk entitled "Genesis of the Microprocessor"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Tim Birt, NES Vice President (2019-2020)

Summary: In 1971 Intel released the first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004. This talk will discuss how we got there, how microprocessors work and the rapid architectural developments of the 1970's.

30 November 2020
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Not known

14 December 2020
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Not known

18 January 2021
Talk entitled "Bringing a disused railway back to life - Mid Norfolk Railway a Case Study"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Dr Richard Aldridge, NES President 2008-2009

Summary: Coming shortly

1 February 2021
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Not known

15 February 2021
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Not Known

1 March 2021
Talk entitled "(Provisional)De-manning the North Sea"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by Keith Miller et al, NES Member

Summary: (Provisional)This talk is about reducing the dangers involved in working on North Sea facilities particularly oil and gas rigs.

15 March 2021
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Not Known

29 March 2021
Talk entitled "AGM"
19.30 at the Holiday Inn

by TBA, TBA

Summary: Short talks by Members