The Prestige Lecture – The Road Ahead – 2017 will be held at the University of Strathclyde on the evening of Monday 15th May 2017 at 5.30 for 6.15pm start, finish 8pm, with Professor Dame Anne Glover addressing the audience. Registration is now open.
The Practical Lecture 2017 was delivered on Monday 6th of February by Richard Millar, Director of Infrastructure, Scottish Canals, at Glasgow Kelvin College, Springburn Campus. Richard had a great story to tell about leveraging the Scottish Canals assets as a catalyst for regeneration and overcoming the engineering challenges involved.
Epoch-making events in science and technology come along only so often… Engineering Scotland organised the 2016 Autumn Lecture “Detecting gravitational waves: a new window on the Universe” on Monday 24th October 2016, when we welcomed Professor Jim Hough, Research Professor in Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow, to enlighten us about the recent, spectacular detection of gravitational waves after many patient decades of pursuit, and to outline the UK’s contribution to the scientific effort.
A century ago, Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity and part of this theory suggested that there should be waves – Gravitational Waves – which carry information about violent gravitational events in the Universe. We now know that there are very violent events associated with, for example, the coalescence of neutron stars, and the formation and interactions of black holes . However the distortions in space time associated with the waves from such events are predicted to be so small that the experimental challenges associated with detecting them have been exercising physicists for the last 50 years.
But now, 100 years after the prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, the advanced detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected such signals for the first time, the source being coalescing black holes considerably heavier than the sun. This heralds the opening of a new window in astronomy.
In this talk, Jim explained the nature of gravitational waves, describe what sources can produce them, the engineering background to LIGO, and outlined the UK contribution that allowed the detection to be made. Further, Jim discussed plans for future detectors on earth and in space.
The Autumn Lecture was kindly hosted by a good friend of Engineering Scotland, Professor John Marsh, Dean of UESTC (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China), University of Glasgow at the Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre.
Engineering Scotland organised the 2015 Autumn Lecture, when we welcomed Dr Scott Younger, OBE PhD D.Eng. CEng FICE, Technical Director of Nusantara Infrastructure, Jakarta and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, who addressed us on how we can reap advantage and competitive edge from the internationalisation of Scotland’s excellence in engineering expertise. Dr Younger, who in 2015 received an Honorary Degree from the University and is regarded as a splendid, contemporary example of Scottish engineering skill and nous, has spent four decades working in ten different countries. He was responsible for setting up the Society of Professional Engineers in Thailand in the 1980s and he shared his experience of the opportunities and the challenges of creating overseas partnerships, educational initiatives and professional organisations. In the next 30-40 years, 90% of the world’s population will live in Asia – that’s why it’s paramount that we, in Scotland, develop and maintain commercial and mutually beneficial relationships with Asia – Indonesia alone has a population of 240 million.
The Lecture was kindly hosted by Professor John Marsh, Head of School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow at the Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, on the corner of University Avenue and Gibson Street at 5.30pm for light refreshments. The Lecture commenced at 6pm and closed at 7.45pm.
Bob Keiller, Chief Executive Officer of Wood Group plc, delivered the Road Ahead Lecture 2015, which took place on Monday 18th May 2015 at at the University of Strathclyde. Bob, who is known for his participative leadership style, spoke about values-based leadership in engineering companies, and much more. Grateful thanks to Bob and to the University of Strathclyde.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel Programme.
Engineering Scotland’s Practical Lecture 2015 was an opportunity to hear about BAE Systems’ exciting Offshore Patrol Vessel Programme and how the company is using the project to develop its engineering talent. The 90 metre OPV is based on a proven BAE Systems design which is already in service with the Brazilian Navy and Royal Thai Navy. Engineers at BAE Systems have modified the design, ensuring it meets the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of UK interests both at home and abroad.
The vessels will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops. They will also be the first ships to be built with a BAE Systems designed, new state-of-the-art operating system called Shared Infrastructure, which will be rolled out across the Royal Navy’s surface fleet over the next ten years. Shared Infrastructure revolutionises the way ships operate by using virtual technologies to host and integrate the sensors, weapons and management systems that complex warships require. By replacing multiple large consoles dedicated to specific tasks with a single hardware solution, the amount of spares which are required to be carried onboard is reduced, significantly decreasing through-life costs.
The manufacturing contract for the three ships was announced in August. The OPVs will be globally deployable and capable of ocean patrol with a range of 5,000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 24 knots. The first of class is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.
Engineering Scotland’s Practical Lecture 2015, was delivered by Iain Stevenson, Project Director, and Callum Vause, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems – on Wednesday 25th March, kindly hosted by Glasgow Kelvin College at its Springburn campus. This was also a chance to see the College’s new campus and some of the impressive facilities which are available.
Grateful thanks to Iain and Callum for delivering a very interesting talk and to the College for generous hospitality.
The committee is always open to suggestions for future events. If there is a subject you would like to see covered on a future occasion, please email the Honorary Secretary.