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Year of Engineering 2018

Year of Engineering

September - Back to School

September is all about heading back to school, so this month's focus is on providing more opportunities and to improve knowledge. With a month packed full of technical training and CPD opportunities, September has been a great chance to enhance your skills and CV.

We started the month with the North East & Yorkshire Section's Annual hot Topic and BBQ event focussed on RIIO-GD2 - the next gas distribution network price control - with guest speakers outlining the challenges ahead and inviting input from delegates on what the networks should be undertaking for the next regulatory period. This event was a great opportunity to learn how the project aims to play a role in delivering a low carbon economy and wider environmental objectives.

We then headed over to Penspen in Neath for the Welsh Section's event entitled Response to an ageing infrastructure: assets and people. The event gave insight into how we can address the challenges of an ageing infrastructure in the gas industry and featured an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Penspen's training facility, which has been purpose-built to address the skills shortage of technicians in the industry.

IGEM's Annual Conference and Gas Utilisation event took place on the 12 and 13 September. The two day conference discussed the latest developments and new technologies in the key areas covered by the gas innovation strategy. The themes included: safety and emergency, reliability and maintenance, repair, distribution mains replacement, environment and low carbon and security. The event provided the opportunity for attendees to learn about how the UK plans to address the climate change targets and adapt the gas network for the low carbon energy system of the future.

The Midlands Section headed to Derbyshire for their Technical visit to National Grid Pipelines Maintenance Centre (PMC). The visit allowed delegates to discover the history of National Grid's Pipelines Maintenance Centre, commonly known as PMC, and see their large portfolio of skills and experiences that place them as the leaders in emergency and planned solutions in the field of pipeline repair, replacement, maintenance and intervention.

The Scottish Section held their Gas Safety Week: latest initiatives and developments into CO research event in support of the national campaign. The event focused on the research being undertaken into carbon monoxide. The event gave attendees the opportunity to hear and learn from industry experts on the latest initiatives and developments.

There are a number of technical training courses coming up soon to support you in your role and personal development, alongside a range of events and visits. See below for courses and events coming up near you.


July - Summer of Engineering

This month's theme is the 'Summer of Engineering'. With this in mind, we've been busy planning events to get you into that summer spirit. Check out what we've been up to and what's still to come this month.

We began the month with a few rounds at the Midlands Section Clay pigeon shooting experience and networking event. Section Chair Ben Kuchta took the reins as a qualified instructor in the sport and delegates were given the chance to practice their skills.

We held our 'Regional Influences on the Energy Networks' conference which forms part of the Road to 2050 series of conferences. The event in Cardiff looked into the role of the energy networks and their associated infrastructure in the UK's energy mix from now to 2050 and beyond. The line up of speakers included industry experts from across the UK. Delegates were also fortunate enough to have the chance to tour Cardiff's Principality Stadium where the conference was held. Details on the presentations and updates from the event can be found at #Roadto2050.

Heading into Summer, we hosted this year's Summer Ball at Cardiff Castle. Attendees from across the gas industry joined President Steve Edwards as he hosted a night of great food, entertainment and networking with fellow colleagues.

The North East & Yorkshire Section offered members the rare opportunity to visit both the TATA Steel and Liberty Steel Pipe Mills in Hartlepool, where steel, in the form of coils or plate, is turned into pressure pipe for the energy industry and structural steel for the construction sector.

For a list of events coming up over the summer, see below.


May - Engineering in the Environment

With May's theme being 'Engineering in the Environment', we've had a busy start to the month with activites and events around the topic of the environment, and there's still plenty more for you to get involved in.

We started the month with our South West Section discussing the changing practices that enable the industry to become more environmentally friendly on a large industrial scale. Their event, The Greendustrial Revolution, looked at the innovative ways in which the industrial sector is changing, and how decarbonising the industry is becoming the next industrial revolution.

The London, Southern and Eastern Section hosted their King's Cross Gas Holders: tour and talk, exploring the changing environment and how it is being adapted for modern use whilst keeping it reminiscent of a bygone era. The event looked into the scope and scale of engineering to resurrect the gas holders, whilst ensuring they are contemporary and have a place on the skyline in the future.

The Midlands Section held their What we can learn from the railway industry and Midlands Section AGM event. They compared the similarities and differences between the gas and railway industries and looked at what we can learn from each other in order to change how we work in the environment both now and in the future.

The Gas Industry Awards celebrate engineering and reward those who go above and beyond in the industry. In particular, the Energy Efficiency Award and the Innovation Awards celebrate the future of engineering and its impact on the environment. The products and projects categories help find solutions to the challenges that lie ahead in the future of the industry and improve how engineers work in the environment. The awards take place on Tuesday 15 May, the winners will be announced soon after.

North West Section's H21 Leeds Citygate Project - The Future of Gas event will delve into how the UK energy demands could be maintained whilst simultaneously meeting the 2050 challenge of reducing carbon emissions by 80% of the level in 1990, under the terms of the Climate Change Act. If you would like to come along to this event, click here.

See below for upcoming events near you.


April - Improving Lives

This month's theme is 'Improving Lives', and we've got a calendar full of events and activities lined up for you to get involved in. Here's what's coming up this month.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) Section heats continue, with the London, Southern & Eastern, Midlands and North West Section heats still to go. The winners of the heats will go through to the Grand Final in June for their chance to compete in this year's competition. Details of the heats can be found below.

Our Scholarships and Awards programme is now live. IGEM members who are about to embark on or are studying an Engineering Council accredited course, can now apply for funding towards the cost of their studies, as well as grants if they are in need financial support. For more details on this click here.

The Gas Industry Awards 2018 shortlist has now been announced. The awards recognise and celebrate those who work within the gas industry for their dedication and hard work on their innovations and projects.  These innovations and projects help improve lives of the end users and the operatives who use them. Details of the shortlist can be found here. Details on the Awards Lunch can be found here.

We're hosting a range of activities and events this month including site visits, YPPC Section heats plus technical Section events. See below for upcoming events near you.


March - Routes into Engineering

As a sponsor of the Year of Engineering, we're holding activities, events and conferences tailored to each month's themes. March's theme is 'Routes into Engineering'. See below for what we've been up to and what's still to come this month.

We held our Sir Denis Rooke Lecture with guest speaker Professor Dame Ann Dowling where she discussed "Engineering a Future for All - The Power of Education, Research and Innovation". She touched on the skills crisis and how we may be able to combat the issues.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) Section heats begin this month. This is the chance for the entrants to showcase themselves within their local Section, using the platform to develop their careers and uncover the routes into the industry that are available to them.

We will be launching our scholarships, grants and awards programme soon. We are going to be taking applications for scholarships, grants and awards from IGEM members who are about to embark on or are currently studying an Engineering Council accredited course. This will offer the individuals funding towards the cost of their studies and grants for those who need financial support. For more details on this click here.


February - Creativity and Inspiration

Our London, Southern & Eastern Section also hosted their London Showcase and Lions' Lair event where four finalists presented their exciting new innovations to professionals from across the industry. Synthotech were crowned the winner and took home this year's trophy. This event offers a chance for companies and those working on these projects to showcase their creativity and the work they do, as well as acknowledging and rewarding their hard work. It aims to inspire others to bring new ideas to the board and maybe even consider a career within the industry.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) allows our young people across the industry to showcase their expertise and skills. This competition inspires young people in the industry and opens up doors, giving them a boost in their career. The deadline for entries was 28 February, the shortlisted entrants will now go forward to battle it out in their Section heats.


January - Year of Engineering is here

In January, we showed our support by registering as a partner to the government's Year of Engineering campaign. We're looking forward to an exciting year of events, which will help promote engineering as a career and provide opportunities to advance the skills of developing engineers.

Related upcoming IGEM events include:

Introduction to IGEM/TD/1 & IGEM/TD/2 - 9 October

Welsh 54th Annual Dinner - 19 October

Practical Application of IGEM/TD/13 Workshop - 24 October

Midlands Section Innovation Showcase - 25 October

Details of more events coming soon.

To find out what Year of Engineering events are happening near you, visit or search #YOE on Twitter.

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