Kings Engineer Bulletin Issue 1

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Events

For forthcoming events organised by KCLA, please visit the In Touch website. Events are also announced in the latest edition of the In Touch magazine. If you are not receiving your copy, then please contact the Alumni Office directly.

All members of KCLEA are welcome to attend meetings of the Cybernetics Society, which are held in King's College, Strand.

Previous Events

Friday 25th November 2016
KCLEA AGM 2016

King’s College London Engineers’ Association

Annual General Meeting 2016 Formal Notification

6pm Friday 25th November 2016
K2.31 (King's Building)

May I take this opportunity to again remind all Engineering alumni that they are automatically members of the KCLEA and are most welcome to attend the AGM.

After the formal meeting we will adjourn to the “Tup” for drinks, an informal buffet and general discussion and socialising.

Agenda

1) Apologies for absence

2) Minutes of the 2015 AGM

3) Matters arising

4) Officers reports

5) Accounts

6) Election of Officers and Committee members

7) Update on engineering related courses

8) The future of the KLCEA, KCLES and bursaries

9) The 13 Club Trophy

10) AOB

 

- Chris Bowden, Hon. Secretary KCLEA

Friday 28th November 2014
KCLEA AGM 2014 Notice

King’s College London Engineers’ Association

Annual General Meeting Formal Notification

6pm Friday 28th November 2014
Old Committee Room
(1st Floor Strand)

As in previous years we are using King’s Engineer to give notification of our AGM since it is sent to all KCLEA alumni for whom contact details are available. May I take this opportunity to remind all engineering alumni that they are automatically members of the KCLEA and are most welcome to attend the AGM.

Please check later on the website for room details or enquire at Strand reception upon arrival.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the 2013 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Officers reports
  5. Accounts
  6. Election of Officers and Committee members
  7. Update on engineering related courses
  8. Current status of the Bursary Fund
  9. Progress on the History Project
  10. Other current initiatives
  11. The future of the KLCEA, KCLES and bursaries
  12. AOB

Chris Bowden, Hon. Secretary KCLEA

Friday 29th November 2013
KCLEA AGM 2013 Notice

King’s College London Engineers’ Association

Annual General Meeting Formal Notification

Friday 29th November 2013
6pm, Room K0.18

As in previous years we are using King’s Engineer to give notification of our AGM since it is sent to all KCLEA alumni for whom contact details are available. May I take this opportunity to remind all engineering alumni that they are automatically members of the KCLEA and are most welcome to attend the AGM.

I am sure that most of you will know that, sadly, the Division of Engineering closed at the end of July 2013.  However emerging courses within other Divisions are likely to have a significant engineering content and we look forward building close links with both staff and students in these areas.

The 2013 Engineers’ Day and Lunch were well attended and this must be a good omen for our future. The timeline depicting the notable achievements over the years by King’s engineers attracted much interest from both engineers and the many alumni from other disciplines who attended the Alumni weekend. I am also pleased to report that the 13 Club award was presented to Cecil French at the lunch.

The Committee would urge as many of you as possible to attend the AGM so that we can update you on future engineering based courses and hear your thoughts on the way forward for the KCLEA. Indeed we would particularly welcome new committee members at this important time for the KCLEA.

Drinks and nibbles will be available and, dependent on interest, we may adjourn after the meeting to a restaurant for a meal.

Please check later on the website for room details or enquire at Strand reception upon arrival.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the 2012 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Officers reports
  5. Accounts
  6. Prize giving
  7. 13 Club award
  8. Election of Officers and Committee members
  9. Update on engineering related courses
  10. The future of the KLCEA, KCLES and bursaries
  11. AOB

Chris Bowden, Hon. Secretary KCLEA

Thursday 18th July 2013
Wychwood Brewery Visit

The Wychwood Brewery is tucked away behind the main street of the market town of Witney, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Witney is historically famous for its 3 Bs; its bread, its blankets and its beer. Brewing has taken place in Witney for centuries.

We are just starting to organise a visit to the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire. Tentative dates are 7 and/or 14 September. Are you interested? Please send expressions of interest to the Events Secretary.

For more information on the Wychwood Brewery please visit their web site.

Saturday 20th July 2013
Bletchley Park Museum

Bletchley Park is the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.

Seeing one of the Enigma Machines is undoubtedly a highlight but there is much more than machines in a visit to the historic site. There are also tales of spies and strategic deception, wartime toys, working computers, a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing’s silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park.

Have a look inside the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the war. Wander by the lake, relax and observe the wildlife. Children can let off steam on the playground.

To get the benefit of a guided group visit, we need a group of 20+. This could include lunch for a total cost of £24 a head and lasts about 3 ½ hours including the lunch break. If we do not get 20, we will have to arrange our own lunches and the entry cost would be £15 for adults, £13 for Seniors and £9 for children between 12 and 16. Children under 12 go free. Family tickets for two adults and two children are £34.

Start of the visit is to be confirmed but will be about 10.30 am.

To find out more about Bletchley Park, visit: http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Full details will be sent to participating members. Contact the Events Secretary.

Friday 30th November 2012
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2012 KCLEA AGM will be held on 30th November @ 18:00 hours in room K0.18

*** Call for Nominations ***

Please e-mail nominations for the following positions on the KCLEA Committee to Mike Clode no later than 28th November:
President
Hon Secretary
Hon Events Secretary

Also if you are interested in joining the committee please contact Mike Clode

Friday 7th June 2013
Engineers’ Day 2013

To mark the closure of the Division of Engineering, the KCLEA are holding a Day of Celebration to commemorate the achievements of Engineering at King's and Engineering Alumni. Engineers' Day will be held on 7 June 2013 as part of next year's Alumni Weekend.

Planning continues but the success and feedback from our Engineers' Lunches of the last few years have encouraged us to book the Great Hall for 2013 . To make this as unforgettable as possible we will be encouraging reunions with memorabilia displays so start looking out your cuttings, photos and trophies to bring. Copying facilities will be conveniently laid on so you will not lose originals and good times can be shared.

As well as an occasion to meet old friends we are are promoting the thought “Imagine a world without the achievements of King's Engineers” so contributions to this theme are also welcome.

Highlights will include:

  • lunch in the Great Hall
  • class/group reunions
  • time line from 1838 with significant happenings for King's and King's Engineers
  • drop in Engineers' Tea Party for all comers who will be invited to join us to gain a better appreciation of the activities which have been incubated in the depths of the Strand and spread around the world
  • quiz in a more traditional Engineers' meeting place will be arranged for those wishing to continue into the evening.

More details will be forthcoming but please book the day in your diaries, contact your friends and look out your nostalgia.

Wednesday 10th October 2012
Visit to Sambrook's Brewery, Battersea

We are offering two potential dates for visits - Wednesday 10th and/or Saturday 13th October - and hope that sufficient people are interested to run two tours. If this is not the case, the proposed tours will be consolidated into whichever is most popular.

Sambrook’s brewery is a microbrewery in Battersea, south west London. It commenced brewing in 2008 and currently brews Wandle Ale (best bitter) and Junction Ale (Premium ale) together with some seasonal beers.

Tours are run on weekday evenings from 7 – 8.30 pm and Saturdays at 1 – 2.30pm and 3 – 4.30 pm. Minimum group size is 10 and maximum is 30. The weekday tours are £10 per person and the Saturday tours are £12 per person.  The cost of the tour includes samples of the beers (about 2 pints).

The address for the brewery is:
Units 1 – 2 Yelverton Road,
Battersea, SW11 3QG.

For more details of the brewery, visit:
http://www.sambrooksbrewery.co.uk

Sunday 5th August 2012
Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire

IWM Duxford is set within the spacious grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield. Wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with award-winning interactive exhibitions. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats.

An original 1917 Belfast hangar hosting the Battle of Britain exhibition contrasts dramatically with the remarkable architecture of the American Air Museum, designed by contemporary British architects Foster and Partners.

Opened in 2007, AirSpace tells the story of British and Commonwealth aviation. Its Aircraft Hall is home to over 30 aircraft including an iconic Spitfire, a legendary Lancaster and the fastest-ever Concorde.

This visit is dependent on meeting the minimum group requirements (10+). The day chosen is a Spitfire and Iconic Car Club day. There will be about five Spitfires flying plus the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and one or two Spitfires on static display. We believe the Rolls Royce Car Enthusiasts club will also be there. Tickets are normally £17 for adults, £13.60 for Seniors and children under 15 are free, but we may be able to get cheaper tickets if we get the minimum group size.

Contact the Events Secretary.

Saturday 14th July 2012
Bletchley Park Museum

Bletchley Park is the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.

Seeing one the Enigma Machines is undoubtedly a highlight, but there is much more than machines in a visit to the historic site. Tales of spies and strategic deception, wartime toys, working computers, a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park.

Have a look inside the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War. Wander by the Lake, relax and observe the wildlife. Children can let off steam on our new playground.

To get the benefit of a group visit, we need a group of 20+. This could include lunch for a total cost of £24 a head. If we do not get 20 (so far we have about 6 but it is early days), we would have to arrange our own lunches and the entry cost would be £12 for adults, £10 for Seniors, £6 for children between 12 and 16. Children under 12 go free. Family tickets for two adults and two children are £26.

To find out more about Bletchley Park, visit http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Contact the Events Secretary.

Friday 8th June 2012
Annual KCLEA Lunch

The Engineers' reunion lunch is once again timed to coincide with the Alumni weekend. It will be held in the River Room in the Strand Campus of King's.
The lunch will commence at 12.30 with a welcome drink, followed by a two course buffet lunch and coffee. The cost of the lunch is £20 a head (a significant discount on actual cost), to include the welcome drink, with a cash bar for additional drinks.
You are cordially invited to bring guests/partners or come on your own. If there is a demand for it, seating in year groups can be arranged. Why not get a group of your engineering friends together? The event last year filled the River Room and was enjoyed by everyone.
The Alumni Office will be sending out application forms in due course but to assist with planning, it would be helpful if KCLEA members intending to come to the lunch could let the Events Secretary know as soon as possible.

Friday 25th November 2011
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2011 AGM will be held on Friday 25th November 2011 at 6.00pm in room S0.13 (GFSB1), ground floor of the Strand Building, left off the Reception Area. The meeting will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Friday 25th November 2011
KCLEA LECTURE

Cancelled due to bereavement

We hope to be able to re-arrange this lecture for a later date and will post new details here as soon as we have them.

“Fukishima...why should the rest of the world be so worried?... it’s not the worst.... (yet)”

The Lecture is to be given by Mark Whitby who is a King’s Engineering Alumnus (1972) and created Whitbybird, one of the most successful and progressive Civil Engineering Consultancy firms in the UK. He is a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2002). He has not been afraid to put his head above the parapet and is noted for his work on climate change.

More information about Mark is on his website; you will see he has been a busy man and a distinguished Alumnus: www.mark-whitby.com

Sunday 16th October 2011
Kempton Steam Engine Trust

Cancelled

Location: Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex
The engines that you will see were the heart of the water treatment works at Kempton Park in Middlesex, supplying North London with drinking water taken from the Thames.
As first built in 1897 by the New River Company, the works had two holding reservoirs supplying 12 slow sand filter beds, used two Lilleshall Triple Expansion engines to lift water to the reservoirs and three to pump it to Cricklewood. Steam came from six hand fired Lancashire boilers.
In 1902 the company was acquired by the Metropolitan Water Board who, in 1928, completed the new engine house including the two Worthington Simpson Triples which you will see. Two turbines and a water turbine were added in 1933. The D.C. electrical control board also survives. Each triple was of 1008 horsepower and pumped 19 million gallons per day against a 200 foot head. At 62 feet high they are the largest built in the U.K. They ran 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Steam was provided by six moving-grate boilers. In 1963 the site employed 144 men and delivered 86 million gallons per day.
In 1968 the Lilleshalls were scrapped, their boiler house pulled down and the reservoirs went out of use. In 1980, the moving grate boilers were scrapped and the Triple House ‘went cold and dead’. The electric pumps, housed in the Lilleshall House, now deliver 75 million gallons per day. The site staff currently number 14.
King's Engineer Peter Simpson (1947), who has been involved in restoring and running the engine since 1996, has offered to welcome the King's party and to arrange guides to take us round the engine house.
Contact the Events Secretary.

Saturday 17th September 2011
Hog's Back Brewery

Cancelled

Location: Tongham, Surrey
This microbrewery was established in the 1992 in the village of Tongham, just off the A31 between Farnham and Guildford. Its flagship real ale, 'TEA' (Traditional English Ale), has proved to be a favourite of cask conditioned ale drinkers throughout the UK and is the proud winner of many awards.
The first ever brew of 10 barrels (some 3000 pints of beer) began at 6am on 4 August 1992 and rapidly sold out through a handful of local pubs. It now brews over 200 barrels, or in excess of 57,000 pints, per week and supplies over 1,000 outlets.
The original brewhouse was in one part of the complex of 18th century farm barns which house the brewery today. Expansion has, however, been a consistent feature.
Time: 1pm
Duration: 1hr 45mins approx
Cost: £10 per person, includes a generous sampling and a presentation glass at the end.
There are two pubs in the village of Tongham which are understood to offer lunches.
Contact the Events Secretary.

Saturday 27th August 2011
Kew Bridge Steam Museum and the Musical Museum

Location: Brentford
(Two visits combined with lunch included.)
The heart of the Steam Museum is its collection of magnificent steam pumping engines. These comprise the Cornish engines, which are in their original engine houses, and the rotative engines which have been collected by the museum trust from pumping stations across the country. The overall collection demonstrates the major developments in steam engine technology. In addition to these engines, there are examples of diesel, electric, water and animal powered pumping engines.
The Musical Museum was founded by a King's engineer, Frank Holland. It is around half a mile from the Steam Museum and contains one of the world's foremost collections of automatic instruments. From the tiny clockwork musical box to the self playing 'Mighty Wurlitzer', the collection includes an impressive and comprehensive array of sophisticated reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players. Many of these instruments have been restored to playing condition. There are galleries which provide space to demonstrate working instruments once found in the large houses of the wealthy, a street setting with shop windows full of music, musical toys and street instruments, and an explanation on how music was captured and how instruments were powered.

10.30 am: Meet at the Musical Museum (which is opening half an hour early for us).
Light refreshments, probably coffee and biscuits.
Tour the museum and listen to the Mighty Wurlitzer being put through its paces (the organ has just completed its annual overhaul).
12.15 ish: Walk to Kew Bridge Steam Museum for a Sandwich lunch.
Inspect the engines.
16.00: End of visit.

The cost is £14 per person, cheques to be made out to KCLEA or cash. Payment can be made on the day of the visit.
Travel and further details can be found in the Group Visit Brochure (PDF) and the Cornish weekend schedule (PDF).
Contact the Events Secretary to reserve your place.

Saturday 23rd July 2011
Mid-Hants Railway - the Watercress Line

Cancelled

Enjoy a journey through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Arlesford and Alton, drawn by a steam locomotive. Bring the family and make a day of it. For the enthusiasts it is hoped to arrange a visit to the locomotive shed and the carriage and wagon works.
Contact the Events Secretary.
Further information on the Watercress Line can be found here.

Friday 10th June 2011
Annual KCLEA Lunch

The Engineers' reunion lunch is once again timed to coincide with the Alumni weekend. It will be held in the Council Room in the Strand Campus of King's.
The lunch will commence at 12.30 with a welcome drink, followed by a two course buffet lunch and coffee. The cost of the lunch is £20 a head, to include the welcome drink, with a cash bar for additional drinks.
You are cordially invited to bring guests/partners or come on your own. If there is a demand for it, seating in year groups can be arranged. Why not get a group of your engineering friends together? The event last year filled the River Room at Kings and was enjoyed by everyone.
The Alumni Office will be sending out application forms in due course but to assist with planning, it would be helpful if KCLEA members intending to come to the lunch could let the Events Secretary know as soon as possible.