Event Details


All Talks and Meetings will commence at 2.30 pm and be held in the Chichester Room, Field Place, Worthing; unless another venue or time is indicated.

Timings for visits and outings will be as printed in the detailed description of the activity.

Coffee mornings take place at 10.30am on the 3rd and last Thursdays of the month. Click here for full details…

Date Event Description Venue
Tues 19th
AGM and Talk Working on the Construction of Britain’s Motorways 1960-1990
Frank Duggan RCEA
The talk will describe Frank’s experience of design and construction of Motorways from 1963 to 1990. It will cover interesting aspects his time as a site engineer, from the construction of Brent Cross Flyover in North London; design engineer on the M4 in south Wales; contractor’s agent on the construction of London Bridge, sections of the M1 and M11 motorways, the A30, A470, and A6; to Project Manager on the construction of the M25/M40 Interchange. In addition to the technical aspects of the work, reference will be made to construction failures, the delays caused by environmental lobbyists, the oil crisis, three day week, and union unrest, and how the industry is now moving away from heavy construction to computer controlled ‘smart motorways’.
Field Place
Tues 10th
Talk The Coast of West Sussex – Past, Present and Future
Uwe Dornbusch, Senior Specialist – Coast, Environment Agency
The talk will give an introduction into past, present and future issues faced by the coast, illustrated with examples from West Sussex. The later part will provide a critical perspective on what sea level rise will mean for the future of shingle beaches that provide the primary coastal defence along most of Southeast England. Is there a future for shingle beaches and what will they have to look like, or is the future one “with only the sea breeze to enjoy from the concrete promenade”?

Field Place
Tues 14th November Talk Cooch Memorial lecture: Don’t buy an electric car!
Profs Averil MacDonald and Alun Vaughan, Southampton University
Everyone seems to think that electric cars are an excellent way to reduce pollution and our reliance on fossil fuels. But it’s not that simple. Averil will explain the serious difficulties and threats that electric cars could bring, and consider the choices and life style changes that we will all have to adopt to move to a totally green electric world while Alun will describe the huge technological challenges in generating and transmitting the electricity we will demand and the current research being undertaken to achieve this.

The Pavilion
Field Place
Weds 6th December Lunch R.C.E.A. Christmas Lunch at Windsor Hotel, Worthing Worthing
Tues 12th
Talk ‘Operation Chastise’, No 617 Squadron, The Dambusters
Dudley Hooley, Director, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.
The story of the genius of Barnes Wallis and the skill and heroism of Wg Commander Guy Gibson VC and the men of No 617 Squadron given the task of attacking three major dams that contributed water and power to the Ruhr industrial region in Germany; the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe, in an operation code named ‘Operation Chastise’.

Field Place
Tues 9th
Talk Steel – from Bessemer to today
Dr Tim Smith, Consulting Editor, Steel and Aluminium
In 2016, 1.62 billion tonnes of steel were made worldwide of which half was made in China.
Quality of product and efficiency in production has rapidly improved there largely thanks to the adoption of western supplied technologies.
Nearly three-quarters (74.2%) of steel today is made in the basic oxygen converter (BOC), the remainder mainly in electric arc furnaces. The BOC is an evolution of the Bessemer process introduced in 1856. In the BOC, pure oxygen is blown into molten blast furnace iron at supersonic speed to reduce the carbon content from 4.3% to near zero. The same principle was applied by Bessemer but he did not have tonnage oxygen or supersonic lances so blew air through the base of the vessel which caused porosity in the steel because of its high nitrogen content. With help and perseverance, this, and other problems, were overcome.
The talk will follow the development of steelmaking into the 21st century.
Field Place
Tues 13th
Talk Bring Energy to Life
Tianyu Luo from National Grid
As Great Britain’s electricity system operator, National Grid takes the responsibility to plan and operate the electricity system to comply with the Security and Quality of Supply Standard. The presentation introduces the National Grid’s roles in the Great Britain’s electricity market and daily electricity system operational actions including energy balancing, managing uncertainty, demand forecasting, and system constraints. An update of future electricity network and relevant ongoing projects will be discussed followed by the Q&A section at the end.
Field Place
Tues 13th
Talk Across India by train
Colin Boocock retired railway mechnical engineer, and an active railway author and photographer
Colin and his wife spent two weeks travelling by train across northern India from Shimla in the Himalayan foothills to Delhi, Agra and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. They finished up with a tram ride through old Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). This talk mixes diverse railway interest and spectacular scenery with insights into the teeming cities, architectural treasures, the people and even visits to organisations that help destitute children. Be surprised at the modern India!
Field Place
Weds 18th April Lunch Spring Lunch at Northbrook College Worthing
Thurs 11th May Outing TO BE ANNOUNCED

Thurs 8th June Visit TO BE ANNOUNCED PLACE
Tues 11th July Visit TO BE ANNOUNCED