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December news from the Mining Institute

This month we have a lecture from Martin Cox, President-Elect of IOM3, a report from our AGM, Christmas lectures for all the family and scroll down for exciting news of our Heritage Lottery Fund Application....

Report from the NEIMME October AGM

Members of the Mining Institute met last month at our AGM which confirmed the officers for the year, accepted the Annual Report and Accounts and passed a special resolution.  This special resolution is: 
This Annual General Meeting of the membership of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, having considered the Development Strategy adopted by the Council of the Institute, affirms the intention of the members present to transfer the assets of building, collection and staff to the new entity (working title The Great North Institute) that the Council will have created by the AGM next year to hold those assets in the future and deploy them in line with the Vision set out below.
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers - founded to address the safe and effective exploitation of the natural resources of the North East - will create as a legacy a new Institute dedicated to exploring the future of that region, its people and the distinctive contribution it could make to the global as well as regional consequences of the industrial revolution that began - and ended – here.

Directional Drilling: Technology, Developments and Achievements
Martin Cox
Thursday 8th December 2016

At the end of the 19th Century oil well drilling was a slow process, based on a variety of mining based innovations, combined and adapted to access simple, close to surface reserves.  The Spindletop discovery, Beaumont Texas 1901, utilised the rotary drilling process to access a reservoir at +/- 1,000ft, and the Texas Oil Boom soon made the USA the world's leading oil producer.

As the demand for oil and gas increased, the industry faced increasing challenges, the drilling process has required major advances to meet demand and keep the industry competitive.  The development of directional drilling technology has had a major impact on the industry’s ability to access smaller, more complex reserves with increasing environmental constraint. Accessing unconventional reserves such as geothermal energy and carbon capture developments will require its use.

Martin Cox began in 1979 as an NCB Student Apprentice in the South Nottinghamshire Area. Graduating in Mining Engineering he joined the offshore oil industry. His 30 years in well engineering activities, overseas & the UK, includes commercialisation and development of directional drilling & related technologies in use today. Now with Aberdeen Drilling Management (ADM) engaged in investment, application of expertise and technology, with a view to future energy requirements and environmental challenges.  Martin is President elect for the Institute IOM3 2017/18.

As usual, the lecture is free and open to the public with teas and coffees from 5:30 p.m. and a cash bar from 7:00 p.m.

Printed programme cards listing all the lectures are now available to collect from the Mining Institute and will be posted to Members shortly.

Mining Institute Christmas Lectures 2016

Bridges with Technology Tom
28, 29 and 30th December 2016

The history, science and engineering of the Tyne Bridges and the people involved in their construction
Each day from the 28th-30th of December there will be a lecture and workshop exploring Tyneside’s most iconic structures, the famous bridges spanning the Tyne Gorge, and the great engineers behind their building.

Find out how the bridges were built, how the engineering works, the physics and material sciences involved in building a bridge and what’s involved in keeping them in good repair.
Join the workshop to build your very own bridge to take home and help build a bigger bridge in our famous Library.

Great fun for adults and children!

Dates: 28, 29 and 30 December 2016
Times (daily)   11am-12 noon  - Lecture
                       12 noon-1pm  - Workshop
                        2pm-3pm  - Lecture
                        3pm-4pm  - Workshop
Booking available soon via Eventbrite - please check the website for more details in December.

North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers Secures National Lottery Support

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, located in Neville Hall in the heart of Newcastle, has secured Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support of £4.7m, including development funding of £600,000.

The overall aim of the project is to secure a sustainable future for the Institute, building on a remarkable heritage over a 165-year period and giving it a new role for the 21st Century.  The project involves:
  • Restoration of the exterior of the magnificent Grade II* Listed Neville Hall, including the return of ornamental features highlighting its origins as a Regional Institute, along with the renovation of illustrious interior rooms, including the Romano-Gothic Wood Memorial Hall and Edwardian Lecture Theatre;
  • Preservation and celebration of the Institute’s unique industrial and engineering heritage and the genius of the early pioneers and entrepreneurs whose skill, knowledge and invention were exported around the world;
  • Digitisation of a unique archive creating online access for research into one of the most important collections in the world for the study of the birth of the Industrial Revolution;
  • Exploration and development of a programme aimed at ensuring that our past and present industrial strengths are better understood by the people and communities of the North, as well as promotion of engineering careers and apprenticeships;
  • Securing a future role for the Institute in providing exceptional meeting spaces for the Region and promoting - in the building and online - a programme of debates, conferences, seminars and events that contribute to the economic, social, environmental and cultural life of the region.
The Institute’s vision and commitment to identify new opportunities to support economic growth, through working with partners across the public and private sectors, are pivotal to its development plans.  The Reece Foundation has given a powerful signal of support for the Institute with an award of £100,000. 

Commenting on the news of HLF’s support, Catherine Miller, President of the Institute, said: “This is a momentous day and is a major milestone in securing a future for a Great North Institute.  We are delighted that HLF is investing in our mission to celebrate an esteemed industrial heritage and our vision for current and future generations”.

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said: “Lying in the heart of Newcastle, this new resource will bring fresh life and energy to the legacy of the North East’s industrial and engineering heritage.  Plans to restore the existing Institute and to create a Common Room for the Region with a programme to illustrate this far-reaching story are already well developed.  We look forward to working closely with the Institute over the coming months”.
Hope to see you soon at one of our forthcoming events.
Best wishes for Christmas and an exciting New Year,

Derek Newton
Hon. Secretary
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