This year’s London Branch Christmas Luncheon at the Royal Overseas League, was a huge success by any one’s standards. 174 engineers and their guests from all over the United Kingdom, and from as far away as Vancouver, attended to celebrate the start of the Christmas season in style.
After Grace was said, the proceedings were underway, and once the main course was finished, the diners were entertained by the Italian Maître d’, the French Head Chef and a young French waitress who performed an operatic musical rendition to the delight of the audience.
It was a fantastic performance by a group called the Singing Waiters who received rapturous applause.
The London Branch Chairman, Jim Glynn, thanked the guests for their continued support and introduced the new President, Sarah Vasey, who noted that it was a delight to see so many young engineers in the room and she commented that she was committed to continue the initiative to make the Institute of Corrosion a valuable fraternity for both young and the more established engineers.
Overall it was a really memorable occasion, and thanks must go all those who continue to support The Institute of Corrosion, those that sponsored the event, and of course the organising sub-committee who pulled all this together so expertly.
As a footnote, it was noticeable there was a much better cross section of experienced and younger, male and female engineers, which made for a more relaxed atmosphere and with plenty of raucous laughter throughout the afternoon.
The last technical meeting of 2016 was a joint meeting with TWI, where an excellent presentation was given by Richard Pargeter Technology Fellow at TWI, entitled “Testing in aggressive environments, a multidisciplinary approach“. Richard discussed sour degradation in carbon and low alloy steels, sour exposure and fracture of steel. These issues are complex and interdisciplinary and can include fatigue, fracture mechanics, chemistry, corrosion, metallurgy, welding and equipment control/design. This makes for a wide range of potential interactions and the conditions often mean that specific testing is required. Richard explained that TWI has concentrated efforts on these complex issues and has excellent and flexible facilities to provide important information on the behaviour of materials in these aggressive environments.
London Branch moved its evening meetings to Imperial College Kensington, London SW7 2BB last year and the new venue has been a great success. There is state-of-the-art presentation equipment with accommodation for up to 100 persons in pleasant, modern and comfortable surroundings. Since moving to this new location attendance at evening meetings is up on previous years.
The next London Branch event at Imperial College is on Thursday 9th March 2017, when the ICorr President, Sarah Vasey, will talk about the Institute, its mission and new initiatives.