Burton upon Trent and District Engineering Society


Programme for 2019/20 season:

Wednesday 20th November:

Social Evening at Marston Club, Shobnall Road.
Talk and supper.

Talk on Brunel’s Leviathan - The Great Eastern Story dramatically told by Andrew Lound

5th December:

Prior to the lecture the Society’s bursary will be presented to Jacob Fowkes by the Society President Ken Logue.

Deep Sea Drilling from a Dynamically Positioned Drilling Rig by Colin Atkinson, Master Mariner and Offshore Installation Manager (retired).


23rd January:

The King’s Cross Coal Drops – prize-winning renovation to exceed Covent Garden by Noah Walton, Arup.

Coal Drops Yard is the centrepiece of the regeneration of King’s Cross, a part of central London that has undergone rapid change in recent decades. The railway section of King’s Cross encompassed many feats of Victorian engineering, but during the 20th century the area had become rundown. This new development has created a vibrant city quarter with boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafés and public space.

Located in the heart of the capital, it makes use of two 19th century historic railway buildings that over the past 150 years have been used as everything from coal distribution to warehouses and nightclubs.

27th February:

Temporary Works - the hidden engineering, and its failures! by Peter Pallett, Pallett Temporary Works Ltd.

Talk  Resume:

Temporary Works account for a significant proportion of the cost of the permanent works, yet the engineering and construction techniques to achieve those final works are rarely promoted, they are a hidden part of engineering.  This well illustrated presentation will describe the types of temporary works in use, past and present, before describing some of the more common engineering aspects involved in placing concrete, and the resulting design planning to control the deformations and movements.  Illustrated with case studies and local examples, some  possibly familiar with Society Members (including those from last year's Ship Canal adventure) The most cost effective temporary works is "no temporary works", but that might improve construction speed at the expense of safety.  The presentation concludes with looking at the lessons we can learn from failures and ends with a couple of short related video clips. This is not a technical presentation, and will inform members of the challenges faced by the "forgotten" engineering of temporary works.


Peter Pallett is a chartered civil engineer specialising in the specific areas of above ground temporary works.  He is also an accredited Expert Witness for his specialist subjects. member of the BSI committee for falsework (BS 5975) and helped significantly on the procedures, loading and design sections. He assisted extensively with writing the updated procedures for ALL UK temporary works, published in May 2019.

26th March:

The Wells and Water that made Burton famous by Martyn Ralph, Brewery Design Engineer.

23rd April:

Capturing reality - 3D Laser scanning, mobile mapping and UAV surveys by Tim Faulkener, MK Surveys.

21st May:

Space Engineering at the University of Leicester by Alexander Lodge, Leicester University Space Centre.

6th September 2020:

Annual President’s Coach Trip

Outing to the Shuttleworth Collection, Vintage Air Show, Biggleswade – cost £45 to include admission and coach travel- more details to follow.