The Welding Institute


Events

From technical group webinars, global institute webinars to branch activities that include technical talks, visits and social events, there are so many opportunities for you to develop both your professional and social networks.

Forthcoming events:

Upcoming events

    • 3 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    South Western Branch AGM

    The South Western Branch AGM is organised and run by our South Western  Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

    The Annual General meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for Branch members to hear reports from the Committee on the achievements and work of the Branch over the year; to make plans for the year ahead; to review the accounts and to elect the Committee for the next year.

    Why don't you become involved in your Branch? It is not onerous, it is good for your CV/CPD and the committee is an interesting and friendly group of people.’

    Please note, only Branch Members can vote at the AGM.

    If you cannot attend the AGM but would like to raise an issue or ask a question, lease email us at theweldinginstitute@twi.co.uk

    We hope you can join us!



      • 8 Feb 2023
      • 6:00 PM
      • Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3AL
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      London Branch Technical Talk

      This is a London Branch event organised and run by our London  Branch for  members of the London and Kent Branches. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

      Overview:- This meeting will draw on the extensive experience within IACS of the work of a Senior Pipeline Inspector. The presentation will cover:

      ➢ Routes to becoming a Pipeline Inspector.

      ➢ Approval/examination centres and schemes.

      ➢ Duties and responsibilities of a Senior Pipeline Inspector.

      ➢ The challenges of working as an SPI.

      ➢ Future careers in the pipeline industry.

      ➢ What is a typical pipeline inspection team.

      ➢ Introduction to NDT with a focus on phased array testing.

      ➢ Case study: problem solving as an SPI.


      Speakers:- John Hewitt and Michael Michlovsky (IACS Ltd)

      Speaker Biographies:- 

      John Hewitt entered the pipeline inspection industry in 1977 and held the position of Senior Pipeline Inspector for 25 years; establishing IACS in 1998. He is currently responsible for quality assurance, business development and management of services to major clients in the gas, oil, petrochemical and water industries.

      Michael Michlovsky has worked on projects worldwide for IACS since 2006 and became Technical Director of IACS in 2019.

      Event poster can be downloaded here

      The is a hybrid event. For those wishing to attend online, please see the separate event announcement.  There will be tea and coffee  available before the event and a sandwich buffet afterwards for those attending in person.

      Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


      Additional Information:

      • Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.
      • Live event only
      • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.

      • 8 Feb 2023
      • 6:00 PM
      • Online (Via Zoom)
      Register
      London Branch Technical Talk

      This is a London Branch event organised and run by our London  Branch for  members of the London and Kent Branches. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

      Overview:- This meeting will draw on the extensive experience within IACS of the work of a Senior Pipeline Inspector. The presentation will cover:

      ➢ Routes to becoming a Pipeline Inspector.

      ➢ Approval/examination centres and schemes.

      ➢ Duties and responsibilities of a Senior Pipeline Inspector.

      ➢ The challenges of working as an SPI.

      ➢ Future careers in the pipeline industry.

      ➢ What is a typical pipeline inspection team.

      ➢ Introduction to NDT with a focus on phased array testing.

      ➢ Case study: problem solving as an SPI.


      Speakers:- John Hewitt and Michael Michlovsky (IACS Ltd)

      Speaker Biographies:- 

      John Hewitt entered the pipeline inspection industry in 1977 and held the position of Senior Pipeline Inspector for 25 years; establishing IACS in 1998. He is currently responsible for quality assurance, business development and management of services to major clients in the gas, oil, petrochemical and water industries.

      Michael Michlovsky has worked on projects worldwide for IACS since 2006 and became Technical Director of IACS in 2019.

      Event poster can be downloaded here

      The is a hybrid event. For those wishing to attend IN PERSON, please see the separate event announcement.  There will be tea and coffee  available before the event and a sandwich buffet afterwards for those attending in person.

      Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


      Additional Information:

      • Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.
      • Live event only
      • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.

      • 8 Feb 2023
      • 6:30 PM
      • TWI, Granta Park, Cambridge CB21 6AL
      • 83
      Register
      Eastern Counties Branch AGM and Technical Talk

      This is an Eastern Counties Branch event organised and hosted by the Branch Committee on behalf of Branch members. Other Members and non-members are also welcome to join us.

      Overview: Eastern Counties Branch meeting and AGM

      Speaker: Kyriakos Flentzeris (Reliability Project Leader, TWI Ltd)

      Speaker Biography: Kyriakos Flentzeris is qualified as a materials engineer (MEng), metallurgist (MMet) and International Welding Engineer (IWE). In addition, he is CSWIP certified in several NDE techniques, including UT and PAUT. He has a working experience from projects in several sectors, including infrastructure, offshore, nuclear, and oil and gas, with work scopes, mainly focused on NDE and inspections around welded products.

      He is a reliability project leader within the NDE group of TWI. He provides engineering services in developing non-destructive evaluation techniques and inspection procedures. His primary areas of involvement include phased array systems, ultrasonic modelling and interpretation of NDT codes and standards.

      A poster for this event can be downloaded here.

      This years AGM will held in person at 6:30pm at TWI in Cambridge and will be followed by the talk. Refreshments will be available from 6pm

      The Annual General meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for Branch members to hear reports from the Committee on the achievements and work of the Branch over the year; to make plans for the year ahead; to review the accounts and to elect the Committee for the next year.

      For 2023 the Branch will be holding a mixture of in-person and Zoom meetings. These are a convenient way of widening your technical knowledge, maintaining your essential CPD and interacting with a wide range of professionals in the welding industry. The committee is keen to welcome all Members to our meetings so that you can make the most of your membership.

      Please note, only Branch Members can vote at the AGM.

      Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

      Additional Information:

      ·         Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.

      ·         Live event only

      ·         Registration details maybe shared with our volunteers to facilitate this event.


        • 15 Feb 2023
        • 9:00 AM
        • Online (Zoom)
        Register
        Australian Network – Technical Talk

        This is an Australian Members event organised by the Australian Members Working Group on behalf of Professional members in Australia. All members based in Australia are invited to join our meeting and technical talk. 

        Overview: The Webinar; ‘Waveform Controlled GMAW and Synergic systems’ will focus on the mechanism, benefits and limitations of the waveform controlled GMAW process modes and clarify the relationship between process mode control and Synergic systems.

        Speaker: John Norrish

        Speaker Biography: John Norrish is Emeritus Professor of Welding at the University of Wollongong. He  has more than 40 years involvement with welding engineering in industry and academic research. He worked for RowenArc, and BOC in the UK, CIG in Australia and Cranfield University in the UK before taking up the CRC Chair in Welding and Joining at Wollongong University in 1995.  He has a special interest in arc welding process control, metal transfer phenomena, welding safety, welding automation and additive manufacturing. He ihas been an active member of TWI since the 1960’s and is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of TWI . He is  Honorary Fellow of the John has more than two hundred publications in journals and international conferences.

        He is also the author of a Book - Advanced Welding Processes, revised and republished by Woodhead Publishing  in 2006. International Welding Institute and the American Welding Society.

        Although formally retired from UOW in 2012 he became an Emeritus Professor and continues to be involved in research activities of the facility for intelligent fabrication (FIF) at UOW.

        Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

        Additional Information:

        • Registration will close 48 hours before the event starts.
        • Live event only
        • Registration details will be shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate the event.

        Please note this event is for Australian members only.

        • 15 Feb 2023
        • 10:00 AM
        • AMRC North West Roy Chadwick Way, Samlesbury, Enterprise Zone, Mellor Brook, Blackburn, BB2 7HP
        • 18
        Register
        North Western Branch – Site Visit

        North Western Branch Committee invite you to join them for a site visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Centre (NW) in Blackburn. 

        Our visit will be hosted by Peter McOnie

        Participants registering for the event should wear appropriate clothing for a working environment

        Light refreshments will be available

        Spaces are limited so please register your interest early.



        • 16 Feb 2023
        • 5:30 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register
        East Midlands Branch Technical Talk (FREE!)

        This is an East Midlands Branch event organised and run by our East Midlands Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

        Overview:  Presentation about underwater joining processes of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels and ways to minimize the main problems. Firstly, different underwater welding methods will be described. Secondly, the most important problems and their results. In the next step, the differences of the quality of the joints during different welding conditions. At the last step, proposed improvement methods will be presented. The most important are: modification of welding parameters, criterion of steel selection, temper bead welding technique, modification of filler materials

        Speaker: Prof. Jacek Tomkow (Gdańsk University of Technology) 

        Speaker Biography: Engineer in 2011, Master of Science in 2012, Philosophy Doctor in 2018, Doctor of Science (habilitation) in 2022 – each graduated at GUT. Associate Professor since 2022 at GUT. Expert in the field of underwater welding processes, especially manual metal arc welding and friction stir welding, both in wet welding conditions. Mostly focused on the weldability of steel, especially HSLA, AHS and UHS steels. In scientific work he discovered the methods of minimizing susceptibility to cold cracking, and improvement the quality of wet welded joints.

        Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

        Additional Information:

        • Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.
        • Live event only
        • Registration details will be shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.



        • 16 Feb 2023
        • 6:00 PM
        • Altrad Babcock. Renfrew PA4 8DJ
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        Scottish Branch Technical Talk

        This is a joint Scottish Branch and BINDT event organised and run for the benefit of members from both Institutes. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

        Overview: As per the title,  Will’s talk will cover IONX  inspection and monitoring technologies for applications in nuclear, energy and oil & gas.

        Speaker: Will Vickers (IONX Advanced Technologies) 

        Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


        Additional Information:

        • Registration details will be shared with our Branch volunteers and host to help facilitate this event.



        • 23 Feb 2023
        • 6:00 PM
        • Online (Zoom)
        Register

        New Energy Applications at Cambridge Vacuum Engineering.

        North Scottish Branch Technical Talk

        This is a joint event organised by our North Scottish Branch and the Scottish Association for Metals (SAM). Members of both organisations and non-members are very welcome to join us.

        Overview:- Over the last 2 years, SSE, Sif, CVE and TWI have undertaken an Innovate UK funded project to industrialise Low Vacuum Electron Beam Welding. The aim of the project was to deliver an EB longitudinally welded can (Tower Section) onto Dogger Bank windfarm, the world’s largest windfarm at the time of planning. The project was successfully completed in January 2023, having achieved DNV Technical Qualification of the welding process, with supporting mechanical testing and Engineering Criticality Assessment. The forward steps are now to look at circumferential welding and to industrialise the process, which will lead to cost reductions in welding of 80% and a productivity increase of approx. 20x. This presentation will cover the background of the technology, the project management and obstacles encountered, and how Scotland and the UK have learnt lessons on how to be innovative.

        Speakers:-

        James MacArthur CEng FIMMM

        (SSE Mechanical Engineering Manager E&I Technical Authority - Materials)

        Chris Punshon CEng FWeldI

        (Head of New Energy Applications, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering)

        Speaker Biographies:-  

        James MacArthur:- James graduated in 1996 from Strathclyde University with a degree in Metallurgy and Engineering Materials. He started his career with British Steel and entered the power industry in 2004 with Mitsui Babcock (Now Doosan Power Systems). James joined SSE in 2013 as Materials TA, which was his role at the start of Rapidweld, where he was the project manager of the Innovate UK project, and is now the Mechanical Engineering Manager for Onshore Renewables and Hydro Engineering and Innovation function.


        Chris Punshon:-Chris is a Fellow of The Welding Institute and graduated with an Honours degree in Metallurgy from Sheffield University. Over the years, he has developed his expertise in the field of power beam (EB) welding and application. Most recently he has focused on business development in the Decarbonisation of Power production and the Energy transition including Wind, Geothermal power, Nuclear power plant, waste and decommissioning, Fusion development and Next Generation nuclear power plant sectors. Chris has worked on a wide range of power generation projects and developed strong connections with colleagues in related industries and academic institutions. Chris is Head of New Energy Applications at Cambridge Vacuum Engineering.

        Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

        Additional Information:

        ·         Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.

        ·         Live event only

        ·         Registration details maybe shared with our volunteers to help facilitate this event.







        Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


          • 23 Feb 2023
          • 7:00 PM
          • Good Companions, 119 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9DS
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          Southern Counties Branch Event

          This is a Southern Counties Branch event organised and run by our Southern Counties  Branch for  members of the Branch. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

          Overview:-  The presentation will offer an introduction to the basic principles of Additive Manufacturing with key focus on Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing. The major factors will Be presented in wire making and their effect on the WAAM process. Application Examples of the process will be presented with a discussion on the effect of mechanical properties offered by this process

          Speaker:- Stuart Thomas (Voestalpine Bohler Welding UK Ltd)

          Speaker Biography:- Stuart Thomas is the Technical Services Manager at Voestalpine Bohler where he has worked for over 20 years. The company pioneers innovative welding consumables with a product portfolio of over 2000 items for a worldwide market..

          Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


          Additional Information:

          • Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.
          • Live event only
          • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.

          • 27 Feb 2023
          • 6:00 PM
          • TWI Technology Centre, Wallis Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5TZ AND online (Zoom)
          Register
          Sheffield Branch AGM and Technical Talk

          This is a Sheffield Branch event organised and run by our Sheffield Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

          Overview: In December 1965 a large pressure vessel being manufactured by John Thompson (Wolverhampton) Limited for the ICI Immingham plant fractured during a hydraulic test. Damage to the vessel was extensive with four large pieces being thrown from the vessel. One of these, weighing approximately 2 tonnes, went through the workshop wall and landed some 46m away. One minor casualty was reported. In this talk, Joanna Nicholas will look at the lessons that can be learnt from such failures. 

          Speaker: Joanna Nicholas

          Speaker Biography: Joanna Nicholas is a welding engineer and ferrous metallurgist. She has worked for TWI since 1999 and is a specialist in steels. She lectures on the IWE Diploma on the Materials and Behaviour Modules and provides a number of other training courses, alongside her main role as Team manager to a group of metallurgists and corrosion engineers who are failure investigation specialists.

          Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

          Additional Information:

          • Sandwich Buffet served from 17:30
          • Registration for this event will close 48 hours before the start.
          • Live event only
          • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.
          • 15 Mar 2023
          • 6:30 PM
          • Graham Engineering Ltd, Whitewalls Ind Est, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 8SY
          • 28
          Register
          North Western Branch – Site Demonstration

          North Western Branch Committee invite you to join them for an on site practical demonstration of the Maxphotonics Handheld laser welding machine at Graham Engineering in Nelson, Lancashire. 

          Our visit will be hosted by Tom Smith

          Participants registering for the event should wear appropriate clothing for a working environment

          Light refreshments will be available

          Spaces are limited so please register your interest early.



          • 16 Mar 2023
          • 7:00 PM
          • ON LINE (Microsoft Teams)
          Register
          Southern Counties Branch Event

          This is a Southern Counties Branch event organised and run by our Southern Counties  Branch for  members of the Branch. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

          Overview:-  Basic overview and look into the advantages and applications of Low Amp Pulse TIG Welding, Induction and Furnace Brazing techniques. 

          Speaker:- James Ballantine (INVACUA)

          Speaker Biography:- James is a master when it comes to joining all types metal and has extensive knowledge of mechanical design and assembly in nuclear, aero and automotive industries. James started his career working as a tool maker before working for a leading nuclear company running a team manufacturing nuclear instrumentation. 

          Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.


          Additional Information:

          • Registration for this event will close 24 hours before the start.
          • Live event only
          • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.

          • 27 Mar 2023
          • 6:00 PM
          • TWI Technology Centre, Wallis Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5TZ AND online (Zoom)
          Register
          Sheffield Branch Technical Talk

          This is a Sheffield Branch event organised and run by our Sheffield Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

          Overview: Building on experience learnt from some work undertaken by TWI, Steve will talk about how repairs in oil pipelines and other situations can be carried out offshore, subsea and with the oil still flowing. An interesting challenge given that we need friction to make a friction stir weld, and oil is good at eliminating that.  These techniques are now being considered for other types of repair, including processing existing but fatigued weld roots in pipelines, subsea risers and wind turbine towers

          Speaker: Stephen Cater (Principal Project Leader, TWI) 

          Speaker Biography:Steve is responsible for research into the friction stir welding (FSW) of both thick section light metal alloys such as aluminium and magnesium, and high plasticisation point materials such as steel, titanium and nickel-based alloys. A metallurgist by training, and winner of the Richard Weck Award for his work on steel, Stephen led TWI’s Core Research Programme (CRP) into the development of FSW for steel, and also led the welding elements of two recent projects looking at steel FSW for marine construction

          Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

          Additional Information:

          • Sandwich Buffet served from 17:30
          • Registration for this event will close 48 hours before the start.
          • Live event only
          • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.
          • 24 Apr 2023
          • 6:00 PM
          • NAMRC, Wallis Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5TZ (IN PERSON ONLY)
          Register
          Sheffield Branch Technical Talk

          This is a Sheffield Branch event organised and run by our Sheffield Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

          Overview: Many non-engineering personnel can be forgiven for inferring that all personnel identified as ‘welding engineers’ have the necessary skills needed to provide solutions associated with ALL joining methods, even if they are solely involved with metallic materials.  This is a very precarious situation for such personnel to find themselves faced with, especially as we move into an era where joining engineering required by the energy and transportation sectors will become a critical discipline for success. This talk will consider the issues and opportunities this challenge presents.

          Full abstract can be read here

          Speaker: Prof. Steve Jones PhD, CEng, FWeldI Professor of Welding, Brazing and Bonding Technologies, University of Sheffield

          Speaker Biography: Professor Jones is a Fellow and active member of The Welding Institute and has held a number of senior roles in industry. He is currently working at Sheffield University. 

          Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

          Additional Information:

          • Registration for this event will close 48 hours before the start.
          • Live event only
          • Registration details maybe shared with our Branch volunteers to help facilitate this event.
          • 26 Apr 2023
          • 10:00 AM
          • Emerson & Renwick Ltd, Peel Bank Works, Church, Accrington, BB5 4EF
          • 30
          Register
          North Western Branch – Site Visit

          North Western Branch Committee invite you to join them for a site visit to Emersen and Renwick Ltd in Accrington. 

          Our visit will be hosted by Andy Jack

          Participants registering for the event should wear appropriate clothing for a working environment

          Light refreshments will be available

          Spaces are limited so please register your interest early.



          • 28 Apr 2023
          • 7:00 PM
          • Middlesbrough Football Club, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough TS3 6RS
          Teesside Branch Annual Dinner

          Teesside Branch

          ANNUAL DINNER

          FRIDAY 28th April 2023

          Middlesbrough Football Club, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough TS3 6RS

          (Legends Lounge). 

          19:00 for a 19:30 start

          It is Teesside Branch Committee’s pleasure to once again welcome you and your guests to this year’s ANNUAL DINNER.


          Applications for tickets should be made as soon as possible and not later than 7th April 2023Please complete and return the our reply form and send it together with your payment to reserve your tickets.

          DRESS CODE IS LOUNGE SUITS

          We hope to see you there!


          Teesside Branch Committee

          • 17 May 2023
          • 6:30 PM
          • Wilkinson Star, Shield Drive, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2WD
          • 30
          Register
          North Western Branch – Site Visit

          North Western Branch Committee invite you to join them for an site visit to Wilkinson Star in Manchester to look at the latest welding equipment. 

          Our visit will be hosted by Tom Smith

          Participants registering for the event should wear appropriate clothing for a working environment

          Light refreshments will be available

          Spaces are limited so please register your interest early.



          • 14 Jun 2023
          • 6:00 PM
          • Westfield Bowling Club, Scott St, Nelson, Lancs BB9 7UE
          • 30
          Register
          North Western Branch – Social Event

          North Western Branch Committee invite you to join them for 

          Intercompany Crown Green Bowling

          At Westfield Bowling Club, Scott Street, Nelson, BB9 7UE

          Please note, all potential participants need to register their intention to attend in order to facilitate arrangements on the day.

          Look forward to seeing you there!



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