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A selection of Strategy Reports, Presidential Addresses, and other papers.

Strategy Reports

To Engineer

To Engineer

Strategies for solving complex problems

Authored by IES Past President Iain MacLeod

The paper discusses fundamental issues in problem solving and describes strategies used by professional engineers.

The disciplne of critical thinking

Working with complex uncertainty

Iain A MacLeod

This report discusses ideas as to how the thinking modes and principles used by those who achieve success in situations of complex uncertainty can be identified and adopted.

Engineering for Energy

Engineering for Energy

A proposal for governance of the energy system

Authored by the IES Energy Strategy Group

The paper argues that government policy for energy must be based on engineered planning. The planning should be carried out by a National Energy Authority.

Other Papers

Opinion piece: The UK Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force

A case study of government success

Iain A MacLeod

Mirror of History

Mirror of History

A Millennium Commemorative Volume containing 25 of the most influential papers from the 20th Century volumes of Transactions, published in 2000 to coincide with the Millennium celebrations. Authors include Charles Parsons, John Logie Baird, Jackie Stewart and Sir James Lighthill.

Engineering for net zero

IES Energy Strategy Group

The success of efforts to achieve the UK goal of net zero emissions by 2050 will be critically dependent on the actions taken by government. The paper explains why government decisions for achieving the goal must be based on proposals that have been ‘engineered’ by a specially appointed body.

Presidential Addresses

Presidential Address 1868

James M Gale comments on the removal of the weir near the Jamaica Bridge and the various discussions between interests before the construction of the Loch Katrine Works.

Presidential Address 1866

James Lawrie reflects “Whenever and whenever the action of mankind is based upon information possessed, the means by which distance- the impediment hitherto to the transmission of information- can be eliminated becomes of paramount importance” – the Transatlantic Cable

Presidential Address 1865

James Lawrie comments that “the public now feel and acknowledge that, within the whole business of engineers, no operations are more important than those assigned to them in perfecting the means for the preservation of life and health; and the cleansing of towns is imperatively required for that purpose.”

Presidential Address 1864

James Napier discusses his practical experiments and results on the subjects of superheated steam and of the rolling of ships.

Presidential Address 1862

William Johnstone reflects upon the challenges and construction of the Charing Cross Bridge in London, work undertaken by Mr Brunel and Mr Hawkshaw.

Presidential Address 1861

William Johnstone discusses the improvements made to the ‘air engine’ following a presentation by Patrick Stirling (Rev Stirling’s son). It is interesting to note that the Stirling Engine is currently generating interest as the core component of micro combined heat and power (CHP) units.

Presidential Address 1860

Walter Neilson, very much a paper of its time, Mr Neilson describes the contribution of engineering to armaments and defence and how railways, docks and ships can all make a contribution.

Presidential Address 1859

Walter Neilson reflects on papers and contributions over the last year – it reads like a who’s who of significant engineers of the time!

Presidential Address 1858

William Rankine discusses papers submitted over the last year and the successes that have followed on from the sharing of information. Way ahead if it’s time the Institution supported the adoption of the ‘metrical scale’ - the metric system was finally adopted in 1965!

Presidential Address 1857

William Rankine’s Inaugural Presidential Address 1857

Crawford Gorrie's Presidential Address

We thought you might like to read Crawford's presidential address - many matters raised are still relevant today! Crawford Gorrie gives an overview of the history of G and J Weir and reflects upon the company’s successes and the importance of focus ‘on the vision and commitment to continuous improvement in whatever it does.’

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