More Papers and articles
A selection of Strategy Reports, Presidential Addresses, and other papers.
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.
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.
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.
Authored by William Dunbar, Formerly Director of Consulting Engineers Halcrow
The paper explains the role of a civil engineer in the provision of infrastructure and in the control of safety at major sporting events such as golf club championships.
The Rankine Songbook
A collection of humorous, romantic and patriotic songs written by Prof WJM Rankine
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
James Napier discusses his practical experiments and results on the subjects of superheated steam and of the rolling of ships.
William Johnstone reflects upon the challenges and construction of the Charing Cross Bridge in London, work undertaken by Mr Brunel and Mr Hawkshaw.
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.
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.
Walter Neilson reflects on papers and contributions over the last year – it reads like a who’s who of significant engineers of the time!
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!
William Rankine’s Inaugural Presidential Address 1857
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.’