Welcome to the Professional Engineers' Club (Exeter).


Latest News (-in last month or so)

On 11th November 2019, Hamish Hall of WSP gave a talk on "Moving the River Taw at Colleton Mill". In 2017 the River Taw was dangerously close to the railway line between Exeter and Barnstaple (Tarka Line) near Colleton Mill. Part of a mass concrete wall had collapsed due to scour at a sharp bend in the river adjacent to the railway, and the remaining wall was also close to collapse. The remedial work adopted was to move the river Taw back into the flood plain, to create a backwater channel for wildlife in part of the original channel, and with the excavation from the new channel to backfill the old channel adjacent to the railway line to provide permanent long term support. The project was remarkable for its short duration and relatively low cost due to the close collaboration of client Network Rail, designers, contractor, and specialist advisors on wildlife fisheries and ecology. Although the Environment Agency was consulted at all stages, the short project timescale was only possible as the whole works were within the Network Rail curtilage.

See our News Archive for previous entries.

Forthcoming events

Thursday 21st November - The Chairman's Lunch will take place in the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren. - 12.30 for 1pm. Now fully booked

9 December 2019 Meeting(M) Dr Clare Maudling - The Rebuilding of Exeter after the Blitz

This meeting will be probably be held in the Mews Room.

See our EVENTS page for full programme.

   The Club was founded in 1986 as the Retired Chartered Engineers' Club to provide a social meeting place for retired and semi retired professional engineers and a means of keeping in touch with achievements and developments in engineering (see our Constitution). The Club has links with other organisations including the University of Exeter where it presents the Flux Award, in memory of our founder Robert W. Flux FIEE, to the student making the best oral presentation of a project.

   Membership is open to Retired or Semi-retired Engineers and related professionals resident in the South West and currently includes more than 50 representatives from the Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Communications, Gas, Marine, Mechanical, Petroleum, Structural and other disciplines. Prospective members are welcomed as guests at Club events.

For further membership information please contact us at honsec@rcec.co.uk . You can also download a membership application form here:   

   Members assemble from 10.00am for an informal tea or coffee and the meeting starts promptly at 10.30am when short reports concerning Club business are presented by the committee. This is followed by a talk of approximately 40 - 60 minutes on a subject of engineering interest usually given by invited speakers or sometimes by members. Topics have been as diverse as nuclear fusion reactors and Roman aqueducts.
   Social events take place throughout the year and technical visits are arranged for the summer months.
  The Heritage Trail section researches the achievements of engineers with local connections and where appropriate arranges for the erection of plaques in their memory.

   There are Clubs similar to ours in other areas of the UK and a list of those known to us may be reached via the LINKS page