Western Counties

Welcome to the Western Counties Regional Group

The Western Counties Regional Group (formerly branch) was founded in 1923 and represents members of the Institution of Structural Engineers in Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire (excluding the district of Salisbury). We are a proactive group, putting on a monthly programme of evening meetings, technical seminars and training courses.  Please see the events list below for further information.

We can be contacted for any matters relating to our work, or the work of structural engineering in general by email. Please contact our Regional Group Secretary by clicking the Contacts option on the right.

As well as providing group information and contact details for representatives in this area, these pages also feature relevant news and events specific to the Western Counties region. These events and news articles will be updated regularly - so please return to this page to ensure you stay abreast with up-to-date information.

There are a number of technical presentations and social events throughout the year to promote the activities of the Institution and to benefit the local membership. There is no booking and these events are free unless noted. Guests are also welcome. We also encourage members to attend the Institution of Civil Engineer events in this region.

If you would like further information please contact our Regional Group Secretary by email at: western.counties@istructe.org.


2018 Annual Dinner
Published: 02/07/2018

The Western Counties Regional Group 2018 Annual Dinner was held on 15 June at Kings Weston House, Bristol.

Obituary: Professor Mike Barnes FIStructE
Published: 14/05/2018

A tribute by Michael Dickson, Past President, which was read by Past President, Tim Ibell, at Mike’s funeral on 21 February 2018. 

To BIM or not to be
Published: 05/07/2017

Presentation by Bal√°zs Troj√°kImage now available for download.

The Martin Ashmead Prize: Celebrating 30 years of the Western Counties Region AM/CM Course
Published: 31/05/2017

Congratulations to George Holland, the first recipient of the Western Counties Regional Group's new "Martin Ashmead Prize". The award was presented by Martin Ashmead on 20 October 2016 at the University of Bristol.

Western Counties Region Summer visit to The Building Research Establishment
Published: 13/03/2017

Innovation Park Watford - a day of Inspiration and CPD .


Joint IStructE and the ICE City Bristol Club - The Hackitt Report: What the industry must learn from the disaster at Grenfell Tower, Bristol

An evening talk on lesson learned from the industry reports into the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Alastair Soane and Paul McNulty,..

Date: 02/10/2018

Location:Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TR

Joint IStructE and the ICE Bristol City Club - To Cardiff and Back

A retrospective look at the choices and decisions that influenced the electrification of the Great Western and beyond.   This is a joint event..

Date: 18/10/2018

Location:Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TR

Western Counties Regional Group - Annual General Meeting followed by a talk on Sustainable, Relevant and Necessary - The Future Role of Structural Engineering

The Western Counties Regional Group Annual General Meeting will be held on 15 November 2018 followed by an evening lecture on 'Sustainable, Relevant..

Date: 15/11/2018

Location:Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TH

Member summary

There are  1125 members in this region, broken down as follows:
Technician Member11

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