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.


Pictures from the Western Counties Regional Group Dinner
Published: 17/11/2017

A selection of images from the Western Counties Regional Group Dinner, held on 16 June at the Lansdown Court Hotel, Bath.

To BIM or not to be
Published: 05/07/2017

Presentation by Balázs TrojákImage 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 .

Livestreamed President's address inspires engineer and son
Published: 25/01/2017

Fiona Gleed discusses how convenient the livestreamed Presidential Address was for a working parent, and how it inspired her son.

Western Counties Region Annual Dinner  at Ashton Court Mansion 
Published: 29/11/2016

A report on the event from Jeremy Crew IEng AMIStructE

Construction Products Regulation
Published: 11/07/2016

The presentation from 30 June is now available for download.

Jenny Cornwell honoured with an Institution Lifetime Achievement Award
Published: 11/07/2016

Jenny Cornwell, Past Chair of the Western Counties Regional Group Committee, won the Institution's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's People and Papers event. In this article she discusses her career and changing opportunities for women engineers.

Western Counties members receive awards
Published: 20/01/2016

Congratulations to three members from Western Counties who were honoured with awards during 2015.


Eurocode Courses: Eurocode 2 Design of Concrete Structures

The Institution’s Western Counties Regional Group and the University of the West of England (UWE) are running again the series of courses on the..

Date: 15/11/2017

Location:University of West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

ElevArch: The World's First Masonry Arch Jacking Trial (Tuesday Group)

The Western Counties Tuesday Group invites you to a free presentation on 21 November 2017. ElevArch is a scheme to lift arch bridges instead of..

Date: 21/11/2017

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

Joint Western Counties Regional Group (Tuesday Group) and the ICE South West - Grab a Grad (Bristol)

The Western Counties Tuesday Group invites you to a free Grab a Grad event on 28 November 2017 at University of Bristol.   Are you a student..

Date: 28/11/2017

Location:Room 1.68, Queen's Building, Bristol University

Member summary

There are  1220 members in this region, broken down as follows:
Technician Member12

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