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Mark Lawton
MCInstCES
(Chair)
Chief Engineering Surveyor, Head of the Skanska Engineering Surveying Department
I have been part of the construction industry since leaving the armed forces in 1989. The variety of projects I have been part of in the UK and Germany, has taken me on a interesting journey from Graduate Land surveyor to my current position of Chief Engineering Surveyor for Skanska. I provide assistance to the majority of Skanska sites and their Joint Venture partners around the UK.The Engineering Surveyors primary role is to ensure the site control network has been established and maintained and then aid the Engineering teams in setting out and other geospatial activities.I ensure that competent people are in place to ensure that these tasks are completed effectively. When new technologies emerge, I ensure that our team have the correct instruments, software and understanding, while maintaining good survey practice.Above all, I enjoy mentoring younger staff and seeing them grow into a more professional Engineering Surveyor than I was, at their age.
Chris-Preston Chris Preston
BSc(Hons) FCInstCES, FRICS, MPWI
I am currently a Senior Engineer within Technical services group, within Asset management services, for Network Rail but my surveying career has spanned more than 35 years, becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors in 2002 but I was a Chartered surveyor in 1985 with Fellowship of RICS in 1998.I have been involved with interview panels for membership of the ICES and encouraged and acted as supervisor for several colleagues to become members of ICES. In addition I have held several roles for the RICS: NVQ Assessor in Spatial Data Management, APC Doctor and Geomatics Professional Group Board since 2005 and current chairman.I was chair of the first GeoBusiness conference in 2014.Collaboration between all institutions and bodies with an interest in Geomatics and Geospatial engineering is a subject that always been high on my list of priorities and I sees BIM as a natural extension of this.Business professional practice has encompassed: Private practice, Nationalised industry, Director of my own consultancy business and a Not for profit company; mainly within the railway industry, within the fields of Asset information, Engineering and Topographic survey.Major Project roles, throughout the UK, have encompassed the West Coast Route Modernisation and Thameslink, currently HS2 as well as numerous other smaller projects, mainly for Network Rail and its predecessors.
  Ian Bush
MSc, CGeog(GIS), FCInstCES, MBCS
Originally trained in Cartography, I quickly became involved in engineering, land, and hydrographic surveying on large infrastructure engineering projects in remote locations around the world. This work also included developing software and methodologies to enhance automated mapping, 3-dimentional modelling, and engineering design applications. Following a Master’s Degree in Construction IT, I have been involved in delivering advanced geospatial and ICT services to engineering, environmental and utility clients in both the public and private sectors.I am Chair of the joint ICE/ICES Geospatial Engineering Panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers, member of ICES Council of Management and the Future Policy Working Group.
  Steve Lailey
MCInstCES

I’ve been working within the built environment from humble beginnings as a part time front of office assistant in a London Architecture Practice through to GIS survey for a multi million pound Government contract – occupied along the way in Land Surveying for 6 years out of 14.I’ve been a regional ICES Secretary for 2 years and represented on the UK Bim task group consultation, having an interest in both BIM and Carbon management.I’ve contributed to magazines and been published as an illustrator. I feel fortunate to have worked in very rigid contract scenarios and in others with an environmental remit and scope for a broad range of monitoring and analysis.I have an enthusiasm for all things geospatial, modern or ancient.
  Marek Suchocki
MCInstCES
Marek is a Business Development Executive in Autodesk working with civil engineering customers in EMEA. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. His career focus has been the research, development and application of information technology to aid management and design processes for built environment projects. He sits on the ICE Information Systems panel, is Chairman of Construct IT, is a member of the British Standards B555 committee for construction design modelling and data exchange, and is an active participant in the Task Force driving the UK Government BIM initiative. Previously he was a member of the Mouchel IT Senior Management Team owning a portfolio of corporate IT projects, and before that Research and Innovation Manager and a Principal Management Consultant at Atkins.His career includes delivering significant impact on BIM for infrastructure adoption across many projects and organisations, the rollout of collaborative working solutions to private and public sector clients, and undertaking studies on IT and knowledge management. He has a broad experience in the UK and Europe, having worked for a major UK contractor, an infrastructure client and a Quantity Surveying practice, and spent four years as a Research Fellow within the Dept. of Construction Management & Engineering at the University of Reading. As a product of his activities he has authored papers and reports on BIM, collaborative working and the application of new technology.
  Ivo Homola
MSc, MCInstCES
I graduated from University of Technology Brno (Czech Republic) in 2007 and joined a young perspective team of surveyors in the same city where I realised what the life of surveyor may offer.
In 2008 when I moved to the UK I became a Land/Engineering Surveyor for Survey Associates where I spent 5 years using various survey methods on construction projects mainly set in railway environment. Through the time I became more and more involved in laser scanning part of the survey field with experience focused on accurate and reliable data representation.
I recently started working for Murphy Surveys as a Senior Laser Scanning Surveyor delivering scanning jobs from A to Z.
  Chris Gill
MCInstCES
I spent ten years as a class 1 Military Engineering Surveyor with the Royal Engineers and travelled to The Falklands, Norway, Canada, Germany and many other exotic places. I left in 1997 and went on to work as a hydrographic surveyor in the North sea, a land surveyor in Otago New Zealand, a road building and civil engineering consultant in Colorado USA. I then returned to the UK where I went on to become the Survey Manager of Sir Robert McAlpine. In 2012 I went out to the Middle East to set up a Branch of Fugro in Iraq as the Terrestrial Survey Manager, We started with 4 teams of locals equipped with very old equipment, started a training and development program with all new equipment and ended up with over 30 surveyors all trained in modern techniques of surveying. In 2014 I returned to the UK to take up the role of Survey manager for Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd again.
  Rene Wackrow
PhD, MCInstCES, FHEASince 2010, I am a Lecturer for Engineering Surveying at Loughborough University. My research interests include all aspects of digital photogrammetry and laser scanning. I teach engineering surveying to Civil Engineering Students.In 2005, I joined the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University as a PhD student. This PhD research led me top become an expert in digital photogrammetry, particularly in the area of camera calibration, digital elevation model (DEM) extraction and error theory.In 1998, I completed a surveying apprenticeship in an engineering surveying office in Germany and I have become a qualified surveyor. Through the apprenticeship, I achieved proficiency in the use of surveying instruments and developed expertise in surveying software packages and mathematical algorithms. Joining Berlin University of Technology in 1998 and graduating in 2004 with a diploma in Geodesy, I gained experience in advanced Geomatics and digital Photogrammetry. Upon graduation, I joined an engineering office in Berlin and worked as a Surveying Engineer. My work load included surveying task in the area of bridge construction and project management.
  Matt Levine
MSc, BSc, MCInstCES
I graduated from the UCL MSc in Surveying course in 2002 and worked for the Severn Partnership for the following decade. During this time I developed the in-house laser scanning capabilities and became an experienced railway surveyor. I was responsible for end to end management of laser scanning projects and have delivered numerous tunnel and railway station survey projects. In 2008 I spent a year working as Survey Project Engineer in the Network Rail WCML LSI team gaining valuable insights to how large scale projects are delivered and dealing with survey related issues. In September 2012 I joined CGC in Qatar as Technical Manager providing laser scanning and survey expertise for the International Business department. December 2014 I joined WorleyParsons as a Senior Project Engineer and the laser scanning focal point for the Design and Engineering Services Contract (DESC) for Maersk Oil Qatar. I am currently managing 30+ brownfield projects providing as built laser scanning and dimensional control services and delivering Workover and rig tie in projects.
  Andrew Evans
PhD, FCInstCES
Expertise & Focus: RTK GPS and Augmented Reality; Geospatial Imaging, primarily on the application of 3D measurement, digital photogrammetry and lidar; BIM process relating to surveyWork Environments: Academic and industrial work experience, works for Topcon, a survey instrumentation manufacturer involved with application engineering, product support and marketing.Specialties: Application Engineering, High Precision Positioning. GNSS, Total Stations, LiDAR, Mass Data Collection.Projects & Extra Curricular Activity: Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, Supporter of www.DesignEngineerConstruct.com, Steering Committee & Technical Member of Survey4BIM.
  Alan Barrow
FCInstCESIs a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.Since leaving college in 1963 he has been Chief Surveyor to two major UK and International survey companies where he was responsible for design and implementation of major survey works in countries ranging from UK to southern Africa and from the Middle East to the Caribbean.He was the first in the UK to purchase GPS technology in 1986.For the past twenty five years he has had his own company and is a recognised early adopter of new technology where he is quick to identify innovative solutions.
His company was the first UK company to invest in 3d scanning and has led developments in this technology ever since with some notable milestones.

2000 introduced 3d scanning to the UK survey industry

2003 introduced kinematic scanning to the railway environment

2008 developed and introduced high precision 3d mobile scanning to UK

In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by University of East London.