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The GEPC

Chris-Preston Chris Preston BSc(Hons), FCInstCES, FRICS, MPWI  (Chair)
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 and was recently nominated Vice President.
Jo Dutta
BSc(Hons) FCInstCES FRICS
After graduating in 1977 from what is now called University of East London I spent my early career trying to get as much varied experience in as many developing countries as Huntings would send me. I have worked in the Middle and Far East, Africa and the North Sea. In the late eighties I became more involved with surveying in the civil engineering discipline working in this country for a small survey company and later for a large worldwide engineering consultancy on what was then the largest civil engineering project in the world. The work varied from deformation monitoring of earth embanked reservoirs to mapping areas half the size of Wales. Over the last few years I have been providing technical survey and mapping advice to large projects including the Olympics, the Forth Replacement Crossing-Scotland and to key clients such as the Environment and Highways Agencies as well as being on the management team of a Geomatics business unit. I am also treasurer for the ICES South East Region and have served as chairman for member interview panels.
 Steve Lailey Steve Lailey TCInstCES
Current GEPC rep for South West & South Wales region.
Six years GIS surveying on multiple asset management contracts under the TFL and Highways Agency frameworks and using GIS for the past 3.5 years on a secondment to Highways Agency Area 2 (the Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald joint venture in the South West). Previously I enjoyed 5 years land surveying with a small company in greater London (XYZ Land Surveys). Current interests include LiDAR and high definition data capture – for which I have had an article published in CES. My current work involves mapping regional/national maintenance boundaries for the HA and dealing with a variety of spatial standards from field surveys and data sources. Area 2 is the largest of the HA contract areas. Along with the ethos of sharing (some) data, I am involved in getting the GE subgroup for the regional reps, currently hosted on linked in, off the ground.
Nigel Penna
BEng, MSc, PhD, MCInstCES
I am Lecturer in Geomatics at Newcastle University, teaching engineering surveying to Civil Engineering students, land surveying and least squares to Geomatics students, and GPS and least squares on continuing professional development courses for industry.  I undertake research and consultancy on all aspects of precise GNSS geodesy and error modelling, particularly the monitoring of engineering structures such as oil platforms, and the Earth’s movement and deformation due to geophysical processes.  Before joining Newcastle in 2004, I worked for 4 years at Curtin University, Australia, and previously the University of Nottingham, where I was also an undergraduate and postgraduate student.  I have also spent 6 months as a visiting scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
  Rory Stanbridge 
FCInstCES MRICS
In addition to my work with the GEPC, I am a member of the ICES Council of Management and the Finance and General Purposes Committee. In 2006, when I retired from my full time role at Photarc Surveys, the company that I co-founded in 1974, I became the part time secretary general of The Survey Association. I have been involved in photogrammetry and surveying in one capacity or another for over 40 years and still retain a real passion for the subject. In my ever decreasing spare time, I enjoy family, sport, travel and cooking.
  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 local land surveyor in Otago New Zealand, a road building and civil engineering consultant in Colorado USA and am now the Survey Manager for Sir Robert Mcalpine where we have just handed over the London 2012 Olympic stadium to the ODA. I am currently involved with a large structural automated monitoring system in London,  the surveying of renewable energy sites throughout the UK and Ireland, various high-rise concrete structures in London, the new national indoor BMX arena in Manchester and many other large scale construction projects around the UK.. I am trying to coordinate the GEPC with a local representative in each region by the use of Social media and LinkedIn, this is so we can have a direct way of providing assistance to the regions and a route of asking questions directly to the panel. When not surveying I spend most of my free time in the mountains skiing, biking and with my young family.
  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
I graduated from the UCL MSc in Surveying course in 2002 and worked for the Severn Partnership for the following 10 years.  During this time I developed the in-house laser scanning capabilities and became a very 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.  Major recent projects include; 70 miles of Sheffield to St Pancreas railway survey, Brighton Royal Sussex Hospital Scan to BIM and Crossrail Control Validation survey. In September 2012 I joined Consolidated Gulf Company as Technical Manager providing laser scanning and survey expertise for the International Business department.  Current projects include scanning and modelling of onshore oil platforms in Kuwait and Qatar.
I recently resigned my place on the NWNW ICES regional committee and am a corresponding member of the ICES EPD&M committee. Once I settle in Doha I will look to build the ICES regional presence.