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New ICES President

February 2019 saw the inauguration of Chris Preston as the 31st president of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. His official job title is senior engineer at Network Rail, but he’s often referred to as its ‘head surveyor’. Read his interview at

John Fraser becomes ICES VP

John Fraser has joined the institution’s presidential chain as vice president.  Mr Fraser is currently president for the UK, Ireland and Benelux at Hexagon Geosystems, the parent company of Leica Geosystems.

Launch of new associate member (apprenticeship) grade

Following a review of the membership grades and the introduction of new apprenticeships relevant to the profession, ICES has launched the new associate member grade for those gaining apprenticeships. The associate member (apprenticeship) grade will be available for apprentices achieving a relevant level 3 or 4 apprenticeship. For this grade, ICES recognises several new trailblazer apprenticeships as being the closest match to the competencies, these being Geospatial Survey Technician – level 3; Construction Surveying Technician – level 4 (under development) and Surveying Technician – level 3. Contact the membership team at membership@cices.orgfor further information. The quick guide to associate member (apprentice route) is at

The start of a golden year

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of ICES. To launch this year of celebrations, past presidents, region and committee chairs, and special guests joined staff on 20 February at Albert’s Shed in Manchester’s industrial heartland. With tram lines above, canals below, and railways being reconfigured around us, it was the perfect place to mark 50 golden years of surveying. Presidents (past and present) attending on the day were John Bacon, Alan Barrow, Harry Bell, Ian Bush, David Carrick, Ian Cowling, Bob Fleming, Peter Heathershaw, Steve Jackson, Robin Jones, David Loosemore, Chris Preston, Jason Smith, Mike Sutton, John Wilding and Graham Woodall. Kevin Blackwell (former CEO) and Douglas Daniels were also in attendance.

All photographs (by Stuart Standring, Event Photography Bristol) from the day are available for download.

ICES supports Get Kids into Survey

The institution has become an official distributor partner for Get Kids into Survey. The initiative, from Elaine Ball Technical Marketing, is aimed at schoolchildren and portrays surveyors and geospatial professionals in cartoon form. Get Kids into Survey has so far released four A1 posters covering civil engineering, forestry, mining and smart cities. Further posters are due to be released this year along with a comic book. The posters are free to purchase from 

ADS for Land and Water Services

Land & Water Services has launched an approved development scheme (ADS) for its quantity surveying staff. The company specialises in civil and environmental engineering operations in the UK, and specialises in areas where land and water meet.

ICES member discount for HxGN Live

The institution is again a supporting body of the HxGN Live show. HxGN Live runs from 11-14 June in Las Vegas and features all the strands of the technology company that is parent to Leica Geosystems. ICES members are entitled to a discounted entry rate of $849 using the code HXGN-CICES.

Book online at

ICES supports Seawork and MCCE Expo

The institution has become an official supporter of Seawork, the largest European commercial marine exhibition. Seawork runs from 11-13 June 2019 at Mayflower Park in Southampton. The exhibition this year incorporates Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo. The exhibition is free to attend. Further details at