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As you all are well aware, the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) is a topic of much concern. This note will be updated as regularly as the situation requires on the CICES website.

CICES is keen to protect the health and safety of its staff and members. Whilst we remain fully operational, we will cease holding face-to-face meetings and events until further notice. Some staff will be adjusting to home working and this may affect mailings and other forms of communication from the institution. There may be some teething problems as we adjust to this new temporary way of working and we ask for your patience.

Wherever possible we will try to make facilities available for meetings by telephone conference. However, logistically, this will not be possible in all instances.

Where a deposit has been paid to attend a CICES organised event that has now been cancelled, CICES will refund this.

CICES will continue to keep up-to-date on the situation and will be guided by government, Public Health England and Construction Industry Council advice.

If you have any concerns please speak with me or another senior member of staff privately.

Further guidance on the coronavirus:

I wish good health for you and your families,

Bill Pryke HonFCInstCES, Chief Executive Officer


Until we can continue with our face-to-face events, we are planning a series of webinars for all members, with a variety of topics.  Please check the regional pages for details.

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, CICES 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


5 May 2020 – CICES headquarters, Sale, Manchester


  • MK Surveys – independent survey and geospatial company operating across the UK and overseas offering a wide range of professional measurement services. This is a new scheme including land surveying, engineering surveying, GIS, geospatial information management, and utility and subsurface mapping competencies.
  • Jackson Civil Engineering – this is a reapproval of their scheme for Quantity Surveyors. Jackson Civil Engineering is a civil engineering contractor, undertaking a wide variety of works, located generally within East Anglia, the Midlands and Southern England.
  • Twoplustwo is a client focused, staff driven consultancy providing quantity surveying, planning and dispute support services to all aspects of the construction industry.  This is a new scheme for all their commercial staff across the specialisms and will be managed by Stewart Murrell.

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