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ICES partners with BIM summit

ICES is a partner of the Ultimate BIM Summit, to be held in London next year. The one-day summit will feature two seminar streams; ‘BIM masters’ looks at strategic developments in information management in the UK and Europe, while ‘BIM movers’ covers latest standards, methods and procedures. The Ultimate BIM Summit takes place on 31 January 2018 at etc.venues, Fenchurch Street, London


ICES at the abbey: The 2017 institution dinner The institution held its most successful annual dinner yet in September. Over 270 members, guests and industry professionals joined outgoing president Harry Bell and his wife Doris at Warwickshire’s Coombe Abbey. Guests of honour Alasdair Coates, CEO of the Engineering Council, and Nigel Clifford, CEO of Ordnance Survey, joined Mr and Mrs Bell, and incoming president Ian Cowling and his wife Siobhan, on the top table. The reception entertainment was provided by a ‘medieval monk’ who spoke about the history of Coombe Abbey – a Grade I listed country house that was founded as a monastery in the 12th century. The Highly Strung string quartet accompanied the dining, and even played Happy Birthday to one of the guests who was celebrating that same evening.
Following the presidential handover and speeches, awards were presented by Ian Cowling to Neil Armstrong for the 2017 Commercial Manager Award, and to Eric Zeeven who received the president’s medal for his outstanding service to the institution.
The raffle raised over £1,100 in aid of the Lighthouse Club charity, with prizes kindly donated by SCCS, Leica Geosystems, Topcon, Trimble and KOREC.
The institution would like to thank sponsors SCCS (main sponsor) and Leica Geosystems for their generosity and for helping to ensure that the ICES annual dinner remains one of the must-attend events of the calendar. Thanks also to Alan Lees at ICES head office for organising the dinner and to Stuart Standring of Event Photography Bristol for showcasing what an amazing night it was through his talented photography. Next year’s dinner will be held at Celtic Manor in South Wales on Friday 23 September 2018. Tickets will go on sale for this in the new year.
Photographs from the night are freely available to download from

Neil Armstrong wins commercial manager 2017 award Neil Armstrong, commercial director at WSP, has won the institution’s commercial management award for 2017. Mr Armstrong currently leads WSP’s commercial management of major infrastructure projects for Highways England.
He was described by WSP director Steve Jackson as someone who “epitomises excellence in commercial management” and was particularly praised for his collaborative engagement work with contractors in advance of successful negotiations on target price contracts. He has also prepared and delivered technical training sessions to Highways England staff.
Mr Armstrong is an active member of ICES and has been involved with the institution’s Education, Professional Development and Membership Committee and the Network for early career members, and is currently a membership examiner.
ICES CEO Bill Pryke commented: “I was delighted to see Neil win this award. Whilst aware of his efforts within the institution, it was great to see how hard he pushes for excellence in his own workplace. It is clear he is concerned with not only the professional development of himself, but also of those who work for and with him – all for the betterment of the industry. The award is richly deserved.”

MOU signed with MBAM
The institution has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM). The MOU provides a base for future collaboration between the two organisations.
ICES president Ian Cowling signed the agreement alongside MBAM president Foo Chek Lee during his recent trip to Malaysia. The agreement was witnessed by MBAM vice president Oliver Wee and ICES fellow John Battersby, in the presence of Lee Swee Seng, a high court judge in Malaysia’s construction court.