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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


  • Datum Monitoring –  re-approval of scheme for land and engineering surveying competencies.  The Company operates four business units, Monitoring, Survey, Systems and Platform Interactive which deliver a range of products and services across multiple sectors.
  • Terrain Surveys –  a land surveying consultancy based in Hertfordshire, providing surveying services to the construction and property sectors throughout the UK.  Services include; topographical surveys, measured building surveys, Revit surveys, 3D laser scanning, utility surveys, GPS surveys and engineering surveys.   This is a new scheme for their land surveyors.
  • Brunel Surveys – this is a new scheme covering the Land Surveying, Engineering Surveying, and Utilities and Sub-Surface Mapping competencies.  Based just outside of Swindon, Wiltshire, they operate nationally offering a wide range of land surveying services for clients who include many major companies and authorities. These surveying services range from land and measured building surveys, through 3d laser scanning, volumetric analysis, drainage, underground utility and GPR surveys.

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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