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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


Monday 9 December 2019 – ICES headquarters, Sale, Manchester
Tuesday 14 January 2020 – ICES headquarters, Sale, Manchester
Friday 24 January 2020 – London (Café Caritas near Euston)
Monday 3 February 2020 – ICES headquarters, Sale, Manchester


  • John Sisk & Son Limited and J S S Rail Limited –  have recently had their new AD scheme approved.  The scheme is for commercial management staff in both divisions and will be managed by Jody Coleman.Re-approved schemes include:
  • Plowman Craven, Geo-Info Limited, Maltby Land Surveys Limited and Storm Geomatics Limited, which are all for geospatial staff, plus JN Bentley’s scheme for commercial staff.
  • Topcon – a global company, develops and manufactures precise satellite positioning products and software solutions for surveying and civil engineering, earthworks and road construction, construction site management, mobile asset mapping and management and GIS data capturing. This is a reapproval of their scheme for geospatial staff
  • Severn Partnership – new scheme for geospatial staff –  Severn Partnership is a firm of Land Surveyors who survey, measure & monitor to produce plans, sections, elevations – all the way to 3D and Building Information Models (BIM).

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