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New members join Council of Management
The results of this year’s ballot for Council of Management were announced at the institution’s AGM at Celtic Manor on 22 September 2018. Council now comprises:

Presidential team
Ian Cowling, President
Chris Preston, Senior Vice President
Stephen Slessor, Vice President
Harry Bell, Immediate Past President

John Battersby, Chris Birchall (Treasurer), Jennifer Chapman, Pam East-Jones, Andrew Evans, John Fraser, Peter Hallsworth, Mark Hudson, David Loosemore, Richard Maltby, Jim McCluskey, Batsetswe Motsumi, Peter Tosland, Patrick Waterhouse.

Speaking at the AGM, ICES CEO Bill Pryke welcomed Pam East-Jones, Andrew Evans, Peter Hallsworth, Peter Tosland and Patrick Waterhouse to council and thanked those who were unsuccessful in the election for standing. He also thanked Alan Barrow, Philip Chan, Howard Klein and Mark Shaw, who have stepped down from council, for their time and dedication to the institution.

Digital Construction Summit 2019
ICES has become an official partner of the Digital Construction Summit to be held on 30 January 2019 at Stansted Airport. As part of the partnership, ICES members are entitled to discounted entry of £149 (plus VAT). Chaired by Mark Bew, the event will see heads of BIM, BIM Directors/Consultants and other senior personnel learning from top UK industry experts. Use code ICES149 to book tickets at:

Precision Utility Mapping – are a company who specialise in the location and mapping of underground utilities. They were formed in the United Kingdom in March 2015 and have expanded to Ireland in 2017.  This is a scheme for surveyors using the buried services competencies and will be supervised by Steven Lannon.

McLaughlin & Harvey – were set up in Belfast in 1853 and now carry out projects across Ireland and the UK.  The company undertakes a wide range of new, refurbishment and fit-out projects for both the public and private sectors.  The AD scheme is for their Quantity Surveying staff and is managed by Ashleigh Donnan.

Derby prizewinners
Congratulations to the two ICES student prizewinners for best surveying project at Derby University. Alexander Oduro won on the BSc civil engineering course and Alexander Hopkins won on the BEng civil and infrastructure engineering course.

Rafe Holmes wins ICES prize
Rafe Holmes of WYG Group has been awarded the ICES prize for best assignment on the Survey Association’s (TSA) surveying course at the Survey School. Mr Holmes won the prize for his surveying and setting out design for a new housing estate and access road. Other winners on the course included Eurig Price, who won the best student award sponsored by Leica Geosystems; Jack Dods of Network Rail who was commended for his high standard of work; and Steven Smith of IIC Technologies who won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors award for best measured building assignment. 31 students graduated from the course this year, including two students from Abu Dhabi, who travelled to the UK specifically for the hands-on training in the principles of surveying provided on the course.

Omega Geomatics launches ADS
Omega Geomatics is to run an ICES approved development scheme (ADS) for its staff. The land surveying practice works in Kent, London and across the South East, carrying out topographical surveys, measured building surveys, 3D laser scanning, modelling, elevations and sections and lease plans.

Member discount for summit series
ICES has received a 10% discount code for members at the Summit series of conferences. For the Well Being Summit on 8 November 2018 in Stansted use the code WELLBEING10. For the Quality In Construction Summit in Manchester on 29 November use the code QUALITY 10 and for the Ultimate BIM Summit on 31 January 2019 in Stansted use BIM 10. The code can be used in addition to any early bird rates.

Salford winners
Congratulations to the two ICES award winners at Salford University. Zain Ghaffur and Samuel Peet both won the built environment student prize for civil engineering surveying.

ICES fellow becomes RIN president
Professor Terry Moore FCInstCES has become president of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN). Professor Moore is director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham. He takes over the presidency of RIN from Captain James Taylor OBE.

Dudley welcomes first geospatial apprentices
The first geospatial apprentices have been welcomed at Dudley College of Technology. The college is the first in the UK to deliver the apprenticeships. Three apprentices, Nathan Forrest and Matthew Downes who work for Severn partnership, and Dan Main who works for Simmonds, started the course in July. A further eight are due to start in September 2019.
Already, the apprentices have received training in GNSS data collection; GIS fundamentals; the use of mathematics in surveying; traditional methods of data capture; mobile laser scanning; scanning underground; modelling graded areas; machine control; smart poles; and data capture via mobile applications. Dudley College’s Harkesh Ram said: “All three apprentices are very pleased with the course to date and are looking forward to block 2.” Severn Partnership director Rollo Rigby commented: “For years, Severn Partnership has been training new starters in house and employing graduates 
– this is the missing link for us. Our company ethos has always been to give back 
to the surveying community through institutions, lecturing and being STEM 
ambassadors. This trailblazer will be another careers boost for the industry. Roll on 
the first students graduating.”
Anyone interested in taking up the apprenticeship should contact Harkesh Ram at

NIA released
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)has released its first National Infrastructure Assessment. The commission, which is led by Sir John Armitt CBE, has made several recommendations to UK government, including:
• Nationwide full fibre broadband by 2033.
• Half of the UK’s power provided by renewables by 2030.
• Three quarters of plastic packaging recycled by 2030.
• £43bn of long term transport funding for regional cities.
• Preparing for 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030.
• Ensuring resilience to extreme drought.
• A national standard of flood resilience for all communities by 2050.
ICES is listed as an ‘engaged organisation’ in the assessment following its response to the NIC’s consultation earlier this year.

Go-ahead for geospatial apprenticeship
The UK government has given final approval for a geospatial survey technician apprenticeship. Secretary of State for Education Damien Hinds approved the funding band, at £9,000, meaning the level 3 apprenticeship can now be delivered. The approval means that geospatial employers can now use their apprenticeship levy payments or government apprenticeship funding to develop employees. The degree-level geospatial mapping and science apprenticeship is awaiting final sign off, following agreement of its £27,000 band.

The geospatial apprenticeships have been developed by a group of 19 employers, led by Skanska and supported by ICES, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Class of Your Own. The Survey Association (TSA) provided support funding for the development work. ICES fellow Mark Lawton of Skanska, who chaired the development group, said: “It was truly inspiring to see professional bodies, trade bodies and different sectors of industry collaborate together under the project management of Christina Hirst. I feel this is a huge educational step for our geospatial future talent.”

The other employers involved in the creation of the apprenticeships were; Aecom, Balfour Beatty, Severn Partnership, Maltby Land Surveys, Sir Robert McAlpine, Jacobs UK, Ordnance Survey, Murphy Surveys, Subscan Technology, Technics, Topcon (Great Britain), Korec, Trimble, Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors, Leica Geosystems, Cat Surveys, Morgan Sindall and Historic England.
Successful completion of the geospatial survey technician apprenticeship results in eligibility for associate membership of ICES, and that of the degree level geospatial mapping and science apprenticeship can contribute to applications for full membership.

Colleges and universities providing the apprenticeships are listed online at

RPS Environmental Management (Subsidiary of RPS Group) – this is a new geospatial scheme – RPS Environmental Management Limited is a leading provider of professional and field based support services to the Water Industry and is a subsidary company of the RPS Group. The survey department delivers geospatial surveying services to their clients across the UK.

Balfour Beatty Returners Programme
Balfour Beatty has launched their 2019 Returners Programme, a 21 week returnship, starting on 28 January 2019. The paid programme has opportunities UK-wide across Engineering, Operations, Commercial and Enabling Functions (IT, HR, Finance, Legal, Health & Safety), with project sites including London, Cumbria, Kent, Midlands, Manchester, Gloucester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply, see:

New guides for monitoring
ICES has published the Client Guide to Instrumentation and Monitoring – a pan industry publication written by volunteers. The guide has been endorsed by the Survey Liaison Group on behalf of ICES, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Survey Association and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Chris Preston, ICES senior vice president and chair of the institution’s Geospatial Engineering Practices Committee, commented: “With the massive increase in the use of instrumentation for structural monitoring, this long awaited guidance provides welcome information to those involved with this complex subject.”

The guide is available in two formats; a one page summary and a more in-depth document covering common questions, benefits, the scope of monitoring, and a guide to the types of instrumentation available.

The full guidance is freely available to download here and the summary here.