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Chartered Institution of CIVIL ENGINEERING SURVEYORS (ICES) is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working within civil engineering.

Its members have developed special skills ranging from an understanding of, and expertise in, the complexities of dimensional control to the specialist contractual knowledge necessary for the successful commercial management of civil engineering projects.

ICES members are required, at all times, to work to the highest professional standards and to develop and maintain their skills and knowledge through continuing professional development. By using those skills and expertise, ICES members help reduce the risk of costly wastes of time and resources resulting from errors in setting out or poor cost control, and ensure that the project is completed successfully on time and within budget.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission - What matters most to us!

The object for which the institution is established is to advance the science and art of civil engineering surveying in all aspects of the specialisations of geospatial engineering and commercial management within civil engineering for the benefit of the public, by upholding and advancing the standards of education, competence, practice and conduct of its members.

Vision – Where are we going?

ICES is recognised as the foremost UK-based professional institution for specialists employed in geospatial engineering and commercial management in the civil engineering industry. ICES strives in all that it does to maintain and improve that position.

Values - How will we act?

Competence and Teamwork

We trust in our own qualifications, capabilities and expertise, and we accept a high degree of responsibility for our work. We build this trust every day by encouraging a culture of innovative ideas, solutions and continuing improvement. We treat everybody fairly and with equal opportunities.

Openness and Trust

We have an open and positive attitude towards change that stays true to our values. Our flexibility, readiness to change, motivation and open and comprehensive communication helps us lead with confidence.

Reliability, Honesty and Integrity

Through honesty, courtesy and reliability we build strong relationships with those with whom we work and represent. We adopt the highest integrity and ethical standards.


The institution operates with a complement of staff and dedicated volunteers. Members are encouraged to take part in the future development of the institution. This is done through a series of core committees and panels that meet throughout the year.

The chief executive and the annually elected president head the task of steering the institution’s core committees to develop and implement institution policy. They also work alongside the directors of SURCO, the information business of ICES, to oversee its commercial activities.

The activities of ICES are legally governed in accordance with:

     Royal charter of incorporation

by Council of Management (board of trustees) through the following:


   Delegation of duties to officers and committees
  Maintenance of a risk register
  Financial accounts and audit report
  Annual report to the Charity Commission and members
      5 year business plan

Royal Charter, Bylaws, Regulations and Rules

The royal charter sets out the object and role of the institution, outlines the governance structure and permits ICES to make the bylaws, regulations, and rules. The charter also lists the membership grades, and authorises the use of post nominal letters by members.

Members of the institution throughout the world, are bound by the ICES Code of Professional Conduct. This ensures that all members observe the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. The code of professional conduct is available on request from ICES HQ.

ICES members who breach the code of professional conduct lay themselves open to disciplinary action by ICES. If you think that an ICES member may have breached the code of professional conduct, and you would like guidance on how to make a complaint, please contact ICES HQ.

     ICES Royal Charter and Bylaws


For further information about the documents in this section, please contact the institution's honorary secretary through ICES HQ.


ICES members cover a wide range of specialisms within construction commercial management and geospatial engineering. Members are encouraged to take part in the future development of the institution and there are various committees and working groups established to provide a forum where you can meet to discuss and promote civil engineering surveying.

Council of Management

The Council of Management determines the overall direction and policy of the institution. It is composed of the president, vice presidents and 15 members, all of whom are directors and trustees of ICES. The council is responsible for the administration of the institution's core committees and panels.

Commercial Management Practices Committee (CMPC)

The CMPC represents the interests of those studying and employed within the field of construction commercial management and promotes standards of excellence within the profession. The CMPC works in collaboration with other professional bodies and has a joint Commercial Management Board with the ICE. The CMPC acts as parent to several panels and working groups.

Geospatial Engineering Practices Committee (GEPC)

The GEPC represents the interests of those studying and employed within the field of geospatial engineering and promotes standards of excellence within the profession.

Education, Professional Development and Membership Committee (EPD&M)

EPD&M is responsible for establishing educational and training standards for CIVIL ENGINEERING SURVEYORS through the accreditation of academic courses and the provision of training guidelines, a continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and a range of training courses and workshops. It also establishes membership criteria and administers applications.

Finance and General Purpose Committee (F&GP)

The F&GP committee provides the financial governance of the institution's activities.

International Affairs Committee (IAC)

This committee co-ordinates overseas activities, including involvement with the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and promoting the institution’s regions and membership overseas. It also develops relationships with international professional organisations and academic establishments.

ICES Network

The ICES Network represents the views of early career members on all aspects of their studies, training and employment.

Civil Engineering Surveying

Civil engineering construction makes a vital contribution to the world’s economy, employing millions of people across the globe. It is responsible for developing, creating and maintaining the infrastructure of countries of all levels of development and wealth.

Without a civil engineering industry there would be no clean water, no transport system, no sewage and waste disposal, no heat, no light and no power. The world’s infrastructure and its people would be at the mercy of the elements and the natural forces within our changing environment.

ICES members play a key role in all stages of construction. From concept to design and development, from procurement to management, finalisation and resolution of disputes, from maintenance to monitoring – every step is influenced and enhanced by the involvement of a civil engineering surveyor. By their skill and competence, CIVIL ENGINEERING SURVEYORS reduce the risk of failure at any stage of a construction project and not only make an important contribution to the bottom line of the companies and clients they represent, but help to underpin the sustainability of the industry by minimising and even eradicating the unnecessary wastes of time, resources, and money.



Whether you are about to commence your studies, embark on your career, currently have a support or technical role or have many years’ experience in civil engineering surveying, commitment to maintaining current industry knowledge and relevant skills is fundamental to your professional development. Each grade of membership is designed to recognise the skills and knowledge of those studying or employed in the civil engineering surveying industry. All members are expected to make a commitment to lifelong learning.

The membership grades and designations are as follows:

Student No designation
 Affiliate No designation
Graduate GCInstCES
Technical TCInstCES
Associate ACInstCES
Member MCInstCES
Fellow FCInstCES

For further advice or information, please contact the Education, Professional Development and Membership Manager t: +44 (0) 161 972 3114 e: applications@cices.org