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Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Type Civil engineering
Founded 1969
Headquarters Dominion House, Sibson Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7PP, UK
Key people Ken Hall, President
Area served Worldwide membership
Members 4001
Membership cost £167 (free for students)

The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, referred to as ICES, is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, training and education of surveyors quantity surveyors and geospatial engineers studying and working within civil engineering. ICES formally received its Royal Charter on 3 September 2009 and was renamed the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. ICES is associated to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and offers reciprocal membership and benefits for members of both institutions.

Mission The object for which the institution is established is to advance the science and art of civil engineering surveying in all aspects of the specialisms 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 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 Competence and Teamwork Openness and Trust Reliability, Honesty and Integrity

Membership grades

The institution awards membership in the following categories according to experience, training and level of continuing professional development undertaken.[1] Members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters indicated in brackets:

  • Student Member
  • Affiliate Member
  • Graduate Member (GMCInstCES)
  • Technical Member (TMCInstCES)
  • Corporate Membe (MCInstCES)
  • Fellow (FCInstCES)

Civil Engineering Surveying

ICES members (Civil engineering surveyors) have developed special skills ranging from an understanding of, and expertise in, the complexities of dimensional control and the special contractual knowledge necessary for the successful commercial management of civil engineering projects. Their skills and competence, civil engineering surveyors aim to reduce the risk of failure at any stage of the construction process. They not only make a contribution to the bottom line of the companies and the clients they represent, but help to underpin the sustainability of the industry by minimising and even eradicating the unnecessary waste of time, resources and money.


  1. ^ "How will the new Royal Charter affect you as a member?" (pdf). CICES. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  


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