Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
(2009 charter)[1]
TypeCivil engineering surveying professional association
HeadquartersSale, Greater Manchester, England
Coordinates53°25′25″N 2°19′27″W / 53.4236°N 2.3243°W / 53.4236; -2.3243Coordinates: 53°25′25″N 2°19′27″W / 53.4236°N 2.3243°W / 53.4236; -2.3243
Region served
Key people
Andy Evans, current president
SubsidiariesSURCO Ltd

The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors or CICES is a professional association in the field of civil engineering surveying, headquartered in the United Kingdom. CICES members consist mainly of commercial managers, quantity surveyors, and geospatial engineers working and studying within civil engineering surveying.[2][3] The institution began in 1969 as the Association of Surveyors in Civil Engineering, became a registered educational charity in 1992, and received a royal charter in 2009.[1][4][5] The institution advocates for engineering projects and education.[6]


CICES publishes the Civil Engineering Surveyor, a monthly periodical publication, as well as annual supplements including Geospatial Engineering and the Construction Law Review.[7] Further publications include industry white papers, and client guides to subjects such as utilities survey and infrastructure monitoring.[8][9]


In 1992, CICES became the first associated institution of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and together formed two joint boards to provide and disseminate surveying knowledge and expertise; the Geospatial Engineering Board and the Commercial Management Board.[2][10][11] Uren and Price considered the 1997 book The Management of Setting Out in Construction to be one of the most important practice guides published by the Geospatial Engineering Board.[2][12] CICES also has reciprocal membership agreements in place with the ICE.

Since the 1980s CICES has worked with The Survey Association and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, together forming the Survey Liaison Group, to provide leadership for the UK survey industry including organisation of the annual GeoBusiness conference and publication and endorsement of technical guidance.[13][14] Members of CICES are eligible for direct entry to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.[15]

CICES and the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) have agreed specialist discipline competencies for membership of CICES through the Geographic Information Science (GIS) route.[16]

International recognition

CICES is an internationally recognised qualifying body established to regulate, educate and train surveyors working within civil engineering.[3] The headquarters are in the United Kingdom, with 11 regions consisting of volunteer-led committee members. CICES regions include the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. CICES also has memoranda of understandings agreements with many international surveying institutions and is a member of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).[2][17]


Applicants for membership must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the institution's competency requirements including general and core competencies, plus at least one specialism, and applications must be reviewed and signed off by a sponsor.[18]

Members may use designations after their names such as:

Members and Fellows of CICES are eligible to attain Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer status through the Engineering Council.[19][20] Members of CICES are eligible, as engineers, to directly undertake consultation or instruction of Bar Council barristers via the licenced access scheme.[21][22]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Preston, Chris (2019). "New Challenges for Surveyors". Geomatics World. Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d John Uren; Bill Price (2010). Surveying for Engineers (5th ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. p. 3,20. ISBN 978-0-230-22157-4.
  3. ^ a b Greenham, Phillip, ed. (2021). The International Compendium of Construction Contracts. De Gruyter. p. 900. ISBN 9783110712728. ICES is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education, and training of surveyors working within civil engineering and is now recognised as the leading chartered professional body for civil engineering surveyors.
  4. ^ "POCKET GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION" (PDF). Engineering Council. 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  5. ^ "2022-09-01-Record-of-Charters-Granted" (PDF). Privy Council. 2022. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  6. ^ "HS2 rail delay will dent investor and contractor confidence, say experts urging a rethink". March 16, 2023. Retrieved March 21, 2023.
  7. ^ "Civil Engineering Surveyor Portal". Surco.
  8. ^ "CICES white papers". CICES. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  9. ^ "PAS128 guidance". CICES. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Geospatial Community of Practice". What We Do. ICE. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Management Expert panel". What We Do. ICE. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  12. ^ ICE; CICES (1997). Smith, Jim (ed.). The Management of Setting Out in Construction. Thomas Telford. ISBN 9780727726148.
  13. ^ "Survey Liaison Group". The Survey Association. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Earth observation and aerial surveys". RICS. September 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Qualifications approved for direct entry to MRICS – as of August 2022" (PDF). RICS. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  16. ^ "Are you interested in applying for membership of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)". AGI. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  17. ^ "FIG Member Associations". FIG. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Quick Guide to... Member (Graduate and Mature Entry Route)" (PDF). Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. 2022. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  19. ^ "Quick Guide Plus to Chartered Engineer (CEng)" (PDF). CICES. CICES. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Engineering Council announces new Licensed Member". Engineering Council. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  21. ^ Robert Gaitskell; Keating Chambers (2006). Engineer's Dispute Resolution Handbook. Thomas Telford. p. 26. ISBN 9780727734501.
  22. ^ "Licensed Access Recognition Regulations". Bar Standards Board. Retrieved 15 March 2023.