ICE COUNCIL voted last week to agree a new mutual exemption route to membership that will see surveyors in the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) able to join the ICE.
Surveyors with 12 years work experience will now be admitted as ICE members under this new route, following a satisfactory career appraisal.
It is estimated that around 1,200 of the ICES' 3,000 members will already be eligible to transfer to the ICE. But as 'non-engineers' they will have to remain members of the ICES and comply with its continuing professional development obligations.
The decision comes ahead of a crucial vote this month by ICES members. This will decide whether or not to allow the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to take it over.
ICES executive director Kevin Blackwell said the ICE's decision would reinforce the already close ties between the two institutions.
He added that many members felt a closer affinity with the ICE than the RICS because of the close working relationship with civil engineers.
The ICES was founded in 1969 and became an associated institution of the ICE in 1992 with closer affiliation introduced in 1999. One third of members are geospatial engineers or land surveyors and the remainder are quantity surveyors working in civil engineering.