THE ICE and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors will sign an agreement next Monday to strengthen links between the two organisations.
The move follows decisions by the councils of both bodies to accept the recommendations of a working party set up in October 1998, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
As a result of the new agreement, the existing Joint Engineering Survey Board of the ICE will be renamed the Geospatial Engineering Board. It will continue to operate with equal numbers of members nominated by the ICE and the ICES. The position of Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be shared between the two Institutions on a rotating basis.
A joint Commercial Management Board will be established serving the Management Board of the ICE and the Commercial Management Practices Committee of the ICES. The ICES will nominate one member of the ICE Management Board while the ICE will nominate two members to the ICES Commercial Management Practices Committee.
The routes to membership will be simplified for ICE members wishing to join the ICES and vice versa. This will apply at the Associate and Corporate levels of both institutions.
Members of both institutions will have the right to use the facilities of each other's headquarters facilities. And the ICES will contribute £10,000 a year to the ICE in recognition of the costs incurred in providing a library service to ICES members.
Under the terms of the memorandum the two institutions will work together to encourage greater interaction between their members at regional level and the joint boards will arrange for at least one of their meetings or events to be held at regional level.
Other clauses in the memorandum cover areas such as collaboration on links between the Institutions' respective websites and support for commercial subsidiaries, as well as administrative collaboration where it proves to be cost effective. It also covers the Institutions' common interest in projecting the image of civil engineering as an industry and contains an undertaking that they will work together in promoting it.
The agreement will be subject to a formal review three years from the date of signature.