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Talks pave way for surveyor links

ICE COUNCIL has approved proposals for setting up a memorandum of understanding with the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors which could eventually lead to joint membership arrangements between the two organisations.

High level talks between ICE and ICES have been under way for 18 months, it was revealed to Council in a paper presented at its meeting two weeks ago. ICE was represented at these talks by vice president David Cawthra and Director General & Secretary Roger Dobson, who met the ICES director general and its past president David Carrick.

Their proposals are to:

Extend the activities of the Joint Engineering Survey Board, introduce a new joint commercial board and extend representation of each institution on relevant committees of the other;

Increase the number of joint regional meetings;

Establish more effective and attractive arrangements for development of joint membership;

Collaborate on promoting civil engineering, raising and responding to issues of concern to both professions;

Establish, where appropriate, joint administrative arrangements and member services;

Collaborate on trading activities carried out by ICE's Thomas Telford and ICES' Surco.

The intention is that the draft memorandum of understanding will be presented to Council on

3 November with a timetable to complete the detailed working agreements within a year.

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