The civil engineering industry involves the design and construction of the facilities that shape the world we live in. From roads, railways and bridges to water supply pipes and power stations, this is all civil engineering.
Civil Engineering Surveyors are involved in every stage of the project from initial concept through design and construction, to monitoring the condition and performance of the completed structure. Within this profession you could choose to work within Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying) or Geospatial Engineering (Engineering Surveying).
Commercial Managers, or quantity surveyors, are the financial managers of the civil engineering industry. They work alongside other professionals in preparing the documents on which projects are based, measuring the work completed on site and ensuring that the companies carrying out the construction are paid a fair price for it. Their responsibilities include:
This profession also includes the following functions:
Geospatial Engineering Surveying
Geospatial Engineers work within construction on the measurement and monitoring of projects, as well as producing maps, plans and charts of different features. The main profession within civil engineering is engineering surveying (sometimes known as land surveying). Engineering surveyors are generally responsible for:
The term Geospatial Engineering includes the following specialist areas:
The civil engineering surveying profession provides an exciting and demanding working environment with the potential to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Many jobs involve working in the open air, with opportunities for travel both in the UK and abroad.
Most people start their career in civil engineering surveying by taking a degree in one of a number of subject areas. On the commercial management side, degrees are available in civil engineering quantity surveying, and civil engineering commercial management. Within Geospatial Engineering, degrees are in Engineering Surveying, Surveying and Mapping Sciences and Topographic Science.
One of these degrees would lead to careers in the financial and project management aspects of civil engineering, or within the mapping and monitoring of land and water features, as listed in the sections above.
In order to gain a professional qualification, it is necessary to take the required academic qualifications and then undertake a period of training whilst in employment. A degree-level qualification is required, which can be a full- or part-time degree; alternatively, a combination of further examinations or post-graduate qualifications may be sufficient.
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The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors is the only international qualifying body dedicated exclusively to the education and professional advancement of those working within the fields of Commercial Management and Geospatial Engineering
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
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