Geospatial Engineering Panel

Geospatial engineering is all about multi-dimensional mapping and organisation. It's applied in many sectors, and is a particularly important area for asset managers such as local authorities.

The Geospatial Engineering Panel (GEP) was formed jointly with the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

The Panel meets quarterly, and its members consist of representatives from ICE and ICES who monitor the delivery of the annual action plan, develop future programmes and provide expert advice on a range of geospatial engineering topics.

Meet the panel

The Geospatial Engineering panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel’s members.

  • Panel chair: Marc Hobell

    Geospatial Engineering Panel

    Dr Marc Hobell is Director, GIS and Location Intelligence, Pitney Bowes Software. He has a MSc and PhD in International business and marketing strategy from the University of Glamorgan.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Ian Bush Black & Veatch and Vice President of the
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Nick Lyness Environment Agency
Chris Preston Network Rail
Mike Sutton Independent Consultant
Terry Moore University of Nottingham
Alexandra Grounds Independent Consultant
Neil Sinclair Retired Geospatial Engineer
Rebecca Dickson Field Engineer Crossrail
Ali Bayyati London South Bank University
Nicole Metje University of Birmingham
Miranda Lui Director, MES Services Limited and Chairlady, ICES Hong Kong

What are we working on?

The panel has been working on some key topics throughout 2015 and into 2016. Highlights of this include:

PAS 128 - It is vital that we hold accurate information about underground utilities. This need is becoming greater as our demand for ever more complex infrastructure increases. Historically, detecting and locating underground infrastructure has proved complex, and often inaccurate. To make this more effective, the panel worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop PAS 128.

PAS 128 aims to provide a clear and unambiguous provision for those engaged in the detection, verification and location of active, abandoned, redundant or unknown utilities. It applies to surveyors, geophysicists or subsurface utility engineers as well as engineers, constructors, project managers and utility owners who are responsible for recording information about underground utilities.

ICE and the BSI launched this new standard in 2014. The panel is now working with the utility sector and ICE Training to provide effective training modules. A training programme for TfL will be ready in mid 2016.

PAS 256 - Buried services and underground apparatus - The panel has been taking its work on PAS 128 forward and are working on the delivery of a new common standard on buried apparatus for application across the UK. PAS 256 is planned for publication towards the end of 2016.

The PAS will specify requirements for improving visibility and resilience of buried services. It will cover all commercial applications with the requirement to report the location of all buried services and associated data.

This will be for use by all stakeholders, including utilities (their contractors, ground scanners and service providers), highways organisations and government.

Briefings - The panel aims to produce briefings on a range of subjects, including:

  • Coastal monitoring.
  • Guide to Global Positioning System (GPS) and multi-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
  • Resilience of GNSS.
  • Mobile technologies and indoor positioning - for example, what are the mobile devices over the next three years?

GEO Business 2016 - The panel is part of the organising committee for GEO Business 2016. One of the key geospatial events in the UK, the panel will provide guidance and advice on the content of the event.