On Tuesday last, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Geomatics Professional Group hosted a networking evening for former Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS) members who recently became members of the SCSI or are in the process of taking up the membership offer.
More than 60 members were in attendance at the networking event. Patricia Byron, Director General and Andrew Nugent, President of the SCSI welcomed everyone to 38 Merrion Square and spoke about the direction of the Society as a professional body and the future plans for the Geomatics Surveying professional group.
Since an Agreement was formally signed on the 29th of July that will see the transition of membership from the IIS to SCSI/RICS, more than 70 former IIS members have transitioned or are in the process of doing so, with a potential for that number to increase to 260.
Ben King, Chair of the Geomatics Professional Group said in a recent interview “I was always of the view that to increase the influence of Geomatics within industry and Government, as well as client confidence, we have to remove any perception of fragmentation within the profession.
This historic event builds on the unique knowledge and expertise that both institutions represent different sectors of surveying. It will be a considerable boost to the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group and will in no doubt help to increase the profile of our profession among the other 11 surveying disciplines under the SCSI umbrella and in the wider industry of spatial data users.”
Following speeches from Andrew Nugent and Patricia Byron, a networking reception followed, offering wine and canapés to all those in attendance.