LI Technical newsletter – spring 2018


    In this issue

    Join the LI Technical Committee

    The LI is seeking an additional member to lead the profession in one or more areas of technical practice

    After many years of excellent service, Romy Rawlings is stepping down from the LI Technical Committee. The LI is now seeking to fill her place.

    About the role

    The role involves leading, on behalf of the wider profession in general and the Technical Committee in particular, on one or more technical and professional areas. In practice, this will involve:

    • horizon-scanning and maintaining own levels of expertise
    • helping answer member queries (around two a month, depending on area of expertise)
    • developing guidance or advice on behalf of the LI in one or more areas
    • contributing to discussions at the three annual Committee meetings and monthly teleconferences
    • joining and contributing to technical working groups based on ability and interest

    No fees are paid for this work, but expenses are reimbursed in line with LI policy. Exceptionally, for specific outputs sought by Technical Committee from a member, a protocol is in place to contribute financially to work that could not reasonably be expected of a volunteer.

    Terms of reference for the Committee are currently under review. It would be sensible, however, to envisage making a commitment of four years in the first instance.

    Areas of current concern

    The Technical Committee is currently involved in the areas listed below. An extra pair of hands would be particularly helpful for those marked with an *; however, candidates with a keen mission to promote other topics are welcome to make their case.

    • Digital practice
    • Environmental standards
    • Trees and urban forestry*
    • Agri-environment changes*
    • Value of landscape and natural capital accounting*
    • Infrastructure*
    • Lighting
    • Biosecurity

    Application process

    Please ensure that your areas of expertise and specialisms are up to date. This is a key requirement.

    To apply, please send a CV – along with a 300-word statement of what you would like to achieve on the Committee – to [email protected]. The deadline for expressions of interest is 12pm on Monday 14 May.

    Your submission will be reviewed by the acting chairman, vice-chairman, and one other Committee member. We hope to reach a decision at the next Technical Committee meeting in June.

    Please note: For this application round, in order to help retain balance on the committee, preference will be given to candidates with significant public sector experience.

    Digital Practice Group: update

    There are further openings on the Technical Committee’s Digital Practice Group, and opportunities to contribute to wider discussions

    Spatial data

    The Spatial Data Group is looking for people interested in being part of a wider reference group. It is a little while since we asked for help with this area of practice, so our apologies to those who have previously expressed interest. If you are still interested, please email [email protected].

    The work plan the Spatial Data group is exploring also includes:

    • preparing some template shapefiles (the GIS equivalent of PDTs)
    • pulling together and review existing GIS Standards
    • reviewing what GIS datasets are used and their purpose
    • developing some quick-fire ‘Did you know GIS could…?’ points for use in digital and social media
    • exploring the potential for standard GIS drawing contents and presentation styles
    • developing the relationship with Ordnance Survey
    • attending relevant events – including Geobusiness, EG Geovate 2018, Land Registry, NERC and ESRI Conference – and feeding back to members

    If you have any comments or are interested in helping with this draft work plan, please do email [email protected].

    Tree data

    Related to this, the main Digital Practice Group has been discussing the wealth of tree data collated by practices. Noting that CIEEM members are required to share species data with local records centres, we wondered if members might be capable of and willing to share tree survey data.

    This project needs some thought; this is the very start of thinking about this and what if anything gets done will depend your response. If implemented, the database (and undertaking) could be massive. If you would like to take part in an online discussion about the feasibility of this, please email [email protected].

    Interest sought: digital practice education liaison

    Are you keen to improve education in relation to digital practice, particularly BIM, spatial data, productivity tools, technology, and digital realities?

    The Digital Practice Group has a real need for liaison between it, the Education and Membership Committee, and higher education institutions. The role holder will inspire the step-change needed in future professionals’ capabilities. Perhaps you have recently left, been a lecturer at, or provided services to one of our accredited courses? Or perhaps you are just passionate about the topic? If this could be you, please [email protected].

    In case you missed it

    BIM and GIS: What the Information is going on?

    BIM and GIS are often thought of as separate tools for separate professions and never the twain shall meet. Mike Shilton, Product Director at Keysoft Solutions and Chair of the Institute Digital Practice Group, looks at how the two can work together.

    Datasmith and Unreal Engine drive real-time architectural design at Neoscape

    A demonstration of how gaming software can be used for visualisation.

    RVAA case studies

    Do you have any experience of applying residential visual amenity assessments (RVAA) to projects other than wind farms? Following the recent consultation on the draft guidance, the Technical Committee would like to include case studies and good examples of RVAA usage in non-windfarm situations. If you can help, please  [email protected].

    CIC BIM protocol 2nd Edition published

    The BIM Protocol was first developed by the CIC in 2013 for use with all common design and construction contracts. The Protocol supports working at BIM level 2.

    The recently published 2nd edition aligns with current practices, standards and terminology, including PAS 1192-2.

    The main changes spotted so far:

    • The BIM Protocol no longer takes precedence over the main contract in all clauses, only a couple.
    • The intellectual property is no longer transferred to the employer; they only get a single-use licence (so they can build the design only once).

    Download a copy at .

    BRE exploring the LHMP handover gap

    There is a BRE consultation underway regarding the effectiveness of handover and the implementation of landscape management plans. The purposes are to:

    • improve BRE’s understanding of the degree of success in creating and implementing and Habitat Management Plans during the different life cycle stages of a building (Design and Construction, Post Construction and Operation).
    • identify whether a handover and implementation gap exists and therefore the degree to which planned and designed performance is implemented and the intended benefits realised.

    Access the survey at . (Closes 8 June.)

    At the same time, the LI’s Environmental Standards Group would welcome with anyone who has experience of BREEAM ‘in use’. If this is you, please email [email protected].

    Watering guidance

    The LI publishes guidance on watering. This is about to be updated, in conjunction with BALI and the HTA, and taking into account material available from water companies.

    We would like volunteers – one from Scotland, one from Wales and one from Northern Ireland – to help us include country-specific requirements, where they exist, in this guidance. If you are willing to help, please [email protected].

    Seascape assessment workshops

    The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Land Use Consultants (LUC) would like to invite you to their forthcoming seascape assessment workshops.

    The workshops are an opportunity to review the outputs of each of the four seascape assessments for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas. The work will culminate in a national map of seascape character areas for England, along with accompanying key characteristics to describe each area.

    MMO and LUC will be asking stakeholders with a working knowledge of the coast and wider marine area to help refine and confirm the character area names, boundaries and the key characteristics of each area.

    Workshop dates

    • Saltburn by the Sea: Tuesday 1 May 2018, The Spa Hotel, 12-4pm
    • Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Wednesday 2 May 2018, MMO, Lancaster House, 1-3pm
    • London: Friday 11 May 2018, Defra, Noble House, 1-3pm
    • St Bees: Tuesday 15 May 2018, Seacote Hotel, 1-3pm
    • New Brighton: Wednesday 16 May 2018, Floral Pavilion, 1-3pm

    If you would like to attend one or more of the seascape meetings, please[email protected] or call 02080265176 to register your interest.

    Other #LITech updates

    Update to TIN 05/2017: Townscape character assessment

    These minor changes reflect a recent update to  and correct a small number of errors in the previous document.

     (PDF, 2 MB.)

    New BS: Specification for collaborative sharing and use of structured Health and Safety information using BIM

    The Technical Committee has an Environmental Standards Group. One of its tasks is to keep an eye on emerging British Standards. Here’s one some may have missed: .

    New guidance from Sport England on planning and playing fields

    Sport England have produced policy and associated guidance on planning applications affecting playing fields. Read the guidance at .

    New BREEAM wiki

    A new BREEAM wiki has been launched to advance knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions for BREEAM schemes and tools, including HQM and CEEQUAL. Browse and register at .

    Environment Agency publishes water pollution natural capital calculator

    The calculator estimate the loss to the public following a pollution incident to England’s waterways. Access the calculator at .

    Greening the Grey: A Framework for Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure (IGGI)

    Dr Larissa Naylor  and Dr Hugh Kippen of the University of Glasgow presented at last year’s Institute conference on the topic of integrated green gray infrastructure. Their project report is now available to download at .


    1. Please can you check and clarify the dates for the seascape workshops: you have down Tuesday 16th May and Wednesday 15th.

      • Dear John,

        Thanks for your comment and for bringing the error to our attention. David at MMO has confirmed the correct dates and the updated calendar above should now be accurate.

        With best wishes,