BES_green_sml for use in documents.jpg

Supporting the inspection and insurance industries

BES is SOE's group for those who work as engineer surveyors, which is a specialist role within operations engineering. Originally part of the Institution of Plant Engineers, pre-merger, BES was formed as a separate SOE sector, which currently serves around 1,200 SOE members and provides knowledge and professionalisation support to the insurance and inspection industry. We welcome engineers from large insurance firms, small independent inspection companies, those with specialised consultancy skills, and everyone in-between.

The BES Professional Sector Council (PSC) provides a forum for the industry to meet and take forward important issues. It includes representation from other important industry bodies such as SAFed and INITA, and works to ensure safe working across inspection.

Some of the issues the PSC is currently working on are:
  • Making representations to ensure the IEng standard remains an attainable benchmark for Engineer Surveyors
  • Providing SOE's input to relevant BSI standards
  • Supporting a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship in Engineer Surveying
What makes an Engineer Surveyor?

The Engineer Surveyor role is ‘hands-on’ job, requiring practical experience, technical ability, strong customer communication skills and the confidence to make professional judgements. They are responsible for insurance and safety inspections across a range of machinery and equipment, including:

  • Lift Equipment
  • Crane Equipment
  • Pressure Equipment
  • Power Press/Hazardous Machinery
  • Electrical equipment/Installations
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation

Engineer surveyors may be called in before a piece of equipment is signed off for usage, during maintenance or refurbishment, or to investigate equipment failure. Members who join SOE can affiliate themselves to the BES sector, and benefit from tailored events, as well as the latest information in Operations Engineer magazine, delivered to them monthly.

Ready to take the next step?

Join SOE today

Find out the benefits of membership

 

Tom Shelly: A Journey of Engineering Excellence and Environmental Advocacy

Despite his retirement, Tom Shelly remains a fervent advocate for environmental protection, leveraging his engineering expertise to address pressing ecological issues.

Ethical Principles: Essential Engineering Competence for Plant Maintenance and Climate Action 

In the world of industrial plants and equipment, good maintenance hinges on engineering competence.

What the DVSAs update to Brake Testing Policies and Procedures mean for Vehicle Standards Assessors

The DVSA has released an Ops bulletin that introduces new brake testing procedures for Heavy Goods Vehicles and Public Service Vehicles.

View all resources

 

BES Events
JonathonBackhouse.JPG
Do safety systems and protocols discourage driver professionalism?
Join Jonathon Backhouse, one of the Legal Directors from leading transport law firm Backhouse Jones, who will discuss the role of the professional driver, analyse the impact of increasing automatisation and whether responsibility has diminished having an adverse impact on professionalism.
Northern-justice.jpg
All things legal
IRTE Northern Centre's next CPD presentation will be a legal update from Laura Hadzik of JMW Solicitors.
NZW 2024 colour.png
Net Zero Week
Net Zero Week is the UK’s official national awareness week and the biggest net zero conference - and is back for year four.

Find and book events

 


Are you a UK IPlantE or BES member who may need financial help? Click here to find out more.