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Mark Breach's CV






Principal Lecturer in Engineering Surveying at Nottingham Trent University (1989-2011)


e-mail: mark.breach@yahoo.co.uk




MA in Engineering and Natural Sciences (Experimental Psychology and Statistics) from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall) 1973

MSc in Geodesy from Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) 1983

PhD (Nottingham Trent University) 2002


Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

Associate Fellow of the Royal Institution of Navigation


Professional Activities

Chairman of Geomatics Division of the Notts and Derby branch of the RICS 1998 - 2002

Member of East Midlands Construction Careers Group 1995 - 2002

Chairman of Nottingham Branch, The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors 1995 - 1999

Member of East Midlands Branch Committee, The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors 2005 - 2011

Member of RICS Mapping and Positioning Practice Panel 1999 - 2008

Member of ICES Topographic and Surveying Panel 2001 - 2005



Chief Examiner (formerly Moderator) for "427 Engineering Surveying" examination in the Engineering Council's Part 2(A) Examinations, 1996 - 2012

Exeter University – External Examiner for PhD, 2008  

Thames Valley University – External Examiner, 2008 - 2012


Research Interests

PhD projects:

"One man Global Positioning System (GPS) for highway profiling" (director of studies) winner, in conjunction with Global Surveys Ltd, of a DTI "Smart Award" 1994-1998

"Gyrotheodolite Upgrade" (director of studies) 1995 - 1999

"An automated approach to astrogeodetic levelling" (own PhD) 1996 - 2002

"Digital Height Reference Surface for Europe" (director of studies). 2003 - 2007

"Alignment Methods and Strategies for the Large Hadron Collider Low Beta Quadrupole Sections at CERN" (director of studies). 2005 - 2009

"Investigating the Optimum Design of Steel Portal Frames with Semi Rigid Joints" (supervisor) 2007 - 2010



Previous teaching duties

Course Leader for:

MSc Structural Engineering with Management
MSc Structural Engineering with Materials
MSc Civil Engineering
MSc Geotechnical Engineering

MSc European Traffic and Transportation

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University Representative for & participant in

Erasmus/Socrates projects from 1994-2003 with: Fachhochschule Oldenburg, Mikkeli Polytechnic, Hanzehogeschool van Groningen, Plymouth University, Wolverhampton University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Technological Institute of Patras. 

Tempus project with Mikkeli Polytechnic, Fachhochschule Karlsruhe, local survey companies and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia for the "Geodesian Educational Centre for Estonia" from 1995 to 1998. 

Tempus project with Mikkeli Polytechnic, Fachhochschule Karlsruhe, local survey companies and Riga Technical University, Latvia for "Geomatics Education in Latvia" 1997-2003. 

WG3 of European Education in Geodetic Engineering, Cartography and Surveying with the Polytechnic University of Valencia from 2002 to date. 

Construction Network of East Midlands New Technology Initiative in 2004.



Breach, M., 1981. Counting Sheep. In: V. Bryant, ed., The Sunday Times Book of Brain Teasers Book 2. London: Unwin.

Breach, M., 1984. Theodolite Errors. Survey Review. Vol 27 No 214 pp 355-368

Breach, M., 1985. Azimuth by the method of multiple timed observations of a Gyrotheodolite without electronic registration. Bulletin Geodesique. Vol 59 No3

Breach, M., 1985. Criticism of "First Order Positioning by Three-dimensional EDM" by Prof S. H. Laurila. Surveying & Mapping. (USA) pp 272-279

Breach, M., 1987. The Global Positioning System or "Where am I ... now!". Royal Engineers Journal. Vol 101 No 3 pp 196-207

Breach, M., Maye, P., 1988. Heights above the Geoid for Mapping Control by Doppler Translocation. Survey Review. pp 363-370

Breach, M., 1988. Small Pass Doppler Translocation proceedings Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Land Surveyors Division, Biennial Conference

Breach, M., Wardrop, A., 1988. The RE 200 Greenwich to Paris Measurement Royal Engineers Journal. Vol 102 No 3 pp 282-285

Breach, M., 1989. RE 200 - The French Connection. Land & Minerals Surveying. pp 16-19

Breach, M., Knight, J., Sowdon, P., 1990 Calibrating the Hermitage Base. Land & Minerals Surveying. pp 425-428

Breach, M., 1990. The Importance of Accurate Co-ordinates of a Known Station in Precise Relative Positioning. Survey Review. Vol 30 No 238 pp 398-403

Breach, M., 1992. Engineering Surveying correspondence course for Ellis School of Building. 16 lessons

Breach, M., 1992. Gyrotheodolite Measurements. Video. approx. 114 mins 

Breach, M., Devine, G., 1993. Engineering Surveying Case Study. Hobson's Casebook. 1993

Breach, M., 1993. A solution to the problems of teaching the Gyrotheodolite to large numbers. Survey and Mapping 93. Poster paper

Breach, M., Sargent, P., 1993. Survey Education at Nottingham Trent University. Survey and Mapping 93. Poster paper

Breach, M., 1993. Star Trekking Across Mill Lakes. Grapevine (Nottingham Trent University in-house staff magazine)

Breach, M., 1993. The Nottingham Trent University Education profile. Surveying World.

Breach, M., 1993. Gyro Teach-in. Surveying World.

Breach, M., 1993. The BEng (Hons) in Engineering Surveying. Video approx. 25 mins

Breach, M., 1994. Three Dimensional Resection. Surveying and Land Information Systems. (USA) Vol 54 No 1 pp 21-25

Breach, M., 1994. Teaching the Gyrotheodolite to large numbers. International Society for Mining Surveying IX Congress, Prague

Breach, M., 1995. Precise Levelling Video. approx. 50 mins 

Breach, M., 1995. Global Positioning System. Leybucht International Field Course. 66 pages

Breach, M., 1996. Automated Geodesy Short Course. Tallinn Technical University. Estonia 182 pages

Breach, M., 1996. Engineering Surveying at Nottingham Trent - Education profile. Surveying World. March/April pp 44-45

Breach, M., 1996. Global Positioning System. Plymouth International Field Course. 64 pages

Breach, M., 1996. Foreword Are you in the driving seat? Engineering Showcase '96. No 2 p5

Breach, M., 1997. Global Positioning System Short Course. Tallinn Technical University, Estonia approx. 100 pages

Breach, M., 1997. Global Positioning System. Burren (Ireland) International Field Course. approx. 45 pages

Breach, M., 1998. Automated Surveying Short course. Riga Technical University. Latvia. 146 pages

Breach, M., 1999-2001. Civil Engineering @ Nottingham Trent Newsletter of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering editor – issue 1-7

Breach, M., 2002. GPS - Historia Ja Tulevaisuus (GPS - From the Past to the Future). In: Proceedings of Maanmittauspäivät 2002. (ISBN 951-98709-1-1) pp33-41

Breach, M., 2002. Why the Wobble? Practical Boat Owner. No 424, April - ISSN 0032-6348

Breach, M., 2003. Is There Life after Military Survey? The Ranger - Journal of the Defence Surveyors' Association. Vol 2 Number 6 p34

Anon. 2004. Guidelines for the Use of GPS in Surveying and Mapping - RICS Guidance note. Contributing author. 100 pages. ISBN 1 84219 093 8

Breach, M., 2004. Engineering Surveying. Departmental Publication at Nottingham Trent University. approx. 840 pages 

Breach, M., 2004. Navigation - Short course. Fachhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany. approx. 250 pages

Breach, M., 2004. Celestial Navigation when your GPS fails. Crewe: Trafford ISBN 1-4120-2667-9

Anon. 2005. Il GPS está dando problemas en núcleos urbanos y en los bosques - Interview with Mark Breach. El Diario Vasco. San Sebastián. No 22734. 14 July 2005

Breach, M., 2005. The 'Great Race' to the South Pole. Geomatics World. Jul/Aug 205 Vol 13 Issue 5 pp34-35.

Breach, M., 2005. Review of Plane and Geodetic Surveying. Survey Review. Vol 38 No 298 pp344-345.

Breach, M., 2006. QA – an English Perspective. In: State of the Art of Issues related to Engineering Education in Europe. EEGECS Thematic Network. Athens.

Schofield, W., Breach, M., 2007. Engineering Surveying. 6th edition. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann ISBN 978-0750669498

Breach, M., 2008. Dissertation Writing for Engineers and Scientists. Harlow: Pearson Education. ISBN 978-1405872782

Breach, M., 2009. Astrogeodetic Levelling. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing  ISBN 978-3-8383-0829-6

Breach, M., 2011. Fundamental Maths: for Engineering and Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan   ISBN 978-0230252080

Breach, M., 2011. Surveying instruments. In McGraw Hill Encyclopaedia of Science and Technology, (2011) 10th ed. New York USA: McGraw-Hill vol18 pp49-52

Breach, M., 2011. Essential Maths for Engineering and Construction - How to Avoid Mistakes. London: Spon  ISBN 978-0415579278 (paperback), ISBN 978-0415579261 (hardback)

Breach, M., 2012 The Mad Lighthouse Keeper and other Illogicalities. EU: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PEDZYW



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