Meet Charles the Surveyor

Eng. Charles Kyobe Kibirango is more than your everyday surveyor. He is a Senior Surveyor with 30 years of professional surveying and this includes Project Management. He has vast experience in water, irrigation, road and bridge works, mapping, establishment of ground control points and setting out of major roads, dams for water and electric power generation and electric power transmission lines.

He has experience in use of a wide range of instruments including the latest state of the art equipment incorporating automatic data acquisition, processing and digital mapping; among these are various makes and models of theodolites and levels, tacheometers and total stations, various short, medium and long range EDM equipment, satellite positioning equipment, pipe and cable locator.

Now that we have established Charles’ grandeur as a Surveyor we need to know the story behind the man that he is. History has proven time and again that behind every successful man is a woman and indeed Charles is married to a one beautiful Catherine with whom he has five amazing children. Charles also enjoys travelling and photography.

Charles kick-started his career with a Bachelors of Science degree in Surveying and Photogrammetry at the University of Nairobi and after graduating with honors in 1974, he immediately joined Geosurvey International in Nairobi. “Geosurvey introduced me to the practice of surveying,” claimed Charles who starting work as an intern, rose through the ranks and by the time the company closed in 1986 was a senior surveyor.

Because of his estimable project management skills, Photomap International, based in Nairobi, then employed him to manage some of the big surveying projects. Photomap International took over Geosurvey in 1986. Charles worked with Photomap International till 1988. He then worked for HPGulf Consultants (1989 – 1992) where he was Chief Surveyor on several projects.

While at HPGulf Associates Charles led the 7 Towns Water Project. So far, the 7 Towns Water Projects has been the biggest design project in Uganda. He was in charge of designing the water system in the seven towns of Mbale, Tororo, Kampala, Masaka, Entebbe, Jinja and Mbarara. The second phase of the & Towns Water Projects was codenamed the Second Water Project and on this project Charles spearheaded the construction supervision of water works.

In 1994, Charles, with a group of three friends, decided that it was time to form a private company. This decision birthed M&E Associates Ltd – Consulting Engineers, Surveyors and Planners. At M&E Charles is the Director in charge of all land surveying work at the firm. The firm is currently one of the biggest engineering consulting firms in Uganda. Charles has handled a number of major projects which include the rehabilitation of Entebbe Airport (1995 – 1996), Matugga- Kapeeka Road-Cadastral survey to evaluate areas of properties affected by the upgrading of the road for compensation, Ground Control Points and geodetic measurements for the LIS Project, Uganda (IGN) among so many more.

Charles is so vastly experienced that he has worked on several projects abroad. He has not only worked in Uganda he has also worked in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Malawi and Yemen Arab Republic.

From 2004 through 2007, Charles served as President of the Institution of Surveyors of Uganda. His biggest achievement as President was heading the team that organized the ISU CHOGM Conference, which coincided with the CHOGM period in November 2007. The conference was attended by many surveyors and other professionals within the Commonwealth.

Charles enjoys helping people and working with communities. It is because of this that he joined the Rotary fraternity as a member of the Rotary Club of Muyenga.

To his colleagues in the field, Charles advised that they should honor the profession. They should hold onto the professional ethics. “Surveyors are looked at with a lot of suspicion because we have caused it.”

His advice to the young enthusiasts of surveying was to respect fieldwork. “Surveying is about measurements and not computation. False information about a survey can cause vast problems,” Charles emphasized. He advised the young to have more interest in fieldwork because it is through practical experience that they shall be real and informed surveyors.

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011