be officially launched on the internet
this December, coinciding with the
release of version 2008(a) of the system.
The web-based version of TRICS® is
the result of many months of system development.
Its design is based on the current Windows
system, so users will be familiar with
its layout and procedures. Access to the
new system will be through existing usernames
and passwords. The current Windows software
will continue to be supported until June
2008, when it will permanently move over
to the web.
Advantages of the new system,
which will be run on a high-speed server,
include the fact that you will be able
to access TRICS® from any computer using the
internet, new data will be able to be uploaded
on a more frequent basis, and you will
able to purchase TRICS® products via
a secure on-line server.
The new system
will be comprehensively tested prior to
its December 2007 release. Further updates
will appear in this newsletter.
2007(b) available for download
latest version of TRICS®, version
2007(b), is now available for download
All member organisations have been notified
of the update’s availability, and
can download the software using their existing
usernames and passwords.
The new version
contains a number of system enhancements
and new surveys, all of which are listed
within the system’s Library
module. System developments include enhancements
to the rank order list procedure, the facility
to calculate residential trip rates by
number of bedrooms, and the introduction
of 5 new land use sub-categories, amongst
A calibration test sheet
is also available for download.
attendance at 2007 TRICS® User
A record number
of over 160 attendees took part in
the recent TRICS® User
Meetings, held on 18th and 21st June. The
popular interactive events were fully booked,
and took place at the Cabinet War Rooms
and Churchill Museum in London, and the
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
were given on subjects such as system development,
the 2007 TRICS® Good
Practice Guide (see elsewhere in this newsletter),
the TRICS® multi-modal survey methodology,
and other TRICS®-related topics. Attendees
were also given the opportunity to take
part in an interactive TRICS® system
workshop, which was very popular. Many
ideas on the future of TRICS® were
shared, with a number of valuable contributions
to system enhancement taken into consideration
for future development programmes.
are being considered for next year’s
event, which will again be held in two
regional locations next June. Updates will
be provided in this newsletter.
Practice Guide published
and clarification of TRICS® system
2007 TRICS® Good Practice Guide
has now been published, and can be viewed
within the Library module of version 2007(b)
of the system. It will also shortly be
available for downloading at www.trics.org.
Good Practice Guide is a valuable resource
for both those producing and auditing TRICS® data. It supersedes the 2006
version, and contains updated guidance
on the use of TRICS® through its various
procedures. It is a standard for good practice
which is fully endorsed by the TRICS® Consortium,
and is a document that is increasingly
used at events such as Public Inquiries.
are encouraged to read the document, and
clarification on any of its sections can
be obtained through the TRICS® team
at JMP Consultants Limited.
It is important that users fully
understand the definitions which are present
There are definitions available for viewing
within the Help procedure of the system,
and cover land uses, trip rate calculation
parameters, and mode of travel/vehicle
type. From version 2008(a) in December
2007, access to definitions will be made
easier to users with a number of direct
links within the system at appropriate
locations. By understanding TRICS® definitions,
users can provide greater clarity when
producing and presenting their data.
Standard Assessment Methodology
for Travel Plans seminars to be held
A series of seminars in September on
the Standard Assessment Methodology
(SAM) for Travel Plans are currently
being planned. This follows the success
of similar events held last autumn.
provides a straightforward means of
assessing whether a development has met
its travel plan requirements, utilising
the TRICS® multi-modal survey methodology.
In doing so, SAM focuses travel plans on
delivering meaningful outputs (the targets),
enabling all parties to be clear as to
what is being asked of the travel plan,
and importantly, what is being achieved.
The seminars are designed to inform transport
planners and development control officers
of the role of SAM in development control
related travel plans, in addition to providing
an overview of the changes brought by the
DfT's Guidance on Transport Assessment.
are looking to hold four events in September
in the South West, Midlands, North East and
North West regions. If you would like to
host an event in your region, please contact
Richard Adams at email@example.com or 0117 987 6214.
your places at the 2007 TRICS®/RTPI
2007 TRICS®/RTPI Conference will
be taking place at the Regents Park Marriott
Hotel in London, on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday
21st November. This year the conference
theme is “New Directions in Transport
Planning”, and will address contemporary
transport issues and innovative solutions.
year, delegates will be able to book their
places on-line via a secure server at www.trics.org.
This convenient booking process will help
to speed up delegate confirmations, and
will be available as soon as programme
details are finalised. All organisations
will be sent full details soon.
pages on TRICS® website – promote
organisation is interested in marketing
its activities within the TRICS® website,
there will soon be the opportunity to obtain
a “sponsored page” at www.trics.org.
Within your page you can provide information
on what your organisation can offer, and
update the page free of charge, all for
a modest fee.
The sponsored page will be
in a fixed format. All you need to do is
provide information by completing a form,
and you can also supply your organisation’s logo.
Use of the TRICS® website is due to
expand rapidly once the full TRICS® system
is operating on-line, so now is the ideal
time to present your organisation to the
TRICS® Community. For further information
on marketing possibilities at www.trics.org,
contact Ian Coles (TRICS® Manager).
1 month trial of TRICS® available
free 1-month trial of the latest full version
of the TRICS® software is available
to all organisations upon request. Throughout
the free trial period full technical support
is available at no cost, and there is no
obligation once the period has expired.
organisations have already found this trial
useful, as there is no restriction on the
number of PC’s on which the
software can be installed. Anyone interested
in the free trial should contact the TRICS® team
at JMP Consultants Limited.