TRICS Training & Development Forum 2019

TRICS Training & Development Forum 2019

Wednesday 27th November 2019 – The King’s Centre, Oxford

About the Event

The fourth annual TRICS Training & Development Forum is to be held on Wednesday 27th November in Oxford. Following a successful third event in York last year, we are very pleased to announce that this year’s event will be taking place at The King’s Centre in Oxford, and that once again this event is free to member organisations (one attendee per member office) on a first come first served basis (places are limited). Non-members of TRICS who are considering joining are also welcome to attend.

This is a different event to our annual TRICS User Meeting. Unlike the User Meeting, which covers aspects of TRICS in a broad perspective, the Training & Development Forum (TDF) is more of a user training and systems development event, where attendees can pick up hints and tips on the use of TRICS and contribute ideas towards further developing the system. This is very much an event for the actual day to day users of the system, and we are pleased to continue touring around various parts of the UK with the TDF whilst keeping the annual User Meeting based in London.

The TRICS TDF is also another excellent opportunity to network with members of the TRICS community, attendees being day to day users from both private and public sector organisations. We have found that our events have always been productive whilst at the same time informal, and have in the past led to significant changes to the system via our interactive open forum approach, where everyone gets to have their own say on the future of TRICS.


The event will start off with a brief system demonstration of TRICS features that have been added to the system over the past couple of years, providing some worked examples of how these features can be utilised. This will be followed by a preview of the system enhancements that are being added into TRICS for the December 2019 update, following an analysis of the results of the 2019 TRICS User Survey. Then, there will be a presentation on how we have expanded the TRICS database through the introduction of new surveys and development types over the last few years, along with a preview of the 2020 data collection programme.

There will of course be the opportunity for questions after this morning session. After a buffet lunch, the afternoon session will commence with a presentation on a trip generation comparison between Food Superstores and Discount Food Stores, a technical study undertaken by TRICS. This will be followed by a summary of the final technical report into trip rate variation by region and by location type. At the previous two TRICS events there have been presentations firstly on the regional analysis, and secondly on the location type analysis, so this presentation will summarise the main findings and the sections of the technical report that is going to be made freely available this autumn.

The third presentation of the afternoon session will be a preview of the possible amendments to the TRICS Good Practice Guide, as it undergoes a major re-issue in 2020. Through the 2019 TRICS User Survey we received some good ideas for amendments to this guidance, and there will also be one more opportunity for attendees to have their input into this. Finally, there will be an open forum on TRICS system development, research and data collection, which will be an ideal opportunity for users to express their opinions on the future of the system.

The Venue

The King’s Centre in Oxford is located close to Oxford railway station, just to the west of the city centre, so it is nice and accessible. It is Oxford’s largest multi-purpose conference and event centre, a versatile venue that suits the needs of our event perfectly.

The venue was formerly the home of Oxford Instruments who, at this site and others, developed and built the first whole body superconducting MRI magnet (commemorated by an official blue plaque).

Since then, the property has been continuously developed and upgraded, and so this is considered an ideal venue for this year’s forum, with the spaces that we have hired for our event being just what we need.