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The sixth annual TRICS Training & Development Forum is to be held on Tuesday 18th June 2024 - The Caves, Edinburgh

Technical analyses using the TRICS database are regularly undertaken by the TRICS team, with Technical Notes presenting the results. Guidance Notes to assist TRICS users are also available, including the important TRICS Good Practice Guide and TRICS Multi-Modal Methodology document. These reports are helpful and informative documents which are free to everyone, and can enhance the use and understanding of our system. They can all be downloaded directly from this website.

Please select button below to link to the 2024 TRICS User Survey

A number of online presentations have been put together following the publication of the Decide and Provide report released earlier this year, and we thought it would be a good idea to put a recording on the website to allow all TRICS Members to see these. The Covid-19 restrictions over the past 18 months have made it difficult to undertake presentations in person, so it is hoped that these short videos will assist until we can host a fully live event.



TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to offer free in-person presentations at TRICS user offices that detail the various stages of the process of commissioning TRICS Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) surveys.

Free TRICS SAM Survey Process Presentation Sessions

12th April 2024

The deadline for new TRICS SAM survey commissions for surveys taking place in the current Spring 2024 window has now passed (as of noon on 12th April 2024). Therefore, any new requests for SAM surveys will need to be for surveys taking place in the Autumn 2024 window, which runs from mid-September (once the schools have returned) until the end of November. Should there be Autumn surveys required please contact the TRICS team and these can be set up in our system.

25th March 2024

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to announce that the sixth annual TRICS Training & Development Forum is to be held on Tuesday 18th June 2024, at The Caves in Edinburgh. You can now book your free place online here:

TRICS Training & Development Forum 2024

Once again, this event is free to member organisations (one attendee per member office), on a first come first served basis (places are limited). Additional places are charged at the rate of £190 + VAT, which is the same charge for non-TRICS members who wish to attend with a view to becoming TRICS members.

Unlike our annual TRICS User Meeting, which covers various elements of TRICS across a broader, project-wide perspective, the Training & Development Forum (TDF) is more focused on day-to-day use and applications of TRICS as well as the system’s development, 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 regular users of the system as well as those that might be new to it, 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 TDF is also another excellent opportunity to network with members of the TRICS community, attendees being system users from both private and public sector organisations. These events have always been productive yet informal and have in the past led to significant changes to the system via our interactive approach, where everyone gets to have their own say on the future of TRICS.

By visiting the link above you can find out about the event’s programme and the venue, along with access to our booking system. We have put together a programme which we feel will suit all attendees, covering a variety of system and data related topics. The event includes a free buffet lunch, so there will be plenty of time to meet and discuss all matters TRICS with other attendees from around the UK and Ireland.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event.

26th February 2024

TRICS Consortium Ltd are pleased to confirm the next update of TRICS, version 7.11.1, will go live on Friday 29th March 2024.

TRICS 7.11.1 will include a range of new surveys and the TRICS team look forward to delivering this update as we continue to improve and enhance our system and its data with the input and assistance of everyone in the TRICS community

26th February 2024

TRICS Consortium Limited is pleased to announce the date and location of our 6th annual TRICS Training & Development Forum.

This event is being held at The Caves in Edinburgh, on Tuesday 18th June 2024. Registration will commence at 10:30 for a start at 11:00, and the event will close at 15:00.

This is a separate event to our annual TRICS User Meeting (which takes place in November). Whilst the User Meeting is always held in London, the Training & Development Forum is held regionally in a different part of the UK on each occasion, reflecting the diverse office locations of the TRICS Community. This is also a slightly different event to the User Meeting in that it is more oriented towards the technical day to day operational side of the TRICS system. It is an event where we discuss the use of TRICS and its components and data more than at the User Meeting, which tends to be more wide-ranging across the project as a whole and covering associated transport-industry topics. To give everyone a flavour of what will be discussed at this year’s Training & Development Forum, we have pencilled in the following presentations, which are of course subject to possible amendment.

  • TRICS – More Than Just Trip Generation (how the system can be used for a wide range of technical analyses)
  • TRICS System Demonstration – Advanced Features
  • Good Practice Hints & Tips
  • TRICS Case Studies From a User’s Perspective
  • Update on the Development of TRICS 8 in Progress
  • TRICS Development Open Forum

As per the User Meeting, the TRICS Training & Development Forum is free to attend for one person from each TRICS-licensed office, with additional places for attendees from the same user office charged at £190 + VAT (this fee would also apply to any non-TRICS member organisations per attendee). Tea and coffee will as usual be provided at registration, and attendees can mix in the usual way and exchange their thoughts and ideas over a buffet lunch. Unlike the User Meeting, there will be no optional “breakout” session in the afternoon, with all presentations and discussions taking place in a single room. For those wanting to look up the location of The Caves, it is close to Edinburgh’s Old Town and not far from Edinburgh Waverley rail station.

Therefore, please save the date in your calendars if you are interested in attending. We will be working on the booking system soon and will send out a further email to everyone once this is up and running so that places can be booked on a first come, first served basis. The TRICS team look forward to meeting with our users once again.

19th February 2024

TRICS Consortium Limited invites all user organisations to participate in our annual TRICS User Survey, which is now live. To access the survey, which should only take a short time, please go to the following link.

2024 TRICS User Survey

As users of TRICS, your opinions are of great value to us. Our annual survey is much more than just a marketing exercise – you can have your direct say in the future of TRICS, its data collection programme, system development and associated projects. It is a very important time for us here at TRICS, as we start to design and implement a major system re-write, TRICS 8. We are also involved in a variety of other projects, so now, more than ever, we need to hear what you have to say about our system, as we strive to improve it in every way that we can.

Over the years, many ideas in response to our user surveys have become actual system improvements, and we want this to continue. We aim to ensure that the whole experience of using TRICS is hassle-free, with an intuitive and user-friendly system that makes your job easier. The best way to do this is through engaging with the TRICS Community, consisting of over 370 organisations across all parts of the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is this truly inclusive and interactive way that has seen the system evolve over three decades and will see it continue to improve and develop through years to come. So please get involved and have your say in the future of TRICS today.

We look forward to receiving your comments and ideas. Thank you for your time, it is greatly appreciated.

30th January 2024

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to announce that we are now offering Travel Plan Monitoring Reports as an optional extra to clients who commission Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) surveys.

TPMR's are a very quick and handy way of presenting information on a site's travel plan and its multi-modal survey results, and include automated explanatory commentary that is designed to be understandable by those who may not be directly familiar with the workings of TRICS. SAM survey clients are now able to state their trip generation and mode split criteria for inclusion in the reports (i.e. start and end times, direction and mode type), with the reports being generated and supplied by TRICS as separate PDF documents. A bonus of TPMR's is that they can also include any previous surveys at the same development for comparative purposes.

Once a SAM survey is validated it can take up to three months for it to become available in one of our quarterly TRICS database updates, so including a TPMR along with the finalised survey outputs would mean that clients obtain these reports before they could be produced by any other party using the TRICS system.

The option for inclusion of TMPR's as part of SAM survey commissions (costing £212 + VAT for each report) has now been added to our survey agreements. If anyone would like further information please contact a member of the TRICS team.