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Topics for the roundtables at 12.10pm and 12.35pm.

Roundtable sessions are 25 minutes each, and delegates can choose two of the following options. The options will be repeated at each session.

Please note the session below may change or be updated.





Innovation and the UPRN

The adoption of the UPRN revolutionised address management in the UK. As the technology involved evolves, we're going to be discussing how the UPRN can sit at the centre of innovation in address management

  1. Smartphones are increasingly dominating the way people interact with organisations. How the can councils use this to improve services and improve efficiency
  2. Can councils use new technologies like voice-activated services provided by Amazon, Google, etc to provide more self-service reduce the burden on council services
  3. As location and maps play an increasingly prominent role in people's lives, what can custodians do ensure that the key role they play, is recognised by senior management


Aligned Assets

Dinesh Thanigasalam, Commercial Director


Building a Business Case for Cloud GIS

When deciding whether to migrate a system to the Cloud, organisations need to consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). TCO is an estimation of the costs associated with purchasing, deploying, using and retiring a system. This roundtable discussion will look to explore the elements that make up the TCO for both on-premise and cloud GIS deployments enabling attendees to identify the costs that need to be considered in building a Business Case for Cloud GIS.

  1. What do you think are the costs associated with purchasing, deploying, using and retiring a system?
  2. Which of these costs are applicable to an on-premise solution?
  3. Which of these costs are applicable to a cloud deployment?

Astun Technology

Mike Smith, Head of Sales at Astun Technology


Using Open Data to encourage low-cost innovation in bin services

  1. What data could local authorities publish beyond the domestic collections calendar? 

  2. What about performance data – train companies publish punctuality, could council's do similar for waste collections? 

  3. Resident performance – should council publish recycling rates and tonnages for individual streets? 

Bartec Auto ID

Tim Hobbs, Director


LiDAR – How can this dataset work for your Authority?

With increasing availability of off-the-shelf LiDAR datasets and leaps forward in sensor technologies this highly accurate terrain data has never been more attainable.  When combined with existing datasets already held by Authorities the applications are far reaching! Some established uses include: identification of households at risk from flooding; urban planning; location of potential planning infringements; archaeology and even the identification of potential illegal dwellings

  1. How is LiDAR data currently used within Local Authorities? 
  2. Has the relaxation of EA's licensing regulations surrounding its now open source LiDAR data had any impact on modelling? 
  3. What would more accurate tree height/canopy information mean to you? 

Bluesky World

Kathryn Lucas, Sales Executive


Supporting cloud migration

Contemplating how GIS would work in the cloud opens up a multitude of questions on scope, usability, interoperability, data management and security. This roundtable discussion will explore some of the options available for deploying cloud-based GIS in a user-friendly yet secure way



Jeremy Thomas


Community to County – Efficient and effective sharing of geographic data

Are we doing enough to share data between local authorities and parish councils? Can we do more to allow them to be more self-sufficient and resilient as a community

  1. What are the current attitudes towards providing data to and equipping Parishes?
  2. What are the potential benefits of sharing data with Parishes and using them to collate information?
  3. What solutions are available to facilitate data sharing and collaborative editing?



Carl Greenman, Parish Online Product Manager


Data – the "rocket fuel" of GIS

The data an organization posses, it's accuracy, management and how it can be mined for relevant insight is just as critical as the GIS software.   It is the rocket fuel of your GIS Software that can either lift your services into the stratosphere or could blow up on the launch pad.
This roundtable is to discuss the critical nature of data and how data such as Geo-coding, Routing, POI and Geo Demographics is sourced and managed

  1. How important is spatial data within your organisation and how does your organisation see this data within your enterprise data strategy?
  2. If you had a clean slate how would you build your internal data assets?
  3. What is the most important criteria for assessing external market data?


Pitney Bowes


How should the National Street Gazetteer be integrated with the local requirements for hierarchical based networks for safety inspections and pavement management?

Some local authorities carry out their safety inspections and pavement management using hierarchical based networks rather than at National Street Gazetteer level. These hierarchical based networks allow streets to be split in to more manageable homogenous lengths which activities can be recorded against. Currently these networks are to be maintained separately in addition to the National Street Gazetteer. Should the National Street Gazetteer be integrated with these local hierarchical based networks and if so how should this be achieved?

  1. Does your authority have any network other than the National Street Gazetteer, which is used for any highway maintenance activity?
  2. Why do you have a separate network and what benefits do you perceive from operating in this way?
  3. Would you like to see the National Street Gazetteer and hierarchical based networks integrated and if so, what benefits would your organisation realise, if any?



Sarah Twigg, Business Development Consultant


Using addressing to verify population estimates

Following her presentation earlier in the day, Rachel will discuss the method that Leeds Council uses to provide bespoke population estimates for use in planning applications, service planning and to assist local Neighbourhood Forums gain a better understanding of their locality.

Leeds City Council

Rachel Antcliffe, Principal LLPG Officer
Data and GIS Team
Plans and Policies Group 
Leeds City Council




The UPRN – the "Logical Glue" – Building the business case for investment in the LLPG

How the LLPG has been the key building block for the several of the council's most important digital services and integrations.

  1. The role the LLPG plays in a variety of integrations across organisations

  2. What approaches can we take to buy organisations into the importance of the LLPG

  3. How can we demonstrate and prove the business case for investment in the LLPG

Harrow Council

Ben Jones, Head of Digital


Developing a database schema to identify Troubled Families

  1. Data sharing / protection - controlling access / use rather than avoiding matching

  2. Data quality and standards - dealing with issues are source or in the load processes

  3. Matching processes, techniques and tools - how to make as efficient as possible

Manchester City Council

Paul Holme
Research and Intelligence Manager / Strategic Lead Research
Public Intelligence / GM Public Service Reform


Defining BLPU geographies – where to draw the line?

  1. What are the issues in defining BLPU town 'boundaries'?

  2. How do local authorities manage the different spheres of influence in addressing and draw consistent rules? i.e. What size of town should be included within an address and what proximity to a town?

  3. How to improve cross-Council-boundary data-sharing? (i.e. so that town boundaries are fluid and do not end at a Council boundary)?

  4. How to achieve consistency in defining towns and localities – with such varied geographies throughout the UK?


Ron Wilkinson, One Scotland Gazetteer Custodian, Improvement Service, and

Josh Gooch, Spatial Data Analyst, GeoPlace


Linking the NSG and USRNs with TROs

GeoPlace is looking into the world of TROs and whether the processes, standards and management of TROs are integrated with other local authority street processes.

  1. How are you linking TROs with the NSG and USRNs?
  2. Are you following any common standards for recording TRO data geographically?
  3. Are there any local or national benefits to linking your various Street data together, TROs with NSG, PROWs and PMS?
  4. Are there any organisations who regularly contact you to obtain up-to-date TRO data?


Simon Bailey, Senior Consultant


Section 36 (6) List of Streets - time for a national initiative?

  • How are they provided from your authority?

  • What information and completeness do they provide?              



Richard Groombridge, National Street Data Manager


Reviewing and recording Classification networks

With the view of making the LSG the Authorities' definitive source of Roads Classification information, it has been decided that the 2017/18 Improvement Schedule will tighten the measures on A, B and C Roads.  Come to the roundtable to see how to check the quality of your data using the new NSG Mapping files as well as a discussion on the process for reclassification


Jonathan Bates, Deputy National Street Data Manager


What can 8.1 do for me?

  1. Who are the users of the LSG?
  2. How can we capitalise on moving records to esu level?
  3. Where do we get the data and how can we add it with minimum effort? 

Sunderland City Council - Stephen Black, Technician 

Northumberland County Council - Carl Dent, Asset Manager


What makes good quality address and street data?

  • How do you ensure the data you input is of a good quality?

  • What are your data quality challenges?

  • How can GeoPlace help overcome your data quality challenges?

  • What is GeoPlace doing to assess data quality?

  • What can you do to help each other?


Jon Saunders, Senior Data Quality Manager


Address and Street data integration – What's working and not working?

What problems you are facing in making your LLPG and LSG the definitive address and street datasets within your authority? Let's discuss these with colleagues to find out if others are facing the same problems and discover how others have overcome them. We will discuss the various barriers to integration and internal adoption as well as explore some techniques you can implement to help assist you in achieving this.


Luke Studden, Supplier Liaison  Manager


Technology 101: How can we switch protocols to avoid getting left behind

  • How can we collectively avoid being left behind by technology trends currently shaping the future across other industries?

  • In what areas can we help others or do ourselves to accomplish this?

  • How best do we make these changes accessible to all?


Guy Chisholm, Senior Java Developer