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Plenary sessions


Read more detail about the plenary sessions below:



Enterprise suite



Jesse Norman MP

Minister of State for Transport,
Department for Transport



Bringing Location to Life 

Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director, GeoPlace


The UK's Geospatial Strategy 

William Priest, Director, Geospatial Commission



Using Addresses to protect citizens and prevent fraud

Andrew Letherby, Head of Monitoring, Digital Operations, HMRC


The suppliers supporting your work

Introduction to exhibitors

Luke Studden, Supplier Liaison Manager, GeoPlace



Morning refreshments


Gaining insights through addresses

Dr Marc Adams, Senior Analyst and MESH Mapping Lead, National Audit Office

The work of government plays out not in Westminster but in numerous places/localities across the country.  Knowing what is happening, where and why can often form part of questions the NAO asks about how effectively government policy is being implemented.  The availability of high quality, reliable location information is key to beginning to answer these questions.  This presentation will explain the role of the NAO, how location information is used to support our Value for Money and investigations work, what we do when location data is of poor quality and the possible future for location data at the NAO


Citizens to services: an insight into the workings of the Access to Services domain within the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019

Matt Ricketts, GI Analyst, Geography and Technology, Welsh Government

Every 5 years the Welsh Government produces the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation. This statistical insight includes many domains ranging from Income, the Physical Environment and Access to Services.  Within the Access to Services domain, every residential UPRN in Wales is routed along both the public and private transport networks to their nearest of 9 services (GPs, Schools, Libraries etc.) at multiple times of the day. This talk will explore how the UPRN is a vital identifier to understand the location of, and proximity of local services to citizens.


Coming together as a community

Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group and Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group


Presentation of the Exemplar Awards:

  • Best in Region

  • Data Quality and Improvement Award for Addresses

  • Data Quality and Improvement Award for Streets

  • Peer Award

  • Data Visualisation Award

  • Exemplar Award





Lightening talk session; 7 presentations, 7 slides, 7 minutes

Tertiaries ‘R' Us

Mary Burton, Address Management Officer, Nottingham City Council

With over 40K legacy residential BLPUs missing tertiary classifications, we carried out a project using our LLPG, GIS and technical sections to identify, evaluate and import the missing classifications. GIS analysts identified and evaluated data from internal sources, matched it to the LLPG using FME, and combined this with spatial analysis techniques using LLPG and OS MasterMap to determine classifications. LLPG staff did a random sample evaluation of the results and found >90% accuracy. Technical staff imported the data via a DTF file supplied by GeoPlace. Within weeks, we completed a project to inform Highway Network Maintenance prioritisation by supplying a count of properties by street, which utilised residential tertiary classifications.

The journey of an address in the Police system

Olivia Powell, GIS Manager at Avon & Somerset Constabulary

The Police service has always relied on maps and location information to respond efficiently to incidents. However, addresses are a key set of information which are not solely used in responding to calls for service, but also within a myriad of services and departments within the police service, criminal justice system and with partnering agencies. Olivia will go through the journey of an address in the police system, illustrating some of our data quality relies on the great work that local LLPG custodians do in maintaining and improving Address Base Premium.

Waste Collection Services Incab System

James Atthews, Management Support Analyst and LLPG Custodian, Scarborough Borough Council

The Incab system delivered at Scarborough Borough Council uses UPRN data to navigate our refuse and recycling collection rounds, and to record collection issues and round progress directly to our Customer First team. Before, paper was double handled and manually input to convey this information the next day. This system saves the Council money, reduces our carbon footprint and non-productive time, reduced our admin support, and has improved the service to our customers through instant access to data and online access. Data interactions between systems have further reduced manual interventions, with key issues automatically creating work tickets for resolution

Environment Roads and Facilities Digital Transformation Project

Sophie Birchall- Rogerson, Senior Management Information Systems Officer, Conwy County Council

Conwy are advocates of the importance of delivering asset management using innovation and new technology. Without a robust inventory of what we are responsible for, we are unable to deliver services effectively. Accurate geospatial information underpinned by the LSG is the cornerstone. Authorities are accountable for decisions made and therefore must demonstrate  transparency when communicating decisions.  Customer interface portals have transformed service delivery. Whether there's a pothole, a flood, fly tipping or even a bridge that needs reporting –Real time technology linked to the LSG allows the customer to accurately record the location, allowing reports to be located and resolved quicker.

How to avoid letting off steam

Gareth Osborne, Senior Address Management Officer , Nottingham City Council

Utility companies expressed concern at both a national and local level that Nottingham City's Local Streets Gazetteer (LSG) did not identify those streets in the City where roadworks were potentially affected by the Council's District Heating network and infrastructure. Using GIS and FME we identified those streets that were within 10 feet of the network and "flagged" this on the relevant street record on the LSG. The entry directs utility companies proposing to undertake street works on the relevant roads to an App ( that holds details of network's location and layout. 

Our journey from serving generic content to bringing the information to the user, based on their location

Nizete Vasconcelos, GIS Manager and Petri Livonen, Web Developer, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

Our journey from serving generic content to bringing the information to the user, based on their location.  Presentation on how we are improving services to the residents and businesses by bringing location based information to them. Use of UPRNs to deliver tailored services such as council tax and business rates billing, democratic information, planning applications, waste and many others, to individual members of the public. The use of spatial data by the public has increased significantly as a result of the way data was presented to the public.

Visualising the LSG mapping using OS Zoomstack

Stephen Black, Network and Street Works Officer, Sunderland City Council

OS Zoomstack makes OS open data more accessible, customisable and easier to use. It provides a single, customisable map of Great Britain to be used at national and local levels. Stephen will outline how he has integrated NSG mapping within Zoomstack and the benefits that it is bringing his authority.





Using address data to unlock insightful citizen master data

Mark Brennan, Project Manager, Camden ICT, Camden Council

Camden is a complex borough in the heart of London, with a 220,000 residential population which doubles in the daytime. Developing a Residents' Index, which integrates key resident data from different lines of business systems to produce a Golden View of citizen data is a way to provide citizens with consistent access to council services, make budget savings and support multi-agency working and early intervention. The UPRN is the key component used to create the household view and bind together people and place data. Mark will discuss how the UPRN is used in this way and outline future use of it within the Residents' index and outlines the benefits of using master data in Camden.


Addressing the Census

Jez Halton, Senior Research Officer, Address Register, Data Architecture, Office for National Statistics

The ONS will be using AddressBase to ensure that the right address details are used to capture every household.  The high quality of AddressBase is vital to supporting a high quality census. ONS will discuss how it is working with GeoPlace and local address Custodians to support the Census through accurate addressing, highlighting the vital role of Address Custodians in delivering the best possible outcomes from the 2021 Census.


Predicting and preventing London's next fire using predictive analytics and the Unique Property Reference Number

Apollo Gerolymbos, Head of Data Analytics, London Fire Brigade.

Apollo will give an overview of the work undertaken by the London Fire Brigade's multidisciplinary data analytics team. A set of case studies will demonstrate innovative use of data science, including a recent project which highlighted the power of the UPRN .


Bringing location to life

Craig Taylor, Senior Data Vis Design Manager Ito World.

Ito World turns complex data into stunning visualisations, revealing insight you never knew existed. Craig will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how he transforms geospatial data into bespoke visualisations for clients such as Hyperloop and Inrix. He'll also debut a new visualisation created exclusively for the GeoPlace conference. For a sneak peek, check out Ito World's showreel:


Announcement of the winner of the Orienteering and AR app prizes and close of conference



Networking and drinks