TRICS Consortium Limited can announce that user licence fees, Bureau Service fees and Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) site visit fees (plus fees for inputting and validating independently undertaken surveys) have been revised, and will take effect from 1st January 2024. The revised fees are now shown on our website at www.trics.org on our Membership, Bureau Service and SAM pages, alongside the current 2023 fees.
As everyone knows, prices have been increasing across all parts of the economy, including fees charged to TRICS for undertaking our surveys. In 2023 we have commissioned 270 surveys across the UK and Ireland, and have managed and delivered a further 70 independently commissioned SAM surveys, all of which are being added to the TRICS database to maintain and improve our data across a multitude of development types. In 2024 we are again committed to a further 270 surveys across all regions, as we recognise the greatest value of our system is its data and its continuous replenishment.
It is also our intention to develop and deliver a major re-write and upgrade of TRICS in 2024. This will be TRICS 8, which will include a significant number of major new system features and improvements. Preliminary work on the ideas and process of developing this redesign of the system has been taking place through 2023, and we will be delivering this much-improved database system at our own cost, with none of this to be passed on to our users. This reflects our ongoing and total commitment to maintaining and improving our system. We will also continue to offer our two popular TRICS user events each year with free attendance available to all user organisations, these being our TRICS Training & Development Forum in June and our TRICS User Meeting in November.
We are also pleased to confirm that these revised fees are being implemented below the rate of inflation. Alongside the need to continue to deliver an improved database with new data being added every quarter, we recognise the situation many organisations are subject to in terms of rising costs in all areas, so we have limited our increases as much as possible to reflect this. It should also be noted that we offer a quarterly payment option to all user organisations, allowing them to spread fees over a 12-month period.
Everyone at TRICS Consortium looks forward to working with all members of the TRICS Community in 2024, in what should be an exciting year in the growth and development of TRICS.