Astun User Conference 2017

Birmingham, 20th June

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Astun User Conference 2017

The Astun User Conference will be taking place on 20th June 2017 at Conference Aston, on the Aston University campus in the heart of Birmingham.

Last year over 70 delegates from 43 organisations attended the first Astun User Conference. In 2017 we will be using the larger Steelhouse conference suite to make room for 100+ delegates.

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What's Going On?

The Astun User Conference is aimed at existing and potential Astun customers. It provides a great opportunity to catch up with the Astun team, hear about our future plans and network with other users.

The day comprises a morning session with a keynote presentation by Mike Saunt, Astun’s founder, followed by presentations from customers. The afternoon session is focused on training / demonstration workshops, designed to provide both insight and practical demonstrations to help our customers get the most out of their software investment.


The outline programme for the day is as follows:

Morning Session 

09:30 - 10:05 - Tea & Coffee

10:05 - 10:10 - Welcome and Introduction - Steven Feldman

10:10 - 10:40 - Mike Saunt - Keynote - The Cloud and Future Development

10:40 - 11:00 - Neil Stephenson, North Lincolnshire Council - Implementing iShare in the Cloud

11:00 - 11:30 - Tea & Coffee

11:30 - 11:50 - Martin Laker, Bath & North East Somerset Council - Online iShare based Street Naming & Numbering Application

11:50 - 12:10 - Ben Wright, Eden and South Lakeland District Councils - Implementing iShare as a Shared Service in the Cloud

12:10 - 12:30 - Dan Ormsby, Astun Technology - Planning Inspectorate Case Study

12:30 - 13:00 - Q&A session 

13:00 - 13:50 - Lunch


Afternoon Session

The afternoon is split into two workshop streams; one for iShare and one for QGIS. These will each run twice so all delegates can attend both sessions.


13:50 - 14:50 - iShare DemoGetting the most out of iShare 5.6!

  • Enterprise Metadata and iShare
  • The benefits of OGC layers
    • Advanced styling with SLDs
    • Feature highlighting
    • Custom highlights
  • Multiple projections and background maps using web mercator
  • What’s new in Studio & Studio ETL

13:50 - 14:50 - QGIS Workshop - Run by Ant Scott

  • Getting the most out of the QGIS Processing Framework
  • QGIS in the Cloud - bring your laptop

14:50 - 15:10 - Tea & Coffee

15:10 - 16:10 - iShare Demo repeated

15:10 - 16:10 - QGIS Workshop repeated

16:10 - 4:30 - Round-up


The Venue 

Conference Aston is situated in the Aston University Business School. 

Conference Aston

Attendees will be welcomed for teas and coffee in the Lichfield Suite which is also where we will have lunch.

Lichfield Suite

Below the Steelhouse Suite where the Conference presentations and training / demonstration workshops will take place.

Steelhouse Suite


Getting There

Conference Aston is conveniently located on the Aston University Campus in the centre of Birmingham. You can download this useful guide or go to the Conference Aston website which tells you all you need to know. 

If you are travelling by car you will need to book parking which again can be done through the Conference Aston website.

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