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UNIRAS and AVS User Group events for 1997

Although still operating as two separate User Groups, the spirit of co-operation continues and merger plans are taking shape. Four events are being planned for 1997:

1 May 1997
UNIRAS Technical Briefing Day

AVS/Express Developer's Workshop

AVS - Moving to Viz/Express

17 and 18 November 1997
Joint Conference

General User Group information is available on the World Wide Web at:



UNIRAS Technical Briefing Day

This will take place on Thursday 1 May in the Henry VIII Hotel, Bayswater and the theme for the day will be the use of Gsharp as a graph-on-demand graphics engine for the World Wide Web. Further details will be available through the UUUG Web pages as they are confirmed.

AVS/Express Developers Workshop

This event is aimed at AVS/Express developers who already have some experience of the product. The object of the workshop is to allow AVS/Express users to exchange ideas and information in an informal setting. The emphasis will be almost entirely technical, with an emphasis on 'best practice' and problem solving for achieving optimal results with Express.

Moving to Viz/Express

The aim of this one day seminar session is to inform users of the new release of AVS/Express - Visualization Edition and provide some support lectures on the new features. The issues of migrating from AVS5 to AVS/Express will also be covered by some of the presentations. The day will end with a Q&A session featuring some of the AVS staff on the panel.

UNIRAS and AVS Annual UK User Group Conference 1997

The 1997 annual conference is being held at the University of Birmingham Conference Park on the 17 and 18 of November 1997. The conference is aimed at AVS and UNIRAS users from both industry and higher education and will be a valuable opportunity to find out about new developments to the products and to exchange experiences with other users. The conference will run from mid-morning on the 17 November to mid-afternoon on the 18 November and include the conference dinner in the Conference Park. We envisage that the conference will consist of papers with demonstrations of hardware and software in an adjoining room, maybe at the same time. Parallel streams of papers are not planned, however. The conference fee has yet to be finalised but is expected to be about £200 to include full catering and accommodation and all conference sessions.

The Conference Park is located very close to the University campus, about ten minutes drive from the centre of Birmingham. It is a short taxi ride from New Street station, which has good rail links with the rest of the UK and Birmingham International airport, and is also served by its own local station on the edge of the campus, so making the venue readily accessible by all modes of transport. Ample free parking is also available on the Conference Park. The conference will have exclusive use of Horton Grange, which was built during the early years of this century as an Edwardian-style gentleman's residence standing in its own attractive and peaceful grounds within the Conference Park. It has its own bar and Conservatory Dining Room with 32 modern and highly-specified en-suite bedrooms in the adjacent North and South Wings.

Further details of this conference will be announced in future issues of G&V and will be available on the User Group WWW pages at or from the local organiser Paul Hatton (e-mail:, tel: +44 (0)121 414 3994).

Malcolm Austen