Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure to advance UK infrastructure research

Why is DAFNI needed?

The UK’s National Infrastructure Plan has set aside over £460 billion of investment for the next decade. However, it is not yet known what effect the investment will have on the quality and reliability of national infrastructure services, economic productivity, the resilience of society or its impacts upon the environment. This uncertainty exists as a result of the inherent complexity of infrastructure systems (energy, transport, digital communications, water etc.) and their interactions with people and the environment.

DAFNI represents an £8 million investment from the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) to provide world leading infrastructure systems research capabilities and enhance the quality of outputs. DAFNI will improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of infrastructure through better sharing and use of data, exploitation of simulation and optimization techniques, and engagement with stakeholders through visualisation.

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DAFNI will deliver…

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Compute capability

A facility to provide compute capability to carry out large scale analysis, enabling potential reductions in run times for models and so bringing time savings to projects.

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Data access

Access to massive amounts of infrastructure data e.g. real-time data from cities through UKCRIC’s other research strands and many other datasets from government and industry.

Specialised software tooling

Access to specialised software tooling to support data processing, execution and creation of both single and multi-component models to enable simulation of real events and insight generation from results e.g. real-time flood modelling and impact assessment

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Novel ways of visualisation

Access to novel ways of visualising results to help influence decision makers when making investment decisions.

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Resilience factors

Mechanisms to consider wider factors e.g. resilience planning, air quality impacts, and environmental well-being.

Interested in collaborating with DAFNI?

If you would be interested in using DAFNI, would like to access Data on DAFNI or involve us in a new project, we would like to hear from you.  Please complete your details on the contact form using the link and we will be in contact with you by email.