Environmental Impacts

The Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) was officially launched in July 2021 and is fast growing its community of researchers whose primary focus is delivering insights on how we can improve our everyday infrastructure.

The theme of this conference is Environmental Impacts. We want to share with you all the research that our community is involved in, particularly looking at climate adaptation and developing a greater understanding of how we might influence the path of climate change.

DAFNI’s initial project stage was funded by EPSRC as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities, and in July 2021 we were delighted to receive continuation funding from EPSRC as part of their Resource Only Strategic Equipment (ROSE).

Ticket information:

This is a hybrid event – you can join virtually or in-person.

The virtual event is free and you will receive a link 2 days before the webinar 

The in-person event is at the Barnes Wallis Building, University of Manchester and tickets are £50 for the full day of talks, networking, lunch and refreshments.

Speakers

 

Professor Jim Hall
DAFNI Governance Board chair, University of Oxford

Update on research on DAFNI

Bran Matthews

Dr Brian Matthews
DAFNI Project Lead, STFC

How R.O.S.E is shaping the DAFNI Facility

Robert Nicholls

Professor Robert Nicholls
Director, Tyndall Centre

The OpenCLIM Project and how it is supporting climate adaptation

David Topping

Professor David Topping
University of Manchester

NERC’s Digital Solutions Hub Programme

Richard Kingston

Professor Richard Kingston
University of Manchester 

NERC’s Digital Solutions Hub Programme

Jens Jensen

Dr Jens Jensen
Scientific Computing Department

CReDo – CDBB’s digital demonstrator and how DAFNI supported this

Professor Liz Varga
Head of UCL’s Infrastructure Systems Institute

Digital Twins – digital twin shipping solution

Ruchi Choudhary

Professor Ruchi Choudhary
University of Cambridge

A flexible Approach to Energy

Marion Samler

Marion Samler
DAFNI, STFC
Partnership Manager

Agenda

09:00 Arrival – Breakfast networking
09:30 Welcome and introduction to the DAFNI facility
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
09:50 Keynote: The future of modelling in support of infrastructure decisions
Professor Jim Hall, new Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission
Session 1: DAFNI is supporting research to understand Environmental Impacts: OpenCLIM and Water modelling projects
10:20 The OpenCLIM project: Supporting future risk and adaptation assessments, for future Climate Change Risk Assessments and the National Adaptation Programme 
Professor Robert Nicholls, Director of the Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia [virtual]  
10:35 Practical application of OpenClim modelling on DAFNI 
Dr Craig Robson, Research Associate, University of Newcastle
10:50 How DAFNI’s platform is supporting water modelling in the UK
Jonathan Robertson, Water Resources Officer, The Environment Agency
11:05 Refreshments and networking
11:25 NERC’s Digital Solutions Hub Programme
Professor David Topping and/or Professor Richard Kingston, University of Manchester
11:40 Panel Session
Led by Professor Stephen Hallet, Cranfield University
Professor Jim Hall, new Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
Dr Craig Robson, Research Associate, University of Newcastle
Jonny Wilson, Environmental Agency 
Professor Richard Kingston, University of Manchester
12:10

Networking lunch, poster session and exhibition

13:30 Welcome back and introducing the afternoon 
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
13:35 Keynote: Future of Digital Twins – CDBB and Connected places Catapult
Mark Enzer, OBE, Strategic Advisor, Mott MacDonald and Digital Director at the Centre for Digital Built Britain 
1:55
Q&A session
Session 2: How is DAFNI Supporting Research
14:10 UKCRIC Facilities
Dr Tom Dolan, UCL 
14:25 Pyramid Flood Risk modelling on DAFNI
Dr Robin Wardle Pyramid Project – Flood Risk 
14:40 Shipping Digital Twin
Professor Liz Varga, UCL
14:55 Refreshments and networking
15:15 CReDoClimate Flood Resilience Digital Twin
Dr Jens Jensen, Scientific Computing, STFC 
15:10 A flexible Approach to Energy modelling
Dr André Paul Neto-Bradley Senior Energy Advisor, BEIS
15:45 Panel session
Led by Professor Liz Varga
Mark Enzer, OBE, Strategic Advisor, Mott MacDonald
Dr Tom Dolan, UKCRIC Senior Research Fellow, UCL
Dr Robin Wardle Pyramid Project – Flood Risk
Dr Jens Jensen, Scientific Computing, STFC
Dr André Paul Neto-Bradley Senior Energy Advisor, BEIS
16:15 Closing remarks 
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
16:30 Close of Conference

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