This investment will enable unprecedented understanding of complex cities and infrastructures to inform planning, design and management. Coupled with better data from sensors and the urban observatories this investment will produce more rapid and more reliable predictions of the impact of options in infrastructure investment across and between all infrastructure sectors. Building on a considerable investment already made by RCUK in modelling tools and expertise, this investment accelerates the exploitation of that expertise into commercial organisations. This will enable further de-risking of all large scale infrastructure investments.
Investment in nationally-coordinated database, modelling, simulation, visualisation and big data facilities, centred around a series of advanced hardware hubs.