The Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (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.


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 provide a novel tool kit for researchers to support large scale modelling and analysis.

DAFNI will deliver...

Computer 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.

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

Novel ways of visualisation

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

Resilience factors

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


Who can use the facility Functions/facilities available

Industry and Academic researchers (multi disciplines)  

Use of equipment; collaborative research and consultancy

Fellowships and PhD Studentships Use of equipment, study space
Charities, public bodies and public Collaborative research, events, community engagement


DAFNI is being developed through these five individual components


  • National Infrastructure Database

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  • National Infrastructure Modelling Service

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  • National Infrastructure Cloud Environment


  • National Infrastructure Visualisation Suite


  • Security Service

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Contact us

Contact Prof. Jim Hall, jim.hall@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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