Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

DAFNI will become the National Platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis, infrastructure research and strategic thinking for the UK’s long term planning and investment needs.

The platform will support academic research that is aiming to provide the UK with a world leading infrastructure system that is more: efficient, reliable, resilient and affordable. It will achieve this by enabling the research community to conduct research that is able to generate new insights at a higher level of detail and accuracy than ever before.

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.

What will DAFNI be used for?

DAFNI will become the National Platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis; infrastructure research; and strategic thinking for the UK’s long term planning and investment needs. The platform will support academic research that is aiming to provide the UK with a world leading infrastructure system that is more: efficient, reliable, resilient and affordable. DAFNI will support big data analytics, simulation, modelling and visualisation.

What are the benefits of DAFNI? 

DAFNI will provide:

  1. a secure yet accessible National Infrastructure Database
  2. a new software platform to enable analysis, modelling and simulation of national infrastructure systems; and
  3. new remote and local visualisation facilities to enable access to and interpretation of the results by researchers and practitioners.

 

Who will be using DAFNI?

By 2020, DAFNI will enable essential research into services such as:

  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Digital communications
  • Water supply
  • Flood protection
  • Wastewater and solid waste collection
  • Treatment and disposal

Find out more 

www.dafni.ac.uk

info@dafni.ac.uk