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Super software to boost flooding resilience


An £8M software system is being designed to help the UK plan for extreme events such as flooding and severe power outages.

In a global first, the software will map the UK’s infrastructure across areas such as energy, transport and waste, allowing researchers to analyse assets’ resilience. It is part of a government scheme to boost infrastructure resilience in the UK.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) is being developed over four years in an Oxfordshire laboratory by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

A year-long, cross-industry consultation has begun to determine the best way for DAFNI to be designed and run, so the most useful applications are developed. At the same time, a pilot project has started on modelling energy systems.

“DAFNI will put the UK in a unique position to analyse the infrastructure systems upon which we all depend, helping to improve performance and pinpoint vulnerabilities,” said Oxford University principle investigator for the project Jim Hall.

“The future of our economy, society and environment depends on the right choices being made for energy and transport systems, digital communications, water supply and flood risk management. DAFNI will provide researchers and decision makers with unique capabilities to analyse system performance and make wise investments.”

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