Bridging the gap between academic research, data analysis and strategic infrastructure planning
The UK's next generation platform to support the development of essential infrastructure services, revolutionising the UK's ability to adapt to a changing climate and technological landscape.
Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure
DAFNI is 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.
DAFNI will deliver...
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.
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.
Mechanisms to consider wider factors e.g. resilience planning, air quality impacts, and environmental well-being.
The launch of the DAFNI system represents a monumental milestone in developing the UK’s Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. With Climate change impacting our nation, it is now more important than ever to understand how we can better prepare the UK for extreme events. DAFNI will provide the UK with infrastructure data analysis and previously unseen levels of computer performance providing greater insights to inform policy decisions and therefore lead the world in our ability to prepare for these extreme events.
Prof. Jim Hall
Chair of DAFNI Governance Board
With all the latest news, events and publications discover more about DAFNI
DAFNI Conference showcases infrastructure modelling revolution
Highlights from our 2019 conference and find out why DAFNI matters to you whether you’re in academia, industry or government.
DAFNI takes pivotal role in shaping the development of Digital Twins
DAFNI team leader, Samuel Chorlton, takes a leading role in shaping the Digital Twin Hub (DT Hub) and will address the many challenges and opportunities it will encounter along the way.
DAFNI developers help form winning team at Geospatial Hackathon
Three members of STFC’s DAFNI development team journeyed to London on 12th February to take part in the two-day ‘Know Your Infrastructure Neighbours Hackathon’ hosted by the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) and Geospatial Commission.
Flooding in our cities – How the Newcastle Urban Observatory is preparing for a rainy day
With extreme weather events on the rise, DAFNI teams up with Newcastle’s Urban Observatory in initiating a new wave of flood defence planning.
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