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 Newsletter - March 2020
Brian Matthews, DAFNI Project Leader, provides an update on the progress of the facility.
Announcement of opportunity: Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) Champions
The Science and Technology Research Council (STFC) are inviting application for the role of Champions for DAFNI.
DAFNI collaboration with UK’s Urban Observatories brings environmental benefits
With the growing demand for greener, environmentally-efficient towns and cities and the infrastructure on which they are designed and built, researchers are joining forces to find ways to make life easier for planners and policy makers.
DAFNI invites collaboration to reduce air pollution in our cities
We have an ever-increasing awareness that human actions have vast impacts on our planet, and so we cannot plan any major infrastructure projects without also considering the implications for the environment.
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