Jonny Wilson

How the DAFNI platform supports water modelling in the UK

At the DAFNI Conference 2022, Dr Jonny Wilson, Water Resources Modelling Lead at The Environment Agency, introduced an ambitious national scale water modelling project involving regulators, academic researchers and consultants.

The collaboration and modelling for the National Systems Simulation Modelling is taking place on DAFNI and allows the team to collaborate virtually, streamline workflows, avoid duplication of data storage, and run multiple scenarios in a much more efficient way.

Jonny wilson

Jonny Wilson

EnergyFlex model

A flexible approach to local energy modelling

At the DAFNI Conference 2022, Dr André Neto-Bradley introduced EnergyFlex, a microsimulation model that uses public data to synthetise a representative housing stock for any local authority, and allows users to estimate energy efficiency and characteristics of the housing stock in the area.

The model has been run using DAFNI and the outputs can be used to locally tailor and target energy efficiency and decarbonisation efforts.

Andre Paul Neto-Bradley

André Neto-Bradley 


DAFNI Conference 2022 showcases environmental impacts

At this year’s DAFNI Conference on 5th July 2022, we welcomed the return of in-person meetings with a cohort of up to 70 delegates at our Manchester University venue, complemented by just under 100 online delegates who joined from around the world via Zoom.

The conference theme of ‘environmental impacts’ highlighted the Data & Analytics Platform for National Infrastructure’s pivotal role in climate related and infrastructure projects.

Catherine Dhanjal

Catherine Dhanjal

Power Lines

Infrastructure must improve people’s way of life

On 25th February the Oxford Martin School hosted the latest in their enthralling series of events on ‘building back better’ post-Covid.

Focusing this time on infrastructure’s role, Professor Jim Hall, chair of DAFNI governance board and Sir John Armitt of the National Infrastructure Commission held an incredibly impressive and wide-ranging conversation on the UK’s infrastructure systems, the goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions, and the government’s commitment to levelling up in terms of geographical and social inequalities.

Fergus McClean

Jim Hall

Road sign flooding

Fergus McClean, Newcastle University

In a special interview Fergus McClean shares his experience of using DAFNI. He is a research associate at Newcastle University working on surface water flood modelling as part of a UK Climate Resilience Programme funded project called Open Climate Impact Framework (OpenCLIM). He also works on flooding-related projects around the world, including in Uganda (Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience) and Malaysia (Techno-Economic framework for Resilient and Sustainable Electrification). His research focus is on flood impacts and model sensitivity analysis.

Fergus McClean

Fergus McClean


ITRC’s NISMOD moves on to DAFNI’S next-generation computing platform, ushering  in an exiting new phase of collaboration and development

Catherine Dhanjal writes about the importance of  NISMOD moving onto DAFNI and the highlights of the event on 21st January 2021 that celebrated it.

Catherine Dhanjal

Catherine Dhanjal

smart city

Craig Robson, Newcastle University

Super user Craig Robson’s experiences of using DAFNI

Craig Robson writes about his experience of using DAFNI. He is a Research Associate of the School of Engineering at the Newcastle University. He has worked across a range of projects related to complex networks, infrastructure network resilience, spatial data management and data visualisation. Awarded a PhD in 2017 from Newcastle University entitled ‘Robustness of Hierarchical Spatial Critical Infrastructure Networks’, focused on the resilience of critical spatial infrastructures to geographic hazards, developing the required analytical methods and associated data management architectures.

Craig Robson

Craig Robson

graph an data visualisation

DAFNI Champion – Juste Raimbault, UCL

Preventing disease spread on public transport

Juste is based at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL) and his work as a Champion for DAFNI involves integrating the MATSim multi-agent transport simulation framework into DAFNI. He will develop the MATSim model to apply it to the current Covid crisis, using the EpiSim model to add pandemic indicators to travel indicators and to model them on DAFNI.

His aim is to have a generic multimodal transport model which can be applied to any UK city. Ultimately, he aims to use the EpiSim variant of MATSim to integrate epidemiological indicators into the transport system modelling, enabling users to test policies and interventions to limit disease spread on public transport.

Juste Raimbault

DAFNI Champion – Simon Jude, Cranfield University

DAFNI’s interaction with the Cranfield Living Laboratory and Urban Observatory

Simon is based at Cranfield University, in the School of Water, Energy and Environment. Within that theme he’s based in the Centre for Environmental and Agri-informatics where he leads a group focusing on risk and decision making.

He also leads Cranfield’s Urban Observatory, which is somewhat unusual in that it’s in a rural location and is a self-contained microcosm of a city with its own airport, and infrastructure, including a water treatment plant and solar farm.

His work as a DAFNI Champion involves developing a pilot Digital Twin using DAFNI to link real-time and near real-time water quality data from Cranfield Urban Observatory and the National Water and Water Treatment Test Facility.

Simon Jude

DAFNI Champion – Adrian Hickford, University of Southampton

Adrian Hickford explains the scope of his work as a DAFNI champion.

Adrian Hickford

DAFNI Champion – Lauren McMillan, UCL

Lauren McMillan explains the scope of her work as a DAFNI champion.

Lauren McMillan

DAFNI Champion – Andrey Postnikov, UCL

Andrey Postnikov explains the scope of his work as a DAFNI champion.

Andrey Postnikov

DAFNI Champion – Cristian Genes, University of Sheffield

Cristian Genes explains the scope of his work as a DAFNI champion.

Cristian Genes 

Meet the DAFNI Champions

Marion Samler, Partnership Manager, introduces the DAFNI champions programme.

Marion Samler

Marion Samler

The DAFNI platform now has over 2PB of storage

James Hannah, DAFNI Linux Systems and Service Manager, explains what hardware has been procured for DAFNI

James Hannah

What you can do on DAFNI

Tom Gowland, DAFNI Pilot Lead and Software Engineer, explains what can be done on DAFNI

Tom Gowland

DAFNI’s data roadmap

Noel Vizcaino, DAFNI’s research software engineer, explains the strategy behind DAFNI’s data roadmap

Noel Vizcaino

Introducing DAFNI’s Security Service

Pete Feeney, DAFNI’s security engineer, explains why security is at the heart of DAFNI.

Pete Feeney

Automated demand forecasting model for new local train stations

Dr Simon Blainey, Associate Professor in Transportation at the University of Southampton, explains how this new model makes demand forecasting faster, cheaper and more accurate.

Dr Simon Blainey

Interested in collaborating with DAFNI?

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