Simulating national infrastructure to inform decision making: from households to the globe

18 April 2018

Institution of Civil Engineers, London

The ITRC-MISTRAL research programme has arrived at a critical milestone in the development of infrastructure systems analysis. During its first five years, ITRC developed NISMOD, the UK’s first National Infrastructure Systems MODel, integrating energy, transport, digital, water and waste systems analysis.

Since 2016, the MISTRAL programme has extended ITRC’s work to the scale of local communities and buildings, representing innovation in the infrastructure services upon which they depend. Meanwhile we pioneered the analysis of global infrastructure networks that service the global economy.

ITRC is recognised as a global leader in infrastructure systems analysis, with our methods being applied in a growing number of countries internationally.

Our vision for the MISTRAL, of multi-scale infrastructure analytics, which harnesses big data, computing and visualisations, from the household to the whole world, is coming into sight.

As we approach the midpoint of the MISTRAL programme, we will showcase ITRC’s latest research, with examples of how the models, methods, tools and datasets are being applied in the UK and internationally.


The morning programme will provide a series of high-level briefings on the research and its implications for government and businesses. James Stewart, Vice Chair – Industrial Strategy, geo-politics & Brexit at KPMG and, a member of ITRC-MISTRAL’s Client Group, will open the day with a keynote presentation.

  • The afternoon programme will be an opportunity to scrutinise the models and tools in depth, with ITRC’s research team as your guides through interactive sessions, visualisations and posters. For example,
  • Modelling population, housing and energy demand
  • Transport – road-user charging, road building
  • Telecommunications – modelling the UK’s 5G deployment
  • National infrastructure assessment in developing countries

Who should attend?

  • National and local infrastructure planning professionals
  • Infrastructure providers in energy, transport, telecommunications, water and waste management
  • Policy makers and planners working in these sectors
  • Infrastructure analysts and researchers
  • Finance and investment specialists
  • Business consultants, risk analysts