DAFNI: Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

We’re part of a revolution in our ability to monitor, simulate and visualise national infrastructure systems. New data capabilities will provide unprecedented opportunities to innovate, transform infrastructure services and support the transition to a sustainable future.

DAFNI, the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure – is a critical next step in data analysis and discovery. This £8 million investment will provide massive secure data storage, awesome computer power and the next generation in systems visualisation.

DAFNI will provide opportunities for multiple benefits to research, infrastructure, planning and policy communities.

Have your say…

We’ve started a year-long consultation process to ensure that DAFNI’s capabilities can be applied to the management and development of infrastructure systems, so addressing the challenges our society is facing. We’ll be looking for feedback, comments and guidance to create a facility that will transform the way that infrastructure is delivered in the UK and globally. We will work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will enhance the UK economy.

There’ll be roadshows and other online platforms to give people working in the infrastructure sector the chance to get involved. More details will be added here as they become available.


DAFNI is being designed and delivered over the next four years, and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and is as a research facility is part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC). It will be developed by the Scientific and Technology Facilities Council at its Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, in partnership with the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, Ordnance Survey and the Science & Technology Facilities Council will lead a year-long consultation process to ensure that DAFNI is configured by providers and users to meet infrastructure needs national and globally.