DAFNI launch

Jul 12, 2017

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.


DAFNI launch

DAFNI was formally launched 6 July 2017, at an event attended by over 90 participants from business, government and academia. Here you can find information about the programme and what was discussed.


Keynote speakers

Ian Osborne, Head of Complex Systems, KTN, Innovate UK


Scott Thacker, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Introduction to DAFNI

Jim Hall, DAFNI Project Lead, University of Oxford


Erica Yang, Head of Visual Analytics and Imaging Systems, Science & Technology Facilities Council


Stuart Barr, Geospatial Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle


DAFNI applications: quick introductions

David Wallom, University of Oxford

A responsive environment for collaboration.


Alex Wrottesley, Ordnance Survey

An accessible platform for DAFNI.


Stuart Barr, University of Newcastle

Bringing real-time data and integrating BIM in DAFNI.


Nik Lomax, University of Leeds

Customising outputs with DAFNI/SPENSER.


Tom Russell, University of Oxford

Open datasets for rapid assessments.


Simon Blainey, University of Southampton

Enhanced dynamic modelling with DAFNI.


Richard Milton & Michael Batty, University College London

Computational challenges addressed.


Keiron Roberts, University of Southampton

Assisting decision-making at a local level.


Philip Steadman & Paul Ruyssevelt, University College London

Understanding the complexity of buildings/premises.


Keynote speakers

Introduction to DAFNI

  • Jim Hall DAFNI Project Lead (University of Oxford)
  • Erica Yang Head of Visual Analytics and Imaging Systems (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
  • Stuart Barr Geospatial Systems Engineering (University of Newcastle)

DAFNI applications

Q&A panel session

  • James Stewart, KPMG
  • Scott Thacker, UNOPS
  • Ben Nduva, Ordnance Survey
  • Erica Yang, Science & Technology Facilities Council
  • David Wallom, University of Oxford
  • Stuart Barr, University of Newcastle
  • Panel session audience feedback (pdf, 190 KB)


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