New phase of development for climate resilience prototype

The Climate Resilience Demonstrator has entered a new phase of development to continue investigating the use of connected data to combat the effects of extreme weather events.

The Connected Places Catapult has announced that Computational Modelling Cambridge Ltd (CMCL) will be the development partner for the team of collaborators developing the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) – a connected digital twin demonstrator across the critical infrastructure network to build climate resilience. CMCL will use semantic knowledge graph technology to help build core functionality to support cross-sector data sharing, system-wide impact modelling and decision support.

Dr Amit Bhave, CEO of CMCL, said:

“Given the growing interest and attention towards data sharing and connected digital twins, we are thrilled to be selected for this highly competitive opportunity to contribute to the next phase of CReDo. The programme is strongly aligned with CMCL’s strategic priority of enabling cross-sector interoperability.”

The CReDo team will continue its work with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), through the Hartree Centre and the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI), who will provide the project with crucial data and cybersecurity expertise and provide secure hosting for the system.

The contracts signify the start of a new six-month work programme for CReDo and infrastructure collaborators Anglian Water, UK Power Networks and BT, in combining data and insights across sectoral and organisational boundaries – to improve coordination of operational and investment decisions, mitigate the effect of flooding on network performance, and ensure reliable service delivery to customers.

CReDo looks specifically at the impact of flooding caused by climate change on energy, water and telecoms networks, but its longer-term aim is to capture new sectors to realise an integrated infrastructure innovation ecosystem that delivers an even greater level of resilience.

Professor Kate Royse, Director, STFC Hartree Centre said:

 “Trying to predict and mitigate the effects of climate change when you can only see a small part of the bigger picture is almost impossible, therefore connected data is the key to building climate resilience. We’re excited to be continuing our collaboration with the network of CReDo partners by providing our data science expertise to explore how to work across sectors and systems to address climate change challenges.”

STFC Scientific Computing’s Dr Brian Matthews, who leads DAFNI, said:

 “I am delighted to continue to work with the innovative CReDo partnership. Using the secure collaboration space that DAFNI provides, the CReDo partners can work together and share data safely, and so explore the impact of floods on our vital utility networks. This digital twin will help partners to provide rapid responses to emergencies and inform planning decisions, and so it will enhance the resilience of our society as we face the challenges of extreme weather as a result of climate change.”

The first phase of CReDo was funded by a collaboration between UKRI, Connected Places Catapult and the Centre for Digital Built Britain. Connected Places Catapult has taken over as lead organisation for this next stage of development.

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