As we look to the
future of climate change, infrastructure planning improvements are
essential to minimise disruption to vital public services during periods
of extreme weather. From medical equipment losing power to an emergency
service call operator losing contact, in the most extreme examples a
delay of even a few minutes could be devastating. To keep people safe
and ensure reliable services are maintained, connected data and virtual
modelling could make a big difference.
create the first digital twin of its kind in the UK, the Hartree Centre
worked with the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) as part of a
larger consortium to investigate how connected data across weather,
water, energy and telecoms systems could provide access to the right
information at the right time to improve adaptation and resilience.
Using the Hartree Centre’s data engineering leadership, the project
specifically explored the effects of flooding caused by extreme weather,
connecting data from the different sectors to create the Climate
Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo). The digital twin proof-of-concept
demonstrates how infrastructure operators can use secure, resilient
information sharing across sector boundaries to mitigate the effect of
flooding on performance and service delivery to customers.
the potential to reduce disruption and ensure public safety in extreme
weather, CReDo demonstrates how infrastructure operators could also
benefit from connected digital twins. Having digital predictions
available enables companies to speed up the decision-making process,
reducing the cost and time taken to resolve disruption. Connected
digital twins are an important part of achieving climate resilience and
Net Zero, by creating efficiencies in systems that could prevent future
damage. Connected data can provide better insights and lead to improved
resilience of systems overall. CReDo provides a critical demonstration
of how interoperability between digital twins can unlock further value
for society and the UK economy.
"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. Connected data is the key."
Tom Collingwood, STFC Hartree Centre