Adonis: help us create the UK’s first digital twin

Published: 5 Sep 2017

By: NIC

Tagged:

Image of the UK showing digital connectivity

Bristol may soon have its own ‘digital twin’ – a first for the UK – through a new competition launched today by Lord Adonis.

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission issued a call to arms for students, academics and leading technology companies to enter a new Data Challenge, and see whether a digital model of the city – a digital twin – could be created and how it could be used.

Entrants can recreate any element of the city in digital form – whether local bus routes, energy usage or waste collections – so that it can be used to help map Bristol’s future infrastructure needs.

Teams must include people from a range of disciplines, whether students, academics, data scientists or infrastructure specialists, and have until 6 October to enter. They will then have the opportunity to present their proposals at the Bristol Data Dome, the only observatory of its kind in Europe.

Lord Adonis will be advised by an experienced panel of judges, including representatives of Innovate UK, the Alan Turing Institute, Ordnance Survey, the UKCRIC (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities) network and the National Infrastructure Commission.

The winner will be announced at the Bristol Festival of the Future City on 19 October, and will have the chance to work with the National Infrastructure Commission to see how their digital plans of Bristol can be further developed to create a digital twin of the whole of the UK.

Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis said:

“Britain should be leading the way in using the latest digital technologies to make the most of our infrastructure, and to plan for new projects.

“Our new Data Challenge is about asking the brightest and best to see how far this technology can take us, and what benefits it could bring.

“I look forward to seeing how teams create a model for Bristol which could be used to help plan and use infrastructure across the country.”

The Digital Twin Data Challenge forms a key part of the National Infrastructure Commission’s latest study, which examines how digital technologies including artificial intelligence can be used to improve the productivity of the nation’s infrastructure.

Notes to Editors:

The National Infrastructure Commission was established in 2015 to offer independent advice to Government on addressing the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs. The membership of the National Infrastructure Commission is:

  • Chair: Lord Adonis
  • Deputy Chair: Sir John Armitt CBE
  • Commissioners: Dame Kate Barker DBE; Professor Tim Besley CBE; Professor David Fisk CB; Andy Green; Dr Demis Hassabis; Professor Sadie Morgan; Julia Prescot, and Bridget Rosewell OBE
  1. Teams wishing to enter the Digital Twin Data Challenge need to register by 22 September – an entry form is available here. The deadline for submitting details of a Digital Twin is 6 October.
  2. Full details of the Data Challenge are available here
  3. The Data Challenge will be run by the National Infrastructure Commission, the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), Venture Fest and the Bristol Festival of the Future City.
  4. As well as the Data Challenge, the National Infrastructure Commission has launched a call for evidence as part of its study into New Technologies. The deadline for submissions is 15 September – details can be found here

Share this article

<

Recent Articles

Coming up in 2022
Thumbtack pins in calendar concept for busy, appointment and meeting reminder

Coming up in 2022

This page shows a calendar reflecting the latest expected dates for Commission reports, publications and events. You can also sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter by entering your email address in the box at the very foot of our homepage; or sign up to receive updates specifically on the programme for the second National...

22 Feb 2022 By
Armitt on drought resilience: fixing leaks, reducing demand, building supply
Dry soil and patchy grass

Armitt on drought resilience: fixing leaks, reducing demand, building supply

In a comment piece for The Times’ Red Box, Commission Chair Sir John Armitt today sets out steps to help reduce the risk of future severe drought in England. The piece, reproduced below, argues for further action on identifying leaks, expanding water metering and reducing consumer demand, and building new supply and transfer infrastructure. Sir...

8 Aug 2022 By
Commission hears from Bristol about city’s infrastructure priorities
Bristol Civic Centre

Commission hears from Bristol about city’s infrastructure priorities

Friday last week (22 July) saw Commissioners in Bristol for our fourth regional visit of the summer, meeting the city’s Mayor and local leaders and businesses, and local residents, to understand the city’s infrastructure challenges. After a one-to-one meeting, Sir John Armitt and the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees co-hosted a roundtable with representatives from...

25 Jul 2022 By
West Yorkshire leaders engage on region’s infrastructure goals
Leeds from the air

West Yorkshire leaders engage on region’s infrastructure goals

Yesterday (5 July) saw Commissioners up in Leeds for our third regional visit of the summer, meeting West Yorkshire leaders and businesses to better understand the city region’s infrastructure priorities. After a one-to-one meeting, Sir John Armitt and West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin co-hosted a roundtable with representatives from the combined authority, Leeds City Council,...

6 Jul 2022 By

Evidence_Icon_Turquoise Created with Sketch.

Explore data used in the Commission's research, and gain insights from across UK infrastructure

Join our team of professionals supporting the Commission to provide evidence based and forward thinking advice on infrastructure strategy.