Find out what's coming up in the new year from the NDTp's Climate Resilience Demonstrator project
In November the National Digital Twin programme’s Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) project launched a poignant short film and interactive app to showcase the need for and approach to connected digital twins. While the film tells the story of why resilience is so important to public safety and wellbeing in the climate emergency, the CReDo interactive app uses fictionalised data and a fictional series of storms to show how the forthcoming technical demonstrator could work in a decision-making context. Users of the app can make decisions and model the outcomes, viewing a visual dashboard powered by a digital twin to help them choose between the available options.
This is the kind of decision support that the technical programme for CReDo is attempting to demonstrate in the context of water, energy and telecomms networks. The project team is creating a technical demonstrator of a prototype connected digital twin, working with climate projection data, flood modelling, flood and site data, individual site impact modelling, and both intra- and inter-network impact cascades.
Everyone involved in the CReDo project, from the technical team to the asset owners, is aware that this is a small but important first step compared to the potential impact of connected digital twins to help us adapt to and mitigate the climate emergency. Speaking at the launch webinar, Matt Webb, head of enterprise data at UK Power Networks, said: “CReDo is just the start. It's that first small step into something that's going to be potentially huge and something that shouldn't have a defined end, because it's almost nebulous when you think about where it could go.” (Source: See the DT Hub Media Page for clips from the webinar.)
The demonstrator will be completed in early 2022, and a series of technical papers and executive summaries will follow. The project team will also share lessons learned, methodologies, software code and most importantly a report on the benefits and value of connected digital twins to our everyday lives. The project team will also present the highlights of the project and recommendations for the future in a public webinar in early March 2022.
The CReDo interactive app focused on the fictional Storm Ruby hitting Sunford City on the back of another storm, challenging the resilience of the city. As with the real-world back-to-back Storms Arwen and Barra, this storm caused the failure of infrastructure systems, putting lives at risk. Collaboration through connected digital twins is key to tackling climate change, so it is up to others to pick up the CReDo model and use it to create resilience in their own sectors. Keep up with CReDo and find out how you can take up this important work in your organisation on the Digital Twin Hub.
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
The National Digital Twin programme and partners produce a film and interactive app for COP26 showcasing the role of connected digital twins in adapting to the climate emergency
The National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) and partners on the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) are pleased to announce two exciting, public-facing outputs for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). A poignant short film, Tomorrow Today, shows clearly the essential role of infrastructure resilience in the climate emergency, and the interactive app allows users to explore how connected digital twins can help plan for better resilience. These will be launched at the CReDo COP26 webinar on 2nd November, 10:30-12:00.
Directed by BAFTA winning director Colin O’Toole (Cowboy Dave, 2018), Tomorrow Today tells the story of Arthur and his grandson Jack facing the unprecedented Storm Ruby, which has the potential to knock out multiple utility services and threaten lives. The film stars Paul Copley (Last Tango in Halifax, Downton Abbey), Sam Bottomley (Ladhood, Wolf Hall), the voice of Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman), and Hopi Grace (Time, Emmerdale) as Clara, the digital twin engineer. It has been produced by Crocodile Media in partnership with Little Monk Pictures. The film will premiere during COP26 and will be available to stream online from 2nd November on the Digital Twin Hub.
The interactive app, developed by the NDTp together with ESRI UK and in partnership with Mott MacDonald, introduces the fictional Sunford City. The city experiences a series of severe storms, driven by climate change, that cause a cascade of emergencies across the city and hamper the ability of utility networks to recover. Users can test different scenarios by using isolated digital twins versus connected digital twins to see how this enables them to make decisions to better protect the city. This demonstrates how connecting datasets and digital twins across organisations and sectors through the National Digital Twin is vital to future infrastructure resilience and is on the critical path to Net Zero.
Following the recent statement by the Environment Agency that ‘It is adapt or die’ when it comes to climate-driven flooding, CReDo’s outputs could not be more timely. We want the film and app to connect with everyone, from asset owners to the public, and remind them that lives are at stake. We need to build more resilience into our systems, and that takes collaboration. As Clara, the engineer in the film, says, ’We have the technology, we just need to share the data.’
Charles Kennelly, chief technical officer of Esri UK, says, “Esri UK is proud to be working with the CReDo project to highlight the essential role of connected digital twins in understanding and mitigating the climate crisis. Geospatial technology is foundational for linking disparate digital twins, helping understanding of climate data and enabling organisations to collaborate on complex projects. We believe that the film and demonstrator will have a significant impact on delegates at COP26.”
Rachel Boyd, Creative Director of Crocodile Media, says, “Crocodile is delighted to be working with the CReDo project. Our partnership with Little Monk Pictures has brought a wealth of world-class on- and off-screen talent to Tomorrow Today, harnessing the power of narrative storytelling to communicate the critical role of GIS Data & connected digital twins on the road to Net Zero. We’d like to thank Colin O’Toole and the Tomorrow Today cast & crew who made this possible. Climate change is the single biggest issue of our time and it’s been our privilege to work with the CReDo team & Esri UK to bring the film to COP 26.”
Friday, 01 October 2021
Three major UK utility providers form new partnership with the National Digital Twin Programme in critical step toward resilient infrastructure
The National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) is pleased to announce a first of its kind collaboration agreement with three major UK utility providers; Anglian Water, BT and UK Power Networks to work together on a Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo). This exciting collaboration between owners of infrastructure assets, researchers and innovators will apply the UK’s state of the art capabilities in systems engineering, digital asset management and modelling to the climate crisis to plan a more resilient built environment, keeping us all safer in the face of flooding and extreme weather.
Delivered through the government funded NDTp, CReDo will develop, for the first time in the UK, a digital twin across energy, water and telecoms networks to provide a practical example of how connected data can improve climate adaptation and resilience.
The CReDo project looks specifically at the impact of flooding caused by climate change on energy, water and telecoms networks. It demonstrates how those who own and operate them can use secure information sharing, across sector boundaries, to mitigate the effect of flooding on network performance and ensure reliable service delivery to customers.
Collaborating on CReDo are Anglian Water, BT and UK Power Networks, who will use their asset and operations data combined with environmental data to inform an increased level of infrastructure resilience.
The project will be delivered through a collaboration of research centres and industry partners; The Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Newcastle and Warwick will work alongside the Hartree Centre, DAFNI, Science and Technology Facilities Council, CMCL Innovations, the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence and Mott MacDonald. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Connected Places Catapult and the University of Cambridge.
Using an Information Management Framework (IMF) approach, which is being developed through the NDTp, CReDO will enable the partners to share data across a secure platform. CReDo will demonstrate the capability of the IMF approach to connect digital twins in a principled, scalable way to inform decision making in capital and operational planning, reducing the cost and disruptive impact of extreme weather events and increasing resilience. This collaborative project will demonstrate the potential of a National Digital Twin to deliver beneficial outcomes for people and the planet.
We are really excited for what we can deliver through CReDo: demonstration that connected digital twins can enable increased climate resilience and that collaboration across a team that spans industry, academia and government forms the pieces of the puzzle that unlock solutions to reaching net zero.
The NDTp and partners are excited to launch CReDo with a webinar for COP26 on 2nd November, 10:30-12. Join the panel of technical experts, asset owners and climate specialists to learn about the project and participate in the launch of a short film by BAFTA winning director Colin O’Toole, produced by Crocodile Media in partnership with Little Monk Pictures, and an interactive tool developed by ESRI UK in partnership with Mott MacDonald showing how connected digital twins create infrastructure resilience and are on the road to net zero.
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