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Reference Number EP/N017064/1
Title MISTRAL: Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 5%;
Not Energy Related 90%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 30%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 100%
Principal Investigator Professor J (Jim ) Hall
No email address given
Environmental Change Institute
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 11 February 2016
End Date 31 May 2021
Duration 63 months
Total Grant Value £5,374,638
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles; Water
Region South East
Programme Energy : Energy, NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J (Jim ) Hall , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (99.985%)
  Other Investigator Prof NJ (Nick ) Eyre , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor W Powrie , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor JM (Jonathon ) Preston , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor RJ Nicholls , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr SP Blainey , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr S Barr , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Mr C Kilsby , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr J Wu , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor N (Nick ) Jenkins , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor M Birkin , Sch of Geography, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr D Farmer , Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor P Tyler , Land Economy, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Prof J (Jim ) Watson , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
Mr V Glenis , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Mr AC Ford , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Oxford (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Newcastle City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transport for Greater Manchester (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thames Water Utilities Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Environmental Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Network Rail Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Microsoft Research Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transport for London (0.000%)
Project Contact , Greater London Authority (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lloyd's Register (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institution of Mechanical Engineers (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ordnance Survey (0.000%)
Project Contact , Willis Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Black & Veatch (0.000%)
Project Contact , Volterra Consulting (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Costain Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Core Cities group (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Transport (DfT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , KPMG (0.000%)
Project Contact , Committee on Climate Change (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Research Partnership ERP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department of Energy & Climate Change (0.000%)
Project Contact , Future Cities Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Satellite Applications Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Improbable Worlds Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Infrastructure Ops Adaptation Forum (0.000%)
Project Contact , Analysys Mason Limited (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , GTE Carbon, Turkey (0.000%)
Project Contact , ARCC (0.000%)
Project Contact , ACCIONA S.A., Spain (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (0.000%)
Project Contact , Broadband Stakeholder Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , CH2M HILL United Kingdom (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shell Research B.V., The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Suez Environment Uk Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Power International (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, Dubai (0.000%)
Project Contact , JBA Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ofcom (0.000%)
Project Contact , TechUK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transport Systems Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zurich Global Corporate UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Infrastructure and Project Authority (0.000%)
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Abstract National infrastructure provides essential services to a modern economy: energy, transport, digital communications, water supply, flood protection, and waste water / solid waste collection, treatment and disposal. The OECD estimates that globally US$53 trillion of infrastructure investment will be needed by 2030. The UK's National Infrastructure Plan set out over 460 billion of investment in the next decade, but is not yet known what effect that investment will have on the quality and reliability of national infrastructure services, the size of the economy, the resilience of society or its impacts upon the environment. Such a gap in knowledge exists because of the sheer complexity of infrastructure networks and their interactions with people and the environment. That means that there is too much guesswork, and too many untested assumptions in the planning, appraisal and design of infrastructure, from European energy networks to local drainage systems.Our vision is for infrastructure decisions to be guided by systems analysis. When this vision is realised, decision makers will have access to, and visualisation of, information that tells them how all infrastructure systems are performing. They will have models that help to pinpoint vulnerabilities and quantify the risks of failure. They will be able to perform 'what-if' analysis of proposed investments and explore the effects of future uncertainties, such as population growth, new technologies and climate change.The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) is a consortium of seven UK universities, led by the University of Oxford, which has developed unique capability in infrastructure systems analysis, modelling and decision making. Thanks to an EPSRC Programme Grant (2011-2015) the ITRC has developed and demonstrated the world's first family of national infrastructure system models (NISMOD) for analysis and long-term planning of interdependent infrastructure systems. The research is already beng used by utility companies, engineering consultants, the Institution of Civil Engineers and many parts of the UK government, to analyse risks and inform billions of pounds worth of better infrastructure decisions. Infrastructure UK is now using NISMOD to analyse the National Infrastructure Plan.The aim of MISTRAL is to develop and demonstrate a highly integrated analytics capability to inform strategic infrastructure decision making across scales, from local to global. MISTRAL will thereby radically extend infrastructure systems analysis capability:- Downscale: from ITRC's pioneering representation of national networks to the UK's 25.7 million households and 5.2 million businesses, representing the infrastructure services they demand and the multi-scale networks through which these services are delivered.- Upscale: from the national perspective to incorporate global interconnections via telecommunications, transport and energy networks.- Across-scale: to other national settings outside the UK, where infrastructure needs are greatest and where systems analysis represents a huge business opportunity for UK engineering firms.These research challenges urgently need to be tackled because infrastructure systems are interconnected across scales and prolific technological innovation is now occurring that will exploit, or may threaten, that interconnectedness. MISTRAL will push the frontiers of system research in order to quantify these opportunities and risks, providing the evidence needed to plan, invest in and design modern, sustainable and resilient infrastructure services.Five years ago, proposing theory, methodology and network models that stretched from the household to the globe, and from the UK to different national contexts would not have been credible. Now the opportunity for multi-scale modelling is coming into sight, and ITRC, perhaps uniquely, has the capacity and ambition to take on that challenge in the MISTRAL programme.

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