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Introduction to the uk infrastructure transitions research consortium itrc

Introduction to the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium(ITRC)

Mr David Alderson

Newcastle University

19th July 2013

Itrc aim and ambition
ITRC Aim ConsortiumandAmbition

Aim: To develop and demonstrate a new generation of simulation models and tools to inform the analysis, planning and design of national infrastructure


  • Analysing the long term state of NI systems

  • Uncertainties e.g. in demand, economic conditions, costs, performance

  • The complexity of multiple governance arrangements and projects

  • The capacity of UK industry to compete in globalised markets for infrastructure services

Partners and stakeholders
Partners and stakeholders Consortium

Over 40 partners in industry and government:

  • Government departments, agencies and local authorities

  • Utility companies

  • Engineering and multi-disciplinary consultants

  • Contractors

  • Insurers

  • Research organisations and data providers

  • Engineering institutions

  • NGOs

Expert advisory group eag
Expert Advisory Group (EAG) Consortium

  • Colin Harris (Chair – independent)

  • Rosemary Albinson (BP)

  • Garry Bowditch (SMART Infrastructure Facility)

  • Theresa Brown (Sandia National Laboratories)

  • StephaneHallegatte (WorldBank, CIRED)

  • Geoffrey Hewings (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Margot Weijnen (TU Delft)

  • Marie-Pierre Whaley (Northumbrian Water)

  • Christopher White (EPSRC, LWEC)

Itrc work streams
ITRC ConsortiumWork Streams

  • Fast Track Analysis release – January 2013 (cycle 1)

  • Mid-Term Review – July 2013 (cycle 2 to be delivered January 2014)

    • Final report – Autumn 2015 (cycle 3)

National infrastructure database newcastle
National Infrastructure Database - Newcastle Consortium















ITRC spatial database comprises of 100’s layers organised into separate databases by sector.

Network database schema
Network Database Schema Consortium

Python wrapper



Ordnance Survey

Meridian Rail Network

3941 Nodes, 4434 Edges




  • Store, model, represent and analyse various regional and national-scale spatial networks

    • Robust storage solution for multi-scale data and networks

    • Attributed networks

    • Represent dependencies

    • Access to graph-theory based analyses and tools

    • Failure analysis

Some network visualisation tools
Some network visualisation tools… Consortium

Geographic view linked to topological view on the web (above)

View complex networks and their behaviour as failure models are applied, in real-time (above and right)

Work stream 1 and 4 integration newcastle
Work Stream 1 and 4 Integration Newcastle Consortium

Some ws1 4 tools
Some WS1/4 tools… Consortium

  • WS1 Demographics Data Viewer:

  • view data from multiple scenarios

    • - different levels of attractors/detractors

  • view UK-wide or disaggregated population pyramids

    • - disaggregated to government office regions / local area districts

  • projections extend to 2100

  • WS1 Economics Data Viewer:

  • view data from multiple scenarios

    • - 72 scenarios, different levels of population, world economic growth, fossil fuel price

  • view maps, charts/plots, time series