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From household to global: simulating national infrastructure to inform decision-making, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 18 April 2018
  • 10:00 - 16:00
From household to global: simulating national infrastructure to inform decision-making, London

About this event

ITRC-MISTRAL’s unique approach is already changing the way that governments and businesses approach infrastructure investment. This event will use examples from the around the world to show how these changes can transform decision-making.

  • Understanding risk & resilience implications of interdependent infrastructure
  • Using infrastructure to drive economic development
  • Assessing the costs of 5G roll-out scenarios
  • Building a picture of household-level infrastructure demand
  • Assessing the impacts of policy interventions in road transport
  • Infrastructure and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Who should attend?

  • National and local infrastructure planning professionals
  • Infrastructure providers in energy, transport, telecommunications, water and waste management
  • Policy makers and planners working in these sectors
  • Infrastructure analysts and researchers
  • Finance and investment specialists
  • Business consultants, risk analysts



The morning programme will provide a series of short, high-level briefings on how ITRC-MISTRAL’s research is being used in government and businesses. These demonstrate how ITRC-MISTRAL, including its National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD), is changing the way we approach infrastructure investment.


Keynote presentation

James Stewart, Vice Chair – Industrial Strategy, geo-politics & Brexit at KPMG/ITRC-MISTRAL Client Group
Planning infrastructure investment in a changing world

James Stewart will provide a global picture, including the link to Sustainable Development Goals, looking at the impact of technology and changing consumer behaviour; and creating alignment between payers, financiers and beneficiaries.

Jim Hall – ITRC-MISTRAL Programme lead, University of Oxford
Introduction to ITRC-MISTRAL


Stuart Barr, Newcastle University & Nik Lomax, University of Leeds
Population, micro-simulation, household attribution, and energy demand
How computer models of household structure and building stock can be used for improved understanding of infrastructure demand

Stuart Barr, Newcastle University
A ‘Big Data’ database approach for the storage, management and analysis of national infrastructure data in the UK

Simon Blainey, University of Southampton
NISMOD national transport model
Road network capabilities – modelling the impacts of intervention & interdependencies with other infrastructure systems

Edward Oughton, University of Cambridge
Towards 5G
Assessing the capacity, coverage and cost implications of future mobile telecommunications infrastructure 

Scott Thacker, United Nations Office for Project Services & University of Oxford
Transforming national infrastructure choices worldwide
How national infrastructure systems modelling is being used to support evidenced-based infrastructure development in a variety of countries and contexts


The afternoon programme will be an opportunity to scrutinise the models and tools in depth, with ITRC’s research team as your guides through interactive sessions, visualisations and posters. More sessions will be added here as details are finalised.

Demonstrations and visualisations
A generic framework for modelling and visualising national infrastructure assessment
Demonstration of the National Infrastructure Model for International Contexts (NISMOD-Int)

Population and buildings: NISMOD-DB++ in action
A visualisation will show the process of creating a household-level picture of demand for infrastructure services in the UK, and exploring the infrastructure interdependencies. There will also be the opportunity to take a closer look at how NISMOD-DB++ is able to deliver this capability.

Road traffic – modelling the impacts of policy
This session will demonstrate the NISMOD v2 road traffic model on an area in South East England: including the impacts of policy interventions (congestion charging, building road infrastructure) on vehicle demand, inter-zonal travel times and road capacity utilisation.

Risk and resilience from local to global
Infrastructure systems are interconnected, so disruption in one system can have significant impacts on others. We will show local disruption of the electricity grid can have impacts on multiple infrastructures across local, national, and global scales. We will also show how different recovery approaches can create different effects.

Future demand for mobile telecommunications: comparing and costing 5G infrastructure deployment strategies
This session will explore how ITRC-MISTRAL’s modelling of future demand, technology and costings can inform government and industry.


Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Kay Jenkinson

e: kay.jenkinson@ouce.ox.ac.uk