The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has launched an open international ideas contest to create a ‘digital twin’ of Bristol
Open to multidisciplinary teams of students, academics and professionals – the competition seeks innovative proposals for a new digital model of Bristol which could be used to help infrastructure planning across the UK in the future.
Submissions may recreate any element of the city – such as local bus routes, energy usage or waste collections – and participants will be invited to present their ideas to a judging panel at the Bristol Data Dome (pictured) on 11 October.
NIC chair Andrew 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.’
Launched two years ago, the NIC is an independent adviser to the government on infrastructure policy and strategy which relies on cross-party support. Commissioners include dRMM founding director Sadie Morgan.
Key NIC recommendations so far have included development of the East West Rail project and the planned £3.5 billion Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. Last month Fletcher Priest Architects and Mae were named among four teams shortlisted in an NIC contest to boost sustainable development within the UK’s Cambridge-to-Oxford growth corridor.
The latest competition is part of a larger NIC study into the potential for digital technologies – including artificial intelligence – to improve the productivity of the nation’s infrastructure.
Judges will include representatives of Innovate UK, the Alan Turing Institute, Ordnance Survey, the UKCRIC (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities) network and the NIC.
Following a judging session with finalists on 17 October an overall winner will be announced during the Bristol Festival of the Future City on 19 October. The first place team will work with NIC to expand their model to cover the entire country.
The registration deadline is 22 September and submissions must be completed by 6 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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