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Global opportunities for infrastructure intelligence

Scott Thacker, United Nations Office for Project Services

DAFNI: Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure launch event

6 July 2017

We’ve started a year-long consultation process to ensure that DAFNI’s capabilities can be applied to the management and development of infrastructure systems, so addressing the challenges our society is facing. We’ll be looking for feedback, comments and guidance to create a facility that will transform the way that infrastructure is delivered in the UK and globally. We will work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will enhance the UK economy.

www.itrc.org.uk/dafni-data-and-analytics-facility-for-national-infrastructure/

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Global opportunities for infrastructure intelligence

  1. 1. Scott Thacker United Nations Office for Project Services DAFNI Kick-off Event, London, UK July 6th, 2017 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence
  2. 2. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 2 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence UNOPS Overview  Operational arm of the United Nations system  Our specialism is infrastructure delivery and implementation: - Procurement, project management and technical assistance  Value of services delivered in 2016: $1.4 billion USD  We have over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries  We focus on humanitarian, peacebuilding and development contexts
  3. 3. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 3 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Global Challenges  Equitable access to basic services  Sustainable resource management  Addressing climate change  Reducing natural disaster risk  International agreements - UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Paris Agreement - Sendai Framework
  4. 4. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 4 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Infrastructure for Sustainable Development  Infrastructure interventions can influence: - All 17 SDGs - Over 50% of the 244 SDG indicators
  5. 5. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 5 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence The Opportunity for Infrastructure Intelligence  Opportunity - To identify adaptable pathways to sustainable development - Large quantities of infrastructure still to be built [estimated $57 trillion 2013 – 2030]  Risk - Long-term lock-in to unstainable technologies and practices - Inaction  Solution - Evidence and intelligence required to harness this opportunity and avoid the risk › To underpins policy and business cases and provide confidence to investors
  6. 6. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 6 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Barriers to Deployment  Data - Limited availability - Non-standardised  Methodology - Country specific i.e. UK only - Not beyond national scale  Application and impact - The world is diverse - Communication is challenging
  7. 7. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 7 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Global Datasets
  8. 8. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 8 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Real Time Data
  9. 9. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 9 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Novel Data Extraction
  10. 10. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 10 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Infrastructure Intelligence
  11. 11. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 11 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence UNOPS: Evidence Based Infrastructure
  12. 12. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 12 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence ITRC-UNOPS: NISMOD-INT The assessment process The assessment platform
  13. 13. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 13 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence ITRC-UNOPS: Applications and Impacts Palestine Syria Curacao
  14. 14. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 14 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence UNOPS wish list for DAFNI  Openness to global opportunities  Global datasets - Trusted central repository  Methodologies - Transferable - Multi-scale  Rich contextual metadata for different countries/contexts - To complement quantitative modelling
  15. 15. Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org 15 Global Opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence Conclusions  Infrastructure is central for achieving sustainable development  The opportunity is reliant on evidence and intelligence  New datasets, methodologies and case studies are emerging  Still lots to be done… to satisfy the global need  With DAFNI, the UK can be at the forefront of realising this future
  16. 16. Thank you! Any questions? Scott Thacker: scott.thacker@ouce.ox.ac.uk | UNOPS Evidence Based Infrastructure: www.unops.org

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