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World's first computer model of an entire city

We are creating a digital twin of Newcastle upon Tyne for real-time resilience testing.

As reported in the Guardian and the local press, we are working with Northumbrian Water to create a computer replica of Newcastle.

The digital twin will collect data from across the city, mainly using Urban Observatory sensors. It will be used to test various emergency scenarios such as torrential rain and the consequent flooding.

It can also help to predict the effects of future change in, for example, city demographics. This could inform planning and provision of services, including social care, education, and transport.

Chris Kilsby, Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change in the School of Engineering, said "You can try lots of things with the twin that in the case of a city you are just are unable to do. I think of it as a replica that you can play with and do unimaginable things to see what would happen."

Working with Northumbrian Water

The digital twin expands the University's award-winning collaboration with Northumbrian Water: A Local Partnership for Global Innovation‌ (PDF: 519KB).

The National Green Infrastructure Facility‌ (PDF: 533KB) provides various experimental facilities to develop innovative integrated solutions for water infrastructure. Blue-Green Cities (PDF: 464KB) develops pioneering strategies for tackling urban flood risk.

Northumbrian Water is the industrial supervisor for our PhD students accepted on the 2018 cohort of the STREAM IDC.

Working with Siemens

We belong to the MindSphere Innovation Network. Siemens opened the exclusive MindSphere Lab in the Urban Sciences Building in 2018. Our work contributes to creating resilient cities.

Working across the University

We also collaborate with the Cyber-Physical Lab, based in the AMBER research group in the School of Computing.


Newcastle upon Tyne: river and bridges

published on: 2 January 2019