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Exploiting traffic data to improve asset management and citizen quality of life - Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad

This project builds on a tool developed by two Cambridge PhD students (cited below), that allows for the generation of high resolution geographical data heat maps. One can use these heat maps to solve optimisation problems relevant to the common citizen's everyday life.

The project will demonstrate how data sources such as the Google Maps API service can be used to generate insights that are visualised using colour-coded maps, which can be used as an effective decision-support tool. An example is a couple that is deciding on the best place to live: the presented maps will show the average commute times from any point of the city to their respective working places and other points of interest, clearly outlining how digital technologies can be used to improve citizens’ life in a tangible way. The map attached here shows the locations in New York yielding the least commuting time for one of the researchers in the project (who is planning a stay in Rutgers). 


We will also research how inter-dependency of critical infrastructures can be studied using transportation data. Concretely, we will link the effect of disruptions in lower-order assets to travel transportation times in private and public infrastructures. An example is how a failure of an infrastructure asset such a highway would impact the accessibility of a hospital.

Existent similar tools are non-scalable, lack good resolution and fail to connect the concept to asset management. Clear and trustworthy transportation time maps are also key to understand public servicing inequalities and inform future policy aiming to bridge this gap.


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Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.