A Place-Based Digital Twin for Transport Decarbonisation and a Climate Resilient Network: TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 Retrospective


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The DfTs strategic priorities include the decarbonisation of transport and improving network resilience to severe weather and flooding.

Slingshot Simulations’ CEO Robert Harwood joined us at TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 to demonstrate a cutting-edge commercially available solution – backed by funding direct from DfT and the Connected Places Catapult – that illustrates how strategic planners and operators can automatically access large amounts of previously disconnected mobility, environmental and regional data, combine this with analytics and simulation and enable rapid location based scenario evaluation of potential interventions to plan, prepare for and mitigate against the impacts of decarbonisation and climate events. Rob’s presentation showed us how this can be achieved faster, at substantially lower cost and with better, more holistic outcomes.

Populated with required data and embedded simulation capability, the solution overcomes the challenges of the data deluge and siloed analytics. Using a no-code, intuitive environment, the data and digital skills gap is addressed by enabling a more diverse set of users to access the technology.

For Slingshot’s subsequent hosted roundtable discussions, Rob was supported by Tech Strategist, Joe Leach.

Presentation highlights:

  • Speed is the imperative – Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General: “We urgently need every business, investor, city, state and region to walk the talk on their net zero promises. We cannot afford slow movers, fake movers or any form of greenwashing”;
  • Why rapid decision making is difficult and generating a consensus is often the main barrier to net zero implementation;
  • How do we quickly navigate complex and interdependent options such as energy mix, building regeneration, land use, transport controls, mobility mode shift, renewables, charge points, active travel and hydrogen?
  • Digital twins, A new approach – Identified as a strategic solution in the government’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030;
  • The critical challenges of data deluge, siloed analytics and simulation, and skills and resource gaps;
  • Addressing these challenges head on;
  • Case Studies – Using a digital twin to help DfT to decarbonise local transport and build resistance to flooding

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us at Nexus, University of Leeds, for the live in-person event on May 25th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Rob’s presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023

On May 25th we will be casting a spotlight over the North of England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.


   Leeds, UK

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