About DISC

DISC, a Data driven Interactive Smart City decision support toolkit, is a collaborative project involving Birmingham City University (BCU), Birmingham City Council (BCC), Urbanetic and Future Cities Catapult (FCC). It aims to simplify complex decision making, informing policy and strategic service developments using unified data, and state of the art simulation and modelling.

DISC uses a physical and digital layer. The physical layer is modelled using Lego bricks and the digital layer consists of data infrastructure, intelligent capability and 3D visualisation. The data infrastructure will capture various types of data sources including open data, sensor, GIS, planning and services data sets. The data is consumed by the system through its intelligent layer using advanced machine learning, AI and analytical capabilities to apply behaviour models on data sets and represent the outcome in 3D visualisation models, showing the impact created through analytics. It will also project new behaviour patterns on the physical structure. The interactivity between the physical and digital layer is monitored through a camera. Users interact with the system through its physical structure, by moving the Lego bricks, this will trigger the camera to recognise the changes being made and re-configure the 3D model and the analytical statistics to represent the impact generated. The system also has the capability to learn from user interaction with the toolkit and, over time, inherit various environmental, live-ability, infrastructure, economical and energy models, which are proven to drive prosperity and economical impact for citizens, businesses and city regions. In summary, in the revolutionary age of industry 4.0, the DISC toolkit provides unique holistic digital creativity for the planning industry and the ability to forecast regeneration impacts pre and post implementation.



The project

This initial 12-month project will focus on two interrelated initiatives; High Speed 2 (specifically the Curzon Street Terminal) and the revival of the canals in Birmingham’s eastern corridor. The first use case to be completed within 12 months will be to model and simulate the environmental impact of the construction and operation of the Curzon Street HS2 terminal, in particular on those living and working in areas adjacent to the HS2 line. This will be extended, as a next step, to include the impact of the extended HS2 line through Birmingham’s eastern corridor.