Alan Halford

Project title:

Weather models for evaluating impact of climate on telecommunications infrastructure

Partner Organisation:

BT (Openreach)

First Supervisor:

Dr David Brayshaw

Second Supervisor:

Dr Stefan Smith

Project description:

My project explores the effects of weather and climate on the telecommunication infrastructure in the UK.  I will be using statistical analysis to identity the weather causes of telecommunication faults using historical fault and meteorological data.  This will be used to develop statistical models of the impacts weather and climate has on telecommunication system fault rates.  Once the impact model is completed it will be applied to weather prediction models for probabilistic assessment of future fault rates for multiple different scenarios.  The information from is can be used by industry to better deploy resources to repair faults, perform preventative maintenance and account for long term changes in fault rates.

Project poster:

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Student profile:

I have always had a strong interest in the environment and the problems that can occur in it from modern human society.  During my undergraduate I focused my studies on atmospheric processes and chemistry.  After graduation I worked as an analytical chemist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for five years gaining a wider understanding of the environment.  In this time I realised that I wanted to study more and decided that I wanted to further my career by conducting research.  This is what has lead me to the EngD project I am currently undertaking.

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Why did you chose Reading:

The TSBE Centre and the EngD projects that it is offers appealed to me as they are more applied than normal PhD projects.  The taught element at the start of the project also appealed to me as it prepares you very well for the rest of your research project. 


  • MChem (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry from Lancaster University


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