Sophia, book co-author

The new book ‘Data Centre Essentials: Design, Construction, and Operation of Data Centres for the Non-expert’, co-authored by Sophia Flucker, will be published on the 17th of August 2023.

Data Centre Essentials is a comprehensive survey designed to provide those involved in the data centre industry without a technical background or deep sector experience with the essential principles of data centre design, construction and operation. The non-technical language and thorough engagement with key considerations make it ideal for any professional involved in, or interesting in engaging in, data centre projects.


Data Centre Essentials also covers:

  • An authorial team with decades of combined experience in engineering and construction consultancy
  • Detailed information about every stage, including securing investment and the building process
  • Working lexicon of key data centre terminology

Click here to pre-order it!

Upcoming events

Data Centre LIVE Virtual

Sophia Flucker participated in a panel at the virtual conference Data Centre LIVE Virtual: Disrupting Data, Cloud & 5G, which will take place on 17th of May.

Her session can now be watched here.

DCD > Connect | Madrid

Robert will be attending DCD > Connect | Madrid, which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of May at Eurostars Madrid Tower.

He will participate in the panel When will immersion cooling go from niche to scale?  on the 23rd at 18:45.

​Immersion cooling is offering the highest efficiency, but can it address those challenges for all kinds of Data Centers?​ ​Is the Data Center market ready to get in on the action? What are the modifications required? Is maintenance more difficult than air? What is the supporting infrastructure needed?

He will also present Data centres: the road to net zero on the 24th at 10:30am, which will explore the journey the industry is on to reduce its environmental impact.

Also on the 24th, he will be talking about DCD>Academy course Cooling Professional – Refrigeración de Data Centers, at 17h.

Click here to register for the event and to find more information.

Digital Infra Xchange, London

Sophia will participate in the panel Climate Neutral Design And Construction at Digital Infra Xchange on the 8th of June at the Tower Hotel, London. The panel, which will take place at 9:45am, will discuss the possibility of building truly carbon-zero digital infrastructure and how can operators combat embodied carbon in the construction phase and become truly climate neutral.

Click here to register and to access the full agenda of the event.

OI & MiCiM merger

Working together 
OI is pleased to announce their merger with MiCiM Ltd, a construction management service provider specialising in mission critical projects.

Complementary Services  
Our shared values and end-to-end services will enhance the ways we can support our clients in cost, reliability and environmental optimisation throughout the project cycle.

The collaborative relationship was formed when working together on several data centre projects.

We are excited about this new chapter and the opportunities this opens up for delivering high-quality services to our clients.
We are looking forward to building on our synergies, developing and extending our service offerings and growing the team to increase our impact in the market.

OI will continue to operate as normal with Sophia Flucker leading the team as Managing Director. She will also join MiCiM’s board as Technical Director.

For more information, please get in touch.

OI’s online course:

‘An Introduction to Data Centre Risk’ CIBSE CPD accredited, offers the only online course dedicated to assessing and analysing risk in the data centre.

Circular Economy publication

The significance of product design in the circular economy: A sustainable approach to the design of data centre equipment as demonstrated via the CEDaCI design case study, K. Kerwin, D. Andrews, B. Whitehead, N. Adibi, S. Lavandeira, Materials Today: Proceedings, Online: 30-04-2022



Free cooling in the UK

Exploiting free cooling in the UK through application of research and development


To evaluate the feasibility of retrofitting free cooling to a high resilience legacy design.


Evaluating meteorological data, a model was created to review different design options. Once the most favourable option was decided upon, OI continued their involvement through the installation and handover phases.

Result – £1 million/year saving

Significant operating cost savings, around £1 million per year, an exceptional result for a legacy data centre.