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, was 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

The book was launched at a fantastic event hosted by Pinsent Masons with the opportunity of hearing the authors Vincent Fogarty and Sophia Flucker and collaborators Max SchulzeAndrew McMillan and Tom Glover sharing the ideas introduced in the book.

Click here to order it!

Women in Construction

The construction industry is one of the most male-dominated sectors and MiCiM & OI are committed to change this and create more gender equality within our organisation, with the hope this extends to the entire industry in time.

It is our ambition to have a 50/50 split of male and female employees and to become the employer of choice for females looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the construction industry. We understand this isn’t going to change overnight, but everything we do pushes us closer to our goal.

We’re delighted to be shortlisted by the Inspiring Women in Construction News and Engineering awards for ‘Excellence in Outreach’, a team nomination driven by the women in construction committee, Lisa Taylor and Alison Newell, and in Technical Excellence by our inspiring leader Sophia Flucker. We’re looking forward to attending the awards ceremony in October.

Sophia Flucker participated in a panel discussing the challenges, highlights and advice for those considering a career in engineering  and how more women can be inspired to consider engineering careers. You can see the links to the panel discussion below:

Advice for women in their engineering journey?”

The challenges you’ve faced.

What does it take to inspire more women?

A complete panel conversation”

Also, check out our Equality video where some of our team share how we’re trying to make changes to the industry.



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.