Upcoming events

Construction News – Inspiring Women In Construction & Engineering Awards

On the 10th of October MiCiM will be attending the Inspiring Women Awards hosted by Construction News for the first time as nominees in two categories: our Technical Director, Sophia Flucker is nominated for Technical Excellence, and MiCiM as a company is nominated for Excellence in Outreach.

Check out the categories and other nominees here!

The event is focused on demonstrating the impact women have on the construction industry and looks to address the gender diversity the sector has available.

We’re excited to be shortlisted for the awards and very much look forward to celebrating whether we win or not, just to be in a room full of businesses that are trying to improve the face of construction by encouraging more women and gender diversity has to be positive and forward thinking to support those who are trying to make a difference.

Women in Construction

OI will be attending the Women in Construction Networking Event, sponsored by MiCiM for the 2nd year running, which will take place at the London Build Expo on the 16th of November at Olympia, London.

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.



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 attended DCD > Connect | Madrid on the 23rd and 24th of May at Eurostars Madrid Tower.

He participated in the panel When will immersion cooling go from niche to scale? 

​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 also presented Data centres: the road to net zero, which explored the journey the industry is on to reduce its environmental impact.

He also talked about DCD>Academy course Cooling Professional – Refrigeración de Data Centers.

Click here to find more information about the event.

Digital Infra Xchange, London

Sophia will participate in the panel Climate Neutral Design And Construction at Digital Infra Xchange on the 15th of June at America Square, London. The panel, which will take place at 14:35am, 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.

Sophia Flucker Interview

Sophia was interviewed before participating in the DCD Debate ‘Do we have the right metrics on efficiency and sustainability?’ at the event DCD Connect Madrid on 25th of May.

Click below to read the full interview, published in DCD España.


London Build 2022

Sophia participated in the panel “Breaking down Barriers” on November 16th  as part of the London Build event, which took place on 16th  and 17th of November at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.

We also attended the networking event ‘Women in Construction‘ sponsored by MiCiM, on the 17th.

10 years of OI!

OI is celebrating 10 years of optimising data centre reliability and energy performance!  We have worked with over 40 clients on over 100 projects across five continents and authored over 50 publications.

Thank you for your continuous support!

GreenSCIES wins Lightfoot medal!

The paper “GreenSCIES – Green Smart Community Integrated Energy Systems – Integration with Data Centres”, co-authored by Catarina Marques, Robert Tozer, Akos Revesz, Chris Dunham, Phil Jones, Rodrigo Matabuena, Carole Bond, Henrique Lagoeiro, Matt Wegner, Gareth Davies, and Graeme Maidment from LSBU, has been awarded the prestigious Kenneth Lightfoot medal of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR).

The GreenSCIES project aims to deliver low carbon, affordable energy through a novel smart energy system that connects flexible electricity demands to intermittent renewable energy sources. The results of the study show the feasibility of a 5th generation district mobility, power and heat network in the London Borough of Islington.


DCD Broadcast

The next generation of engineers are critical to take the data centre industry on to new heights, delivering on crucial agendas including sustainability and diversity.

Sophia Flucker along with other winners and finalists of the DCD>Awards Young Mission Critical Engineer participated on the Data Center Dynamics panel ‘Where next for the data center workforce? We ask the next generation’ the past 8th of March and it is now available to watch on demand.

In this panel they shared their journeys, experienced challenges and their aspirations and hopes for the future of the data centre sector.


iMasons IM100 Awards 2020

Sophia Flucker has won the Infrastructure Masons IM100 Award which recognises industry leaders for their contributions to the digital infrastructure sector!

The iMasons Awards recognise those who share commitments to:

  • Increase industry awareness
  • Enhance education opportunities
  • Champion diversity & inclusion
  • Inspire sustainability
  • Promote innovation and technical excellence

Congratulations Sophia!