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Bromley Technologies to provide expert analysis of the Whistler Olympic Sliding Centre Track

posted 18 May 2011, 00:34 by RiDO Rotherham
Bromley Technologies Ltd is to be part of an international project which will undertake a trajectory study of the Whistler Sliding Centre track, in British Columbia, Canada.

The study will be the first of its kind in the world of sliding sports. It will include a three-dimensional scan of the track, trajectory modeling, a design audit, safety audit and retrospective study of in-track incidents.

The Bromley Technologies’ engineers, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, will simulate the sliding path of sleds for all sliding disciplines including Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton down the one mile Whistler Olympic track. Over the last ten years the company has developed sophisticated mathematical modelling techniques and software simulation programmes that it will use to deliver a vital component of the project. Bromley Technologies was chosen to be part of the project due to its applied understanding of the dynamics involved in the sliding sports, including sled technology, sport physics, virtual performance analysis, data acquisition and athlete driving/coaching.

Richard Bromley, Structural Dynamics and Systems Director at Bromley Technologies explains; “This project is a major milestone for the Bobsleigh sports. It is a pro-active programme aimed at enhancing the safety for all the sport’s athletes. We are delighted to be recognised as a world leader in our field and given the opportunity to be part of this project.”

The project is being led by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), on behalf of Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL), the new operator of the track which was the venue for the sliding sports during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“Experts in sport, construction, safety and trauma will study the track using the latest technologies and analysis techniques,” says Dr. Alex Zahavich, SAIT’s Director of Applied Research and Innovation Services. “The analysis will assist WSL in identifying whether any modifications could or should be made to the track to further ensure the safety of all users.”

Along with SAIT and Bromley Technologies Ltd, the consortium of experts includes; Terra Pacific Surveying, Design Dialog; the University of British Columbia, Synaptic Analysis Consulting Group, CAPE; and MacKenzie Consulting.

The technical analysis has been commissioned acting on a recommendation made in a BC Coroner’s report following the death of an athlete during the Olympic sliding competitions. The study is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2011.

Bromley Technologies is recognised as one of the world’s top professional Bobsleigh sports equipment providers and R&D specialists, and currently supplies the athletes of over 24 nations. This success has been realised through Bromley’s unique collaboration between sport, engineering, science and technology.