Ice sports expert aids safety drive

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Advanced Manufacturing Park company Bromley Technologies has been called in to help improve safety on sled runs at the Olympic winter sports centre at Whistler in Canada.

The company’s engineers will use sophisticated mathematical modelling techniques it has developed to study Whistler’s ‘Olympic Sliding Centre Track’ which is used for Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Bobsleigh competitions.

The study is the first of its kind and will involve a three-dimensional scan of the track, trajectory modelling, design and safety audits and a study of past incidents on the track.

It was commissioned on the recommendation of a Canadian Coroner, investigating the death during an Olympic training run of Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili, a competitor in the Luge event.

Bromley Technologies was chosen to be one of the organisations involved in the project due to its understanding of the dynamics in sliding sports, including sled technology, sport physics, virtual performance analysis, data acquisition and coaching.

Structural dynamics and systems director Richard Bromley said: “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, on behalf of Whistler Sport Legacies, which is the new operator of the track used during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.