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Engineering Glasgow’s Games

Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Ordnance Survey & ICE

The role of engineering in delivering infrastructure for Glasgow 2014 is highlighted in a new map and education resource produced by the The Institution of Civil Engineers and Ordnance Survey.

Glasgow is all geared up to host the Commonwealth Games this summer with new infrastructure in place to ensure spectacular sporting venues including the Hydro, Emirates Arena, the Velodrome and the Athletes’ Village are ready to see much of the action.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Ordnance Survey have combined forces to produce a detailed map of these and other engineering marvels around the city, creating a fantastic resource for schools that demonstrates the essential role of civil engineers in delivering major sporting events.

ICE Scotland director Sara Thiam said: “The Games have provided a fantastic showcase of engineering talent in Scotland and we hope the map will be an excellent tool for schools to encourage the next generation of engineers.”

One of the venues featured on the map is Hampden Park, which has had its surface raised by nearly two metres (in a process now known internationally as the ‘Glasgow solution’) to enable athletics events to be held in a stadium that wasn’t originally designed for that purpose - the largest raised stadium surface of its kind anywhere.

Watch the complete Hampden Athletics Build in 90 seconds:

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “The right infrastructure is vitally important to delivering an outstanding Games and there is a clear legacy benefit in being able to educate young people about the role of civil engineers in staging a major sporting event.

“The spectacular transformation of Hampden Park from iconic football stadium to world-class athletics venue is a pioneering solution and an achievement of which Glasgow and Scotland can be justifiably proud.”

Teachers can find this classroom resource, ‘Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ and more information about the map on the Game on Scotland website.

Further links:

ICE Scotland

Ordnance Survey

Legacy 2014


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