The ICE and Ordnance Survey last week published a map showcasing Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games infrastructure.
Scotland’s housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess launched the map, entitled “Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games”.
It will be hosted by Education Scotland on its Game On Scotland website, so primary and secondary school students can learn ab out the vital role of civil engineers in delivering major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games.
The map highlights the role of engineers in building or converting the venues, and in ensuring that Glasgow’s water, waste, energy and transport networks can accommodate the extra 1M visitors anticipated.
“The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has hosted, however, it’s about more than just sport. As this project demonstrates, the Games will provide a lasting legacy for several industries, and it is great that they are also being used to inspire young people into careers such as civil engineering,” said Burgess.
“The engineering element of delivering the infrastructure to host an event of this scale has been remarkable and I am also delighted to see the creation of 700 new homes in the impressive new low carbon athletes village, which will be the hub of a new, revitalised east end area.”
Projects include civil engineering firsts such as work to raise the playing surface at Hampden Park stadium by 2m so that the venue can accommodate an athletics track.
The playing surface was raised on 6,000 steel posts weighing over 1,000t and then covered by a specialist material to create a temporary world class athletics track.
It has now become known as “the Glasgow solution” and will allow future track and field events to be hosted in stadiums which are not purpose built.
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.”
ICE Scotland director Sara Thiam said: “We discovered many engineering innovations while conducting our research.
“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.”
The map also features articles about the creation of new venues such as the Hydro, Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Veledrome, and highlights important civil engineering works such as flooding management and waste treatment.
“Some people say that a picture paints a thousand words, but at Ordnance Survey we believe a map says much more,” said Ordnance Survey public sector manager for Scotland, Dom Cuthbert.
“The new Ordnance Survey Commonwealth Games map gives an accurate and highly detailed representation of the venues and their surrounding area, highlighting the true scale of the event.
“Over the last year surveyors from Ordnance Survey have been capturing the changing landscape surrounding all the venues and this accurate geographic data has been used to create the Commonwealth Games map.”
The map will be available as a teaching resource for primary and secondary schools across and the UK, as well as being made available to the general public through Visit Scotland, libraries and museums.