The World Cup, Wimbledon and British Grand Prix may be over, but the sporting extravaganza continues this summer, with the Commonwealth Games kicking off in Scotland next week. We’ve worked with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to create a special map which showcases Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The ‘Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ map includes civil engineering firsts such as the Hampden Park surface raising, which lifted the surface six feet on metal stilts to accommodate the running track and athletics field.
The map highlights the Games’ lasting legacy for several industries and aims to inspire young people into careers such as civil engineering.The map is being hosted by Education Scotland on their Game on Scotland website, so that primary and secondary school students can learn about the vital role of civil engineers in delivering major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games – not just in building or converting the venues, but ensuring the Glasgow’s water, waste, energy and transport networks can accommodate the extra one million visitors anticipated.
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 our surveyors have been capturing the changing landscape surrounding all the venues and this accurate geographic data has been used to create the Commonwealth Games map.
We’ve also created an interactive map on our website that tells the story about some of the important changes that the City of Glasgow has had to undergo to get ready and the people who design, build and maintain the infrastructure, which keep our cities cleaner and greener places to live. Take a look now: www.os.co.uk/glasgow2014
The full ICE map also features stories 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.
The map is available as a teaching resource for primary and secondary schools across Scotland and the UK, as well as being available to the general public through Visit Scotland, libraries and museums.