The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – a legacy of geospatial support?

Guest blog by Duncan Moss, Duncan is our Major Event Practice Lead 

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave Britain a lasting sporting and cultural legacy – if you visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (formerly known as the Olympic Park) this winter you can join the crowds enjoying a wide range of world-class sporting events. Whether cheering on the England women’s netball team as they take on Malawi or supporting London’s only professional basketball team in the Copper Box Arena, it’s easy to forget that such events are made possible thanks to our reputation for delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable environment as was experienced during London 2012.

Customised map of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park we produced with the Institute of Civil Engineers

London was the centre of the global sporting world during the summer of 2012. Over 2.4 million people visited the Olympic Park, over 4 million people watched the Games at live sites and 18 million Games spectator journeys were made – and all without a major incident. The safety and security arrangements right across the Games were supported by the sophisticated use of geospatial information. The geospatial leadership and support we provided to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) played a critical role.

Sharing our expertise, experience and specialist knowledge as the national mapping agency of Great Britain, our teams of experts helped a range of Olympic stakeholders, including Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police and the Ministry of Defence.  We gave 24/7 geospatial support to the Cabinet Office Olympic Secretariat over a five month period for the Olympic Torch relay and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.As a result, we received a Supplier Recognition Scheme Licence with the designation ‘Supplier of Survey and Digital Mapping Services (LOCOG and ODA) to the London 2012 Games.’

Ordnance Survey International LLP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ordnance Survey, is now continuing the legacy by building on the celebrated success of London 2012 – globally. Through the provision of expert consultancy services, Ordnance Survey International extends and shares the London 2012 legacy with other organisations and governments. Advising on the critical role played by accurate and high quality geospatial information in supporting the successful delivery of a major special event, our team of experts advises on: planning, design, construction, test events, transport, traffic management, public safety, emergency response, and spectator information to finally staging an event.

In the meantime, enjoy your own legacy of London 2012 by finding out more about what’s on this winter at the Olympic Park: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events

Read a case study on our involvement.

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