Wednesday, May 18, 2011

News: Bromley Technologies to provide expert analysis of Olympic track


Rotherham-based Bromley Technologies Ltd is to be part of an international study project that will be the first of its kind in the world of sliding sports.

The project will undertake a trajectory study of the Whistler Sliding Centre track, in British Columbia, Canada and will include a three-dimensional scan of the track, trajectory modeling, a design audit, safety audit and retrospective study of in-track incidents.

Engineers from Bromley Technologies will simulate the sliding path of sleds for all sliding disciplines including Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton down the one mile Whistler Olympic track.

Set up by brothers Kristan and Richard Bromley and run with chief operating officer Mike Maddock, Bromley Technologies is based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. The company specialises in athlete-focused engineering technology, with its state-of-the-art test facility that helps finesse sporting talent.

Bromley Technologies supply leading GB athletes Kristan Bromley and his partner Shelley Rudman, plus athletes from 24 other nations. Last year they launched their new performance engineering design consultancy.

Over the last ten years the company has developed sophisticated mathematical modelling techniques and software simulation programmes that it will use to deliver a vital component of the project. Bromley Technologies was chosen to be part of the project due to its applied understanding of the dynamics involved in the sliding sports, including sled technology, sport physics, virtual performance analysis, data acquisition and athlete driving/coaching.

Richard Bromley, structural dynamics and systems director at Bromley Technologies 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."

Whistler Sliding Centre was the venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games where Great Britain's Amy Williams won gold in the Skeleton. The technical analysis has been commissioned after Georgian Luge competitor, Nodar Kumaritashvili died on the track during practice just days before the Games began.

Bromley Technologies website

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