In December 2010, Whistler Sport Legacies issued a request for expressions of interest to conduct an independent evaluation of sled trajectories within the track of the Whistler Sliding Centre. Qualified proponents were invited to respond to a Request for Proposals. In March 2011, SAIT Polytechnic was contracted to lead a consortium of industry experts to deliver a comprehensive Safety Audit of the Whistler Sliding Centre.
The scope of the study was to conduct a technical analysis of the combined bobsleigh, luge and skeleton Track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, and is the first of its kind in the world of sliding sports. The objectives of the audit were to provide observations, identify deficiencies and make recommendations for improvements in four areas including: track construction; trajectory envelope; traumatic injury and safety protection measures. These objectives were met by: conducting an “as constructed” track survey; an “as designed” versus “as-constructed” audit; developing a trajectory model and running scenarios; carrying out a retrospective incident and trauma study; and conducting a track safety audit.
The Sled Trajectory Study Consortium, under the leadership of SAIT Polytechnic, involved six lead organizations, six supporting organizations and over fifty people. The comprehensive track analysis utilized specialized resources and advanced technologies from across North America and the United Kingdom. The study involved the coordination of a global team of experts and technologies with specialties in surveying, 3 Dimensional scanning, safety audits, civil engineering and structural design and trauma.
Whistler Sport Legacies would like to acknowledge the authors and their teams and thank them for their diligence in developing this significant body of work.
Whistler Sport Legacies initially anticipated that the report would be finalized in the fall of 2011. Upon receipt of the preliminary draft report in October 2011, the study’s scope was broadened to ensure that it met the needs identified when it was commissioned. Additional audit components included a WorkSafeBC’s Certification of Recommendation (COR) health and safety management system audit, enhanced retrospective trauma analysis, and trajectory study analyses that included all sliding disciplines and considered current estimates of the coefficient of friction. In August 2012, a draft of the report was reviewed by WSL and was sent to the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), the International Luge Federation (FIL), the Canadian Luge Association, Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton, Ingenieurbüro Gurgel (IBG) and Stantec. The final report was submitted to WSL in October 2012.