Public lecture: How to build an Olympic stadium

Structural engineering expert, Dr Paul Shepherd shares the secrets behind the building of the Olympic Park and explores the ways that mathematics was used in the construction and operation of this spectacular event, in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 24 October.

This summer, London hosted the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games with more than nine million visitors who watched the 10,000 athletes compete in 26 sports at 34 venues around the UK. Dr Shepherd will explain how Maths played a critical part in the design and construction of these stunning venues.

Dr Shepherd completed a degree in Mathematics before moving into the field of Structural Engineering. As a consulting engineer he applied his mathematical knowledge to the design of iconic buildings with the world’s leading architects, including international sports stadiums. He is currently a lecturer in the University’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP). Others in the series include:

31 October - Archaeology, Common Rights and the Origins of Britishness - Dr Susan Oosthuizen explores the archaeological evidence for the management of prehistoric pasture, to ask whether it is possible that common rights were already traditional by the time the Anglo-Saxons arrived.
7 November - No job for a woman – Industrial chemist Dr Barry Maule provides an insight into women’s contributions to the manufacture of explosives and shell filling in the First World War.
14 November - A sustainable future for wildlife and people - Head of Learning at Bristol Zoo Simon Garrett looks at the challenges facing a sustainable future.

The lecture is taking place in Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1 and starts at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

For more information about the University’s Autumn 2012 GULP programme, please email gulp@bath.ac.uk or call 01225 386587.

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