3 Engineering Feats That Make Wimbledon Possible

3 Engineering Feats That Make Wimbledon Possible
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by Jessica Tabinor on

The World Cup certainly gave us some surprises this summer and Wimbledon has had one or two of its own, with favourite Roger Federer knocked out in the quarterfinals. As Andy Murray sits in the commentary box, hopes for a thrilling semi-final rest on Nadal and Djokovic as they go toe to toe on the grass this afternoon.

However, none of this would be possible without the behind the scenes engineering innovations that make the game so great. We take a look at three of these:

Hawk-eye

Hawk-Eye has been an integral part of tennis since 2002 and continues to truly enhance the game for federations, tournaments, broadcasters, sponsors, academics and fans.

Used in over 80 tournaments around the world, Hawk-Eye’s ITF approved Electronic Line Calling service takes the doubt out of close line calls by using the most sophisticated and accurate (to the millimetre) ball tracking cameras to identify whether a ball has bounced in or out.

Using a technology called Computer Vision (central to speed cameras and robotics), the system measures the bounce point of the ball relative to the global coordinates of the tennis court, and then tries to infer the position of that bounce point relative to the line. These ball location estimates are then combined with ball ballistics (i.e. the rise in temperature caused by the collision of the ball on the ground).

This electronic judging mostly gets it right - more often than humans do - but there are no absolutes.


Centre Court Roof

Gone are the days of having to watch the game at Wimbledon under a murky, rain-filled sky with the new all-weather multi-million-pound motorised roof. The enclosed environment that took three years to build provides the players with fantastic and most importantly, dry playing conditions when the weather is unfavourable.

The translucent roof takes a total of eight minutes to close, controlled by variable-speed drivers to ensure it moves at no more than 214mm per second. It weighs a staggering 3,000 tonnes and stands 16 metres above the court surface. Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters were the first players to play under the new structure, which opened on 17th May 2009.


Real-Time Performance Data

In professional tennis, players and coaches can now access real-time performance data on an iPad during live match play. The software provides insight to help players and coaches analyse the performance of players and optimise the strategy accordingly. It could potentially be the difference between winning and losing a match – or even a championship.

At the Wimbledon 2017 championship, it is estimated that a huge 53,713,514 data points were analysed. The data is used in many different ways including delivering historical perspective, live stats, predictive analytics, serve direction and much more.

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I am currently working with one of the UK's leading engineering contractors who require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience on MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Project Engineer

I am currently working with a leading engineering contractor that require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience across MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Team Leader

Our Client based in Hilsea has a requirement for 2 x Team Leaders. This role has an initial 3 months trial period and if successful will ongoing. The Role: Responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows. Manage employee relations working within procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects Maintain flexibility in line with business needs Key Deliverables Environment Health & Safety Ensure compliance to Company Policies and initiatives within the business area - reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company's procedure and implement identified corrective actions. Provide regular coaching and training to support adherence to EH&S. Quality Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site. Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently. Identify food and bad quality practices within the value stream and escalate appropriately. Analyse quality data trends and facilitate improvements. Delivery Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques. Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA) Responsible for lead times. This role is on a 9 day fortnight. 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2. No onsite parking

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