On a hot Sunday, on the western side of Zurich lake something quite unique was taking place. A colourful, hand woven, single strand of loom bands was being unwound, leaving motorists and pedestrians bemused as to what was taking place. It remained unclear at this stage how far the strand would eventually reach, but that was exactly what we were attempting to resolve.
Ecas AG was nominated by Zurich International School to clarify whether this was in fact a new loom band world record. The strand, the size of a basketball when wound, took 5 ZIS students some 2 years to create.
Careful consideration was spent deciding what method would be employed on the day to measure such a long strand. Due to the curvature of the path and the delicate nature of the bands, modern techniques such as laser measures where eliminated. A standard surveyor’s tape would be time consuming and potentially too inaccurate. It was agreed that the most accurate and practical method would be to employ a surveyor’s wheel.
Derek Hill MRICS took up this challenge and was able to confirm, to a highly excited school community, that the loom band was long enough to shatter the previous record – 1’509 metres.
Still to be officially verified by the Guinness Book of Records, but this didn’t stop the celebrations.
Please read the full story on the RICS Europe’s website below: