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On your marks: Government told it should aim to complete Olympics venues a year early

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The Palaszczuk Government has been told it will need to complete facilities for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics at least 18 months before the games to ensure there is enough time to allow for last minute design changes.

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A government delegation headed by Treasurer Cameron Dick to the World Expo in Dubai last month met several groups and companies with experience in staging the London 2012 Olympics as well as planning for the Los Angeles 2028 Games.

One of these firms, the Mace Group, warned technological advances would have to be taken into account for the construction timetable of Olympic venues.

The firm advised the goal of Games organisers should be to have “all construction” completed 12 to 18 months out from the event “to allow for testing, changes to specifications and design based not technology advancement”, according to a report tabled in state parliament.

It used as an example the discovery by previous organisers of major events of the need for better lighting across venues to ensure optimal viewing through HD and Ultra HD TV.

Catering to the needs of companies with broadcast rights is regarded as a make or break activity in the years before an Olympics.

Mace, which has recently established an office in Brisbane, also recommends the use of artificial intelligence in project management to measure and predict cost and construction over runs.

The cost of the 2032 Games, including venue infrastructure, is expected to be about $6 billion.

The 2032 Olympics was a major focus of Dick’s trip to Dubai, the first overseas trade delegation since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in early 2020.

The trip included a special Brisbane 2032 event where Olympians including Natalie Cook and Cate Campbell and Paralympian Jessica Smith spoke of their Games experiences.

Another event highlighted the government’s ambition to ensure Queensland became a leader in high performance sports technology in the lead up to the Brisbane Olympics.

 

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