Rio Olympics 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, generally known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 August to 21 August 2016. More than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees took part and the games featured 28 Olympic sports. These sporting events took place at 33 venues in the host city, and at five in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.

CampbellReith was appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in May 2016 to undertake an independent audit of the check and commissioning processes in place for venue infrastructure and overlay facilities, with particular focus on temporary grandstand structures, scaffolding structures including pedestrian bridges, support structures, major tents, cabins and rigging.

A team of eight engineers, led by Senior Partner Steve Calder and Associates Sam Knight and Sivam Somars, worked first from our UK offices to review documentation in house and then carried out site visits in Brazil to help ensure the project ran smoothly.

Our engineers role in Rio de Janeiro involved work at all 37 competition venues together with various non-competition venues and common domain areas, and included:
•Beach Volleyball Arena, Copocabana Beach – 12,000 seat Temporary Arena
•Olympic BMX Centre, Deodoro – 7, 500 temporary tiered seats in 2 blocks
•Deodoro Stadium, Deodoro – 15,000 seat temporary stadium for rugby and modern pentathlon
•Hockey Centre, Deodoro – 10,000 and 5,000 seat temporary stadiums
•Olympic Golf Course, Barra Da Tijuca – Temporary grandstands and lounge facilities
•Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, Barra – Two temporary stadiums seating 5,000 and 3,000 spectators
•Olympic Equestrian Centre, Deodoro – Existing facility expanded to 14,000 seat temporary arena
•Sambodromo, Maracana – Existing Carnival facilities expanded by 2,000 temporary seats for Archery
•Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon – 5,500 temporary seats added to existing rowing stadium
•Whitewater Stadium, Deodoro – New build facility with additional 8,500 temporary seats
•Olympic Shooting Centre, Deodoro – Additional 3,000 temporary seats to added to existing facility
•Olympic Stadium, Maracana – 10,000 additional temporary seats added to existing stadium

The CampbellReith site team remained in Rio to provide ongoing engineering support and advice throughout the Games, through to the spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.