I thought it was opportune to write about Olympic Legacies in the latest issue of CAD User, and so it has proved. The success of the London Olympics has been a catalyst for Rio not just for the athletes who took part, but also for the developers of the Olympic stadia and other buildings – and particularly for the infrastructure. We appear to have particular expertise in all of these areas.
The big problem, though – and it is quite understandable, but infuriating – is that having persuaded multinational companies like Lloyds Bank, Nike – two I can still recall, but other global brands as well - to cough up colossal amounts of sponsorship money to support the Olympics, their contracts are drawn up so tightly that other companies involved in the project who have supplied software, goods and resources, but not financial sponsorship, are forbidden to talk about their involvement.
Thus it is that I am currently looking at the involvement of UK expertise in the development of infrastructure for the Rio games, taking a leading role in bringing together all of the companies involved in developing local transport systems to get people (those who actually attended!) to and from each of the venues. The company who supplied the expertise were involved in similar projects for London 2012, but such is the nature of the game that I am reluctant to name names until I am certain that they, or I, can do so without a legal backlash - and in spite of the fact that you will find the story on the company's own website. Money talks, but in certain cases, shut’s mouths up!
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