Olympic Technical Support
Monday, 06 August 2012
Various Olympic venues across London
Having been approached by LOCOG to supply technical support to a number of Olympic projects, mclcreate’s first challenge was working within a timeframe of just eight weeks to deliver the requirements on time, to specification, and to budget.
Needless to say, time for site visits to ensure appropriate equipment citing and usage was very limited. Prior to the start of the games, LOCOG had the massive task of training around 70,000 volunteers. The audio visual and in some cases PA support for the entire programme of venue specific training sessions was provided by mclcreate.
Sourcing sufficient freelancers was an exacting aspect of the project. The long hours required of staff meant that in order to provide sufficient around the clock cover, teams of technicians had to work shifts. In one instance mclcreate provided a team of technicians to man the installed large format screens and manage the projection and switching to four spectator holding areas at ExCeL. In another instance, a team of technicians were required to oversee the charging, programming, and distribution of radios for the road racing events that spanned a period of three weeks.
Technical support was also provided to the 'Chef de Mission' in the Athletes Village, and inside the international broadcast and media press centres.
In order to fulfil the requirement of the projects, mclcreate sourced numerous items of additional equipment. LOCOG was clear from the outset that mclcreate needed to maintain sponsorship branding for Panasonic. This meant that we not only had to source Panasonic branded equipment but also overcome compatibility issues with the equipment provided by LOCOG for the sports draws at ExCeL and Wimbledon, along with onsite equipment at the Athletes Village.
The additional equipment included a number of video switchers to ensure successful patching into the screens that were being used, along with a number of 10K high definition projectors and playback racks which consisted of a number of free view hard-disk recorders used by athletes to view their performance and that of their competitors in the Athletes Village.