South Africa’s World Cup infrastructure – ready and ‘alive with possibilities’ (12/04/10)
Cape Town-based Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) has been committed to and very active in the project management and system integration aspects of the Information Technology (IT) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) of two of the World Cup stadiums.
The two stadiums are Cape Town Stadium in Green Point and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, both of which are now complete. Not only are these highly impressive sports infrastructures ready for kick-off come June, but they are also incredible icons which will leave a lasting legacy for generations of people to come.
Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium was the last of the World Cup stadia to be completed. “Test events are now being held at this stadium, and any possible hitches are being identified and any minor adjustments made,” explains says Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of EES. “To date the test events have run very smoothly.”
EES was the specialist sub-consultant supporting WSP Consulting Engineers, and part of the consulting team tasked with designing and implementing the intelligent backbones at both Cape Town Stadium and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
During the planning stage Cape Town Stadium was known as the Green Point Stadium, which was the name of the previous, far smaller stadium on the site, which had insufficient capacity to be upgraded into a World Cup stadium.
The design and implementation of an intelligent backbone at Cape Town Stadium, an architectural feat, has helped make it one of the showpieces for the 2010 World Cup, as any visitors to the stadium will immediately see. It has in fact been described as the new icon between the twin icons of Table Mountain and Robben Island. And if marketed properly in years to come, it will continue to generate revenue, ensure a return on investment (ROI) and be sustainable.
“Due to time and cost pressures, we invested beyond the normal scope in our planning and relationship-building with all involved, and this certainly paid dividends,” states Hemphill.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
The Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium, was the first intelligent stadium in South Africa built to meet the international soccer governing body’s exacting standards. When Port Elizabeth was chosen as a host city for the 2010 World Cup, the city decided against upgrading the existing Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) Stadium, as it would have needed to be almost completely rebuilt, in order to meet World Cup requirements.
“Construction of the new stadium enabled IT infrastructure to be included in the early planning phase of the stadium design and development to ensure that IT and BAS were designed to support current and future information needs,” comments Hemphill. “This is the ideal situation, as it is important for such planning to take place right from the start.”
It is the stadium’s intelligent backbone which enables it to be a multi-purpose stadium, catering for the needs of diverse events, ranging from sports matches and concerts through to trade shows and exhibitions.
“All the management system applications that run on the stadium’s backbone are integrated, meaning that management tools are in place enabling smooth running of events and streamlined stadium maintenance,” says Hemphill.
Not only are these intelligent infrastructures helping to ensure South Africa is indeed ‘alive with possibilities’ come World Cup kick-off in June, but that after the final whistle-blow they will continue to be sustainable and leave a invaluable, lasting legacy for generations to come.