Preparing Australia’s water and wastewater networks for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics

Alana Deghelli
Alana Deghelli November 4, 2022 3 min read

The Games of the Olympiad need no formal introduction. For the last 3,000 years the ancient origins of this athletic affair has held its place through to modern times as the most exhilarating get together of the world’s sporting elite. In the next few years, spectators will venture to France, Italy, and the USA and eventually make their way to the city of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, which has been selected to host the Olympics for 2032.  

Although being a decade away, for multiple stakeholders their planning started when the announcement was made in June 2021 – including our own Autodesk water experts, who held a lunch and learn session for local councils and consultants at The Calile Hotel last week in Brisbane to discuss the preparation and management for the water and wastewater networks during these games. 

“We wanted to host an event to share with those involved in managing the infrastructure supporting the Olympics the Autodesk technology which has been involved in the past games.”

– Head of APAC Sales Chris Ryan

“We wanted to host an event to share with those involved in managing the infrastructure supporting the Olympics the Autodesk technology which has been involved in the past games,” says Head of APAC Sales Chris Ryan. “We showcased solutions to help plan, manage, and forecast the impacts from the demand that such a huge event will put on these water networks, including nature injecting its own agenda such as extreme weather events.” 

The morning was kicked off with overseas virtual guest Head of Marketing for Water Andy Mott sharing his passion and insight into the importance of being prepared for the Olympics.  

Our second overseas guest was William Neale from Thames Water in the UK sharing his valuable experience preparing for the 2012 London Olympics using our live hydraulic modelling tool ICMLive. William also shared how Thames Water have used InfoWorks ICM and ICMLive over the last decade since the games for combined sewer overflow forecasting, health and safety applications with entry to live sewers for maintenance and construction works, burst main pipe repairs, and pollution monitoring.  

Resident Water Resources Engineer Matthew Piggott focused on live modelling for stormwater networks sharing examples of the digital twin in action and the benefits of proactive planning and response. The presentations were wrapped up by Sewer Networks Engineer Saqib Bhimani joined virtually by Eland Afuang, Senior Solutions Engineer sharing examples from South Australia, Western Australia, and Victoria where live modelling has been used on water and wastewater networks as a decision support tool for the operations team in the utility. 

Of course, the best part was lunch not only because The Calile puts on a fabulous spread, but it gave all of our guests the opportunity to come together and discuss how they can work together across multiple areas of South East Queensland to ensure sustainability is front of mind along with ensuring the safety of their communities. Thank you to everyone that joined us!  

To be involved in the conversation around the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and how you can best predict water demand, optimise pump schedules and ensure ample warning to respond to adverse events please reach out to our team in Brisbane.  

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