It’s that time again! The 2021 summer Olympics are about to begin. As a viewer of the Olympics, it is always impressive to see the picture perfect stadiums and modern facilities. Very rarely do we get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes work that was done to make the event a reality.

An incredible amount of organization and planning goes into preparing for the Olympic Games. Cities and countries that want to be selected as hosts must submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nine or more years in advance by paying a $150,000 entry fee, submitting detailed plans, and passing an inspection carried out by the IOC. That doesn’t even include all the work that needs to be done once the city has been selected to host the event.

Infrastructure Development and the Olympics 

Winning a bid to host a future Olympics means economic growth, increased tourism, and positive publicity, and it gives countries and cities a chance to showcase their sites and culture. Hosting the Olympics has also long been synonymous with infrastructural development and improvement.

Host cities must upgrade their public infrastructure and utilities to accommodate a large influx of visitors. They must also construct stadiums and sporting facilities to house the various athletic events—all within a short window of time. Historically, host countries have spent anywhere from $5 billion to $50 billion on infrastructure upgrades. This is a huge undertaking that involves hyper-focused management, planning, and organization.

Using Cityworks to Prepare for Large Events 

Although your city may not submit a bid to host the Olympics, it probably hosts other events. Take for example, the City of Augusta, GA, who hosts the Masters Golf Tournament, which brings an influx of 55 to 60 thousand visitors on a yearly basis. They have to prepare the city—which only has a population of 202,000—for a spike in event-based traffic, an increase in utility use, and much more.

Various departments in the City of Augusta leverage Cityworks and ArcGIS to create, track, and manage preparatory workflows leading up to the event. This includes repainting roads, trimming roadside vegetation, installing detour and wayfinding signs, and much more. Cityworks AMS helps the city stay on top of their projects and fosters cross-departmental transparency and collaboration.

Charlie Gay, a Maintenance Coordination Manager for the city explains, “Cityworks and ArcGIS gives us the ability (to use) live reporting. We are able to know tomorrow what we actually did today, instead of waiting for everything to get entered in a week or two later.”

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