Monday, October 2, 2000
Inviting houseguests to spend the weekend at your home is a
generous act, as they raid your refrigerator and use up all the hot water by
taking long showers.
But imagine if you had to find space for 15,000 people to stay for
30 days? That was the challenge for Sydney's Olympic organizers as they planned
the athletes' village for the 2000 Summer Games.
The infrastructure also had to support a daily increase of 4,000
staff members and 3,000 guests, for projected daily traffic of 22,000 people.
And then, within a week after the games end, organizers will have to convert the
entire village to be wheelchair-compatible, so it can support the athletes of
The Olympic Village staff is using ActiveAsset Planner from
Bentley (www.bentley.com) to manage all the
information, integrating the details into a single system. To do this Olympian
task, the ActiveAsset Planner database was customized to catalog furnishings,
fittings, equipment, technology, and staff.
And like an enormous hotel check-in desk, these variables are all
linked to predefined rooms in the architectural drawings, by integrating the
database with MicroStation DGN files of the village's entire layout. This way,
organizers can manage jobs like housecleaning and allocating entire sections of
the village to specific national teams.
ActiveAsset Planner is an information access and reporting system
that can be sorted through graphical queries, thematic resymbolizations, text
reports in predefined templates, and output to spreadsheets. This technology
allows users to find and retrieve floor plans, and view them as CAD drawings for
graphically allocating space, assets, employees, or tenants.