Rio 2016 Olympic
Ground has broken in Deodora, Brazil and
construction work is well underway. The
team that delivered the London 2012
Canoe Slalom course is delighted to see
construction of their next Olympic facil-
ity well underway in Rio de Janeiro for the
Whitewater Parks International (WPI), supported by
the engineering team at Cundall have prepared the de-
tailed concept drawings for the whitewater channels, lake,
pumping stations and boat conveyors.
The integrated 2016 Canoe Slalom venue design has
been completed by the architectural and engineering con-
sortium responsible for the whole of the Deodoro cluster
of venues and it is now being built rapidly in a race against
the rainy season.
Following the successful 1:13 scale hydraulic modelling
exercise commissioned by WPI, in collaboration with the
Czech Technical University, all stakeholders have approved
This has allowed the design phase to move quickly into
The team has an ongoing role in advising on the pro-
curement of the fit out which are fundamental to the suc-
cess of the venue. These include the water pumps to de-
liver a combined flow of 22.5 m³/s, the boat conveyors, the
channel obstacle system and the slalom gates.
The venue is due for completion in 2015.
Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1
Road construction company invents new machine
A road construction expert on the NSW mid north coast of
Australia has taken heed of the old saying about “building
a better mousetrap”, by creating a unique machine to im-
prove the efficiency and cost effectiveness of his business.
Leigh Brenton, owner of Bulahdelah-based Guardrail
Systems, installs guardrail, wire rope and safety barriers
under contract to local councils and major road authorities.
Leigh has combined a JCB 527-58C telehandler and an
Orteco post driver hammer to create a machine that can
carry, distribute and install rail posts.
JCB Construction Equipment Australia worked with
Leigh and his team of specialists to customise the machine
and install a remote control operating system.
“When I started in this business in 2004, I had a
standard tractor and a drop hammer, like a farmer
uses to put up a farm fence. Two years later, I
realised it just wasn’t the right way to do it.”
Leigh’s first attempt involved another tractor and a
pneumatic hammer. After some research, he locked onto
the idea of combining a hammer with a telehandler.
“Itwas effectivelyaone-man, one-vehicleoperation
and I thought this was the most efficient way of
doing it so I decided to go down that route.
There is a hammer available that is mounted
on a track machine, and it’s great, but all it does is
drive a post in, nothing else. So I decided to buy
a hammer and a JCB telehandler that is strong
enough to manage loading and carrying a pile
of posts or a 1.5 t roll of wire, and add one to
Leigh’s telehandler can be operated like any
other. In manual mode, it loads and unloads
trucks and carries the posts. A remote control that
drives the telehandler also allows for the opera-
tion of the hammer, locking off the fork function.
Leigh now believes he has the perfect ma-
chine for the job he does, and he is very optimis-
tic it will give him a distinct advantage in a highly