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Brazil

Rio 2016 Olympic

Canoe Slalom

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

2016 Games.

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

the design.

This has allowed the design phase to move quickly into

construction.

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.

Cundall

Page 6

Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1

Australia

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

the other.”

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

competitive industry.

JCB Australia