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Ground has broken in Deodora, Brazil and construction work is well underway. The team that delivered the hugely successful London 2012 Canoe Slalom course is delighted to see construction of their next Olympic facility well underway in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games.

Whitewater Parks International (WPI), supported by the engineering team at Cundall have prepared the detailed 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 consortium 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, and most importantly the International Canoe Federation, have approved the design. This has allowed the design phase to move quickly into construction. Watch a 4 minutes video of the modeling for Rio 2016.

The team has an ongoing role in advising on the procurement of the mechanical, electrical and sport equipment which are fundamental to the success of the venue. These include the water pumps to deliver a combined flow of 22.5m3/s, the boat conveyors, the channel obstacle system and the slalom gates.

The venue is due for completion in 2015, well in advance of the Games in August 2016, and its taking shape quickly. 

Photo Included: Concrete lake construction progressing rapidly to beat the rainy season – November 2014 (Photo credit: Rio2016)