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Time frame and logistics

Because of a lack of experienced installers
in Saudi Arabia, Losberger De Boer flew in
builders from Europe and the United Arab
Emirates. Photo courtesy of Losberger De Boer.

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"Very often here orders and signatures
come really late," Machin says. "With some
of our kit coming from Europe to Saudi
Arabia by boat, with some special parts by
airfreight, the time frame was really tight.
From signature to event day was about 10
weeks, which is unheard of."
Logistics were an issue as well. "The
event took place in a busy part of the city,"
he says. "We had to keep the level of trafϐic
disruption on surrounding roads and access ways to an absolute minimum. This
was especially challenging as the pit lane
structure had to be built next to an active
public road, creating access restrictions.
"It was very much a learning curve for
us," he adds. "But with careful advance
planning, our project team was able to
maneuver the necessary lifting equip-

ment into place in a safe and compliant
way, while ensuring the original timetable
was maintained."
Because it was one of the ϐirst major
sporting events ever held in Saudi Arabia, Machin says it was difϐicult to ϐind
staff or subcontractors in the country
with knowledge of temporary structures
and build experience.
"It was necessary for our team to ϐly in
experienced event structure builders from
the United Arab Emirates and Europe," he
says. "That was expensive, but it ensured
the project was delivered on deadline and
according to safety standards."
Losberger De Boer also had to make
sure that the company was building
a structure that could be dismantled
quickly, so that interruption of the city's
normal business would be minimized.


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