Professor Pericles Loucopoulos

Chair of Iinformation Systems Engineering, Manchester, UK

THIS CHAPTER is about the use of simulation in developing scenarios to validate requirements from stakeholders. These requirements were for the design of venue operations for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. In early 2001, the Organising Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games (ATHOC) began a project to define system requirements for venue operations of the Olympic Games. This project activity has always formed part of the planning activities of recent Olympic Organising Committees. However, ATHOC departed from the traditional approach of using only peer-to-peer knowledge transfer, facilitated by expert consultants. Instead, it adopted a systematic method for discovering, defining, negotiating, and agreeing the requirements for systems to support venue operations.

The Athens 2004 Olympic Games, will last 16 days, during which time 16,000 athletes from 36 different sports will take part in 300 events across 28 venues located in the Greater Athens area. They will be watched by an estimated 5 million ticketed spectators, together with over 20,000 journalists and broadcasters, and 2500 members of international committees. ATHOC has a budget of $5 billion, and a workforce of over 175,000 for the duration of the Games. ATHOC's task is to ensure the efficient and effective running of the Games in all competition venues, fully co-ordinated with non-competition ...

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