The results are evenly distributed among the four mega-projects. None of them showed a pronounced distinction on the others. However, it is surprising to note that only 18% of participants considered the Olympics of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro as the most complex of them and that the World Cup of Soccer had been the leader in this poll with 32% of the votes.
Before discussing this contrast, it is important to understand what we consider as complexity in a project. Complexity is the intensity of work, besides cultural, geographical, legal, social challenges among many others. Of course there is no meter-tape to measure this, a kind of “complexometer”, which allows comparing unique things. But we must have some criteria to define what is complex.
In my point of view, the Olympics and the Pre-Salt exploration are, by far, the most complex projects that we undertake in Brazil. And, also, the World Cup would be the last. And why my opinion is different from a result on which 357 people from many areas opined?
Well, let’s go to the answers.
In my opinion, the World Cup is the first of these events to finish and many of the interviewees used the term “Urgency” as a translation for “Complexity” This is also the project in evidence in media nowadays, attracting more criticism and comments. Of course, we also have a clear public interest caused by the Brazilians love for soccer.
But if we look at the World Cup, we see that the event brings together 32 teams and that each one has 22 athletes. Imagining that each country will take about 50 other professionals, we have a delegation of 72 people involved and a universe of less than 2,500 people. They are going to be distributed in 11 cities and there is just one sport as a target.
Moreover, the Olympic Games bring together more than 10,000 athletes, technical committees, etc. Furthermore, we have a lot of sports being practiced in different locations and each of them has different needs. Finally, we have it all being held in Rio de Janeiro that, by itself, without the Games, already has a lot of challenges related to urban mobility and security.
If investment is the criterion that defines complexity, there is only one project to consider here. It is impossible to compare any investment to the Pre-Salt. We are talking about more than a hundred billion dollars invested in the next 15 or 20 years.
If the criterion is environmental or cultural, we can choose the hydroelectric stations in the Amazon Basin. Giant projects are being carried out in an area with all sorts of possible environmental challenges. And these environmental challenges, coupled with the lack of skilled workforce, increase the complexity of these projects.
Well, as we can see, all the four projects present a huge complexity, but if I could do a “personal” ranking of them, subject to criticism, I would put them in the following order:
- Level 1 – Olympic Games and Pre-Salt
- Level 2 – Hydroelectric stations in the Amazon Basin
- Level 3 – World Cup (a close second to the hydroelectric stations in the Amazon Basin)
- Posted: January 28th, 2011
- Author: Ricardo Vargas
- Popularity: 2710 views
- Tags: brasil, complexity, copadomundo, jogos olimpicos, Megaeventos, Megaprojetos, olympic games, pre-sal, pre-salt, WorldCup,
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