La Grande Roue de Montréal: a brand new, gigantic observation wheel. Standing 60 metres high and offering a 360-degree view (equivalent to that of a 20-storey building) from tempered cabins, it is the tallest wheel in Canada, and sister of the Chicago Wheel. Built with a framework normally reserved for oil rigs in the North Sea, it can withstand tsunamis and the strongest of earthquakes.
Operating this infrastructure demands not only mechanical and electrical engineering, but also a load of technology. The site has many new structures including a restaurant, cafe, bar and administrative buildings.
The IT challenges were big: fibre optics, multi-building connectivity, security cameras, electromagnetic doors, Wi-Fi signals up to 60 metres of altitude, points of sale, audio, video, ticketing and everything that goes along with regular business needs, including IP telephony, laptops, desktops, printers, etc. So, how to go about building it?
First, creating a master plan helped me ascertain the critical parts of the infrastructure, its most essential components and the items to document. Second, we put together an RFI/RFP/RFQ to invite suppliers to quote on the various parts of the project. Third, we required all suppliers to fully document the equipment integrated into the infrastructure; this helped ensure supplier independence and provide rollout continuity.
“La Grande Roue de Montreal will feature leadingedge technology integrated throughout the business processes: HR, security, process flow, and even a photo booth providing pictures as the guests exit the observation wheel.”
Bringing together all the necessary skills and professionals that would bring this project to life was no easy feat. Actively listening and observing were our keys to success in carrying out this massive initiative. Constructing the buildings and the wheel required precise timing from each party involved; from concrete platforms to gypsum installation, to the garage doors on the outdoor bar. Installing each component needed to be carried out at exactly the right time for the project to flow.
La Grande Roue de Montreal will feature leading-edge technology integrated throughout the business processes: HR, security, process flow, and even a photo booth providing pictures as the guests exit the observation wheel. In this installation, management used big data as a key asset throughout the project. Knowing the peak moments when the operations are at their busiest will help in making important organizational decisions. Wi-Fi and security cameras monitor and improve the flow of patrons through the experience.
We encourage you to ride La Grande Roue de Montreal on your next visit to the city. Enjoy a new view of the city and a wonderful multimedia experience even at the very top of the wheel!