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Olympics security expert to speak at Stadia & Arena Pacific 2016

Olympic Games security specialist, Stephen Cooper OBE, will be among a host of experts addressing delegates at this year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event.

Cooper, a Director of Risk Management Consultancy, R3S Global, was Head of Security for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for the London 2012 Olympic Games and was responsible for designing and delivering all the security systems and infrastructure for the Olympic Park, Olympic Village and Main Media Centre. He was also the Head of Security Operations for the Olympic Park and Village precinct for the Games themselves.

He led the integration of security design into the new venues and infrastructure; a groundbreaking initiative that now constitutes global best-practice.

Cooper will explain to delegates how integration is key to robust security delivery for the Olympic Games.

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Cooper told Official Media Partner and sister company, PanStadia & Arena Management (PSA&M) magazine:

The big message is going to be around effective integration. There are tens of functions required to deliver the Olympics and it is critical that security is a cross-cutting theme across all of those functions otherwise security planning will lack coherence.

If transport is not linked up with your security planning effectively or if ceremonies are not linked up to your security planning effectively, then it is all going to fall apart, so it is very important that you get this cross-cutting integration across all the Olympic functions.

In his presentation, Cooper will also highlight how crucial it is to have an effective security design integrated into the built environment. He advised:

Really, by that, I’m talking about the venues, the infrastructure and the landscape – making sure that security and resilience is a key factor for consideration in all that you do.

Masterplanning is where you get maximum gain. Thereafter it’s a case of understanding your risks and in particular your vulnerabilities and as far as possible designing them out, whether they are physical or operational vulnerabilities. Whatever design you put in place in terms of security, in both the built environment and your operational concepts, you need an integrated effect.

It is a case of designing the venues and the infrastructure in line with your potential operational concept and making sure that as you approach the Games you have really got an effectively integrated capability and not just a venue that’s designed for security and an operational concept that doesn’t really fit the security design.

He also pointed out that another important point is to ensure security considerations are looked at in the early stages; although he added that security is never deemed the highest priority because there are massive programme pressures about getting the new builds ready and getting the Games schedules in place.

Cooper concluded:

It is important that there is a high degree of commitment to security in senior management. It is critical that security is a consideration in all aspects of major events planning and delivery but you won’t get that unless you have got top level commitment.

Our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition will be hosted at the Yokohama Arena, in the City of Yokohama, Japan, from September 26 to 28.

Now in its 18th year, the Event brings together industry leaders in all aspects of sports venue design/build, management, operations and technology from around the world. More than 70 high-calibre speakers will be  addressing attendees, along with 50+ industry-leading exhibitors, who will be showcasing their innovative products, services and solutions, as well as the latest sports venue developments.

If you haven’t already secured your place at this unmissable event, then make sure to register online now by simply clicking here.

 NB: There is FREE entry to the Exhibition Hall and Open Forum, simply register online.