Ingenia - Issue 51, June 2012


Olympic Legacies

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

Engineering learnings from the 2012 Games

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In brief

Celebrating steam innovation; Water music; SET for Britain; Forum for engineering

In Brief: short articles and engineering news

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Response to: Smart cities

Ellie Cosgrave and Léan Doody

Contributing authors to Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities respond to What’s so clever about smart cities? (Ingenia 50)

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Catastrophe risk engineering

Dr Gordon Woo

Leading risk expert from the Blackett Review panel explains some of the best ways to identify, asses and manage high impact low probability risk

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Sarah Springman CBE FREng

Competitive spirit

A civil engineer renowned for her research and teaching in soil mechanics. She has enjoyed a parallel career as an international elite athlete
By Michael Kenward OBE

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Paralympic Technology

Tim Rushby-Smith and Lawrie Douglas

Wind tunnel testing, computer modelling, and adapted prosthetics built from specialist materials help Paralympic athletes maximise their sporting potential

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Design Winner

Emily Bick

Design team Barber Osgerby worked with UK engineering companies to develop a lightweight, functional, safe and memorable Olympic Torch for London 2012

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Imaging in Four Dimensions

Professor Phil Withers FREng and Professor Peter D Lee

Improvements in 3D X-ray tomography have allowed researchers to create movies to study processes including tumour growth and permafrost thawing

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MacRobert Award 2012

The MacRobert finalists for 2012 are Andor Technology with a vacuum cooled scientific CMOS camera; Jaguar Land Rover with the Range Rover Evoque; and the JBA Group with the JFLOW flood mapping system

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Delivering the games

Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE

The chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) explains how the ODA has helped clear the Stratford site for the Olympic Park and prepared the permanent venues and infrastructure for the 2012 Games

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The Olympic Velodrome

The 6,000 seat London 2012 Olympic Velodrome was inspired by the minimalist design of the champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton’s racing bike

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Offsite Construction

Hugh Ferguson

Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Manufacturing precast concrete facility uses techniques from the automobile and aerospace industries to improve precision and efficiency in construction

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INNOVATION WATCH - Pocket-sized programming

The Raspberry Pi Foundation promotes creative computing education with its credit-card sized PC

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HOW DOES THAT WORK? - Pool sterilisation

An explanation of methods used to disinfect swimming pools

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Temporary Olympic Structures

In a bid to meet sustainability goals, temporary venues have featured highly in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Editorial Board

The members of the Ingenia editorial board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Dominic Joyeux
Copy Editor Emily Bick
Editorial Board Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Derek Hanson FREng
Michael Kenward OBE
John Loughhead OBE FREng
Martin Manning FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
Stephen Vranch FREng


Director, Policy & Public Affairs Beverley Parkin


The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia: ARUP, BAE Systems, ConocoPhillips, Lloyd's Register, Rolls-Royce plc

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia:


ARUP Sponsor pictureARUP is a global firm of designers, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to our clients around the world. Sustainability underpins our work and the firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Established 60 years ago, ARUP has nearly 9,000 employees, based in 86 offices in 37 countries, working on up to 10,000 projects at any one time. ARUP is a wholly-independent firm owned in trust on behalf of our staff. With no external shareholders, this independence enables us to shape our own direction with no outside pressure or influence.

- BAE Systems

BAE Systems Sponsor pictureBAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 84,600 employees worldwide and operations in the US, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and India. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.

- ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips pictureConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company. As of 31 December 2010, it is the third-largest U.S. integrated energy company, based on market capitalisation, as well as proved reserves and production of oil and natural gas, and the largest refiner in the United States. ConocoPhillips is the seventh-largest holder of proved reserves and the fourth-largest refiner worldwide, of nongovernment-controlled companies. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips operates in more than 30 countries. As of 31 March 2011, the company had approximately 29,600 employees worldwide and assets of $160 billion. ConocoPhillips stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COP.

- Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register Sponsor pictureLives and livelihoods depend on quality systems you will probably never see, ships, roads and railtracks on which you may never travel and distant production plants about which you have never heard.

The Lloyd’s Register Group is an organisation that works to enhance safety and to approve assets and systems at sea, on land and in the air. We check that assets and systems work so that people and communities around the world can get on with everyday life. We are driven by a strong sense that what we are doing matters.

To make this happen, we set, uphold and apply high technical standards of design, manufacture, construction, maintenance, operation and performance across many industries to the benefit of many businesses.

Lloyd’s Register stands apart: independent, objective, experienced and uncompromising in our commitment to helping our clients.

- Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Sponsor pictureRolls-Royce depends on its ability to innovate and invests over £900 million on Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at improving the environmental performance of its products and operations.

With annual sales of £11 billion, an order book of over £60 billion and 39,000 people employed globally, Rolls-Royce has manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. Our customer base comprises 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility operators, 2,000 marine customers and 160 armed forces and energy customers in 120 countries. We have over 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide which generate a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives. Rolls-Royce service revenues have grown by ten per cent compound over the past decade, now representing 51 per cent of annual sales.

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