Engineering the Olympics

Engineering - a vital component at the heart of the Olympics

The UK's biggest sporting event in decades, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has taken place at the new purpose-built park in east London.

Behind the preparation for the Games was an incredible array of engineering and technology, creating a world class environment of construction, infrastructure, transport, hospitality, tourism and more. In all these areas, it is engineers and technicians who enabled it to be a success.

In order to celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion and highlight the important contributions of engineers and technicians towards the 2012 Olympics, the IET has been proud to be an official “learning legacy partner” for the Olympic Delivery Authority on transport and sustainable utilities.

The IET has also been supporting the Games through its school outreach programme, the Faraday Challenge, a special Innovation Award, a unique Prestige lecture, regular content in our magazines and much more.

They include the following...

IET webcasts

Olympics related material produced for IET.tv, the IET's broadband television service.

Olympic stadium


Information on the Olympics from the IET Archives.

Olympic village

Talent, commitment and years of training

IET promotions showcasing engineering for the Olympics.

Olympic velodrome

Olympic park: facts and figures

Interesting facts and figures relating to the Olympic Park.

Olympic aquatics centre

ODA events resource material

ODA Learning Legacy - Raising the bar for the UK’s construction industry.

Olympic park

British Business Embassy days

The IET is collaborating with UK Trade & Investment to showcase The British Business Embassy during the Olympic Games. 

Lancaster House


(All Olympic venue images in this section are credited to London 2012).