The 2012 London Olympics were an integral part of that summer, and James Fisher Nuclear (JFN)
were proud to play their own part in providing support to the games.
JFN provides inspection and measurement services for the defence, homeland security, aerospace and other industries and this expertise meant JFN were ideally placed to carry out this contract with the Olympic Delivery Authority.
The project involved delivering a complete radiological screening system, capable of monitoring 100% of pedestrians and vehicles onto the Olympic Park in London. The intention of the system was to identify any source of radioactivity that could pose a threat to the Olympic Games and members of the public on the Park. This required JFN to design a solution, procure, configure and test the equipment, and install, within the tight timescales.
So that the design met the client’s requirements, a demonstration of the equipment took place in a facility in Harwich, where all the stakeholders were present. The results of this testing had a major input into the final design. There followed a number of test events on the Olympic Park, where a subset of the equipment was used, for monitoring members of the public. These test events allowed further refinement of the design prior to the Olympic Games. One of the requirements was that the system had to be easy to operate by security guards manning the entry points. Other requirements included not increasing the time it took visitors or competitors to enter the Olympic Park.
Once the final design had been approved, JFN developed the test protocols for the equipment. The portable equipment was tested in our calibration facility in Deeside, and the installed equipment was tested during commissioning on the Park. JFN provided training courses so staff understood what the system was doing and the correct response to any alarms.
JFN provided a fully integrated system, networked across the Park, with all equipment monitored from a central control room. The equipment was used to monitor approximately 4 million members of the public and Olympic staff, during the build-up to the Games, and the Games themselves.