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  • MEGASTRUCTURES

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We focus on modern-day miracles of construction. Superhuman feats of modern engineering from around the world.

In Megastructures: Panama Canal we meet the mother of all mega-movers. Every year this strategic waterway lifts 14,000 ships over the equivalent of a nine-storey mountain range. Relying on some of the mightiest machines and feats of engineering in the world, the demands for its services are high, and now there are plans afoot for an even bigger, better canal.

Megastructures: Deep Sea Drillers follows an attempt to tap some of the most inaccessible natural gas on the planet, in which five high-tech mega vessels will complete a 1,800 square mile gas network, over a mile and a half below the ocean's surface. At the heart of the project is the enormous gas-processing platform, the Independence Hub. If successful the system will produce enough gas to supply nearly 5 million households in the US.

Megastructures: Iceland's Big Dig takes us six hundred feet underground in Iceland's remote Eastern highlands to a gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine called Jaws. After two years of constant grind, "Jaws" has bored a tunnel over twenty-five feet in diameter nearly nine miles through basalt. This tunnel is the linchpin of a massive Hydro-Electric project that plans to use the melt water from a massive glacier to make electricity. One of the biggest challenges is steering this monster machine in a straight line, so that after nine miles eighty-eight yards it hits target dead centre. Will "Jaws" Breakthrough or bust?

Megastructures: Super Pipeline looks at one of the gas industry's riskiest projects ever undertaken. By 2008, Britain will be connected to Norway via a 1,200 km super pipeline. It's composed of over one million tonnes of steel and equating to a 1/3 of the world's combined pipeline production company. Yet all of the work must be completed by robots working 3 km under the North Sea against harsh underwater currents, sub-zero temperatures and abysmal wind and wave conditions.

They span acres of land and consume enough electricity to power small towns. Megafactories are some of the most unique production facilities on Earth. We visit Italy's Ferrari factories, to witness the construction of the Ferrari 599 from molten metal through to its 200 mph test drives, and learn how Formula One technology is transferred onto the production line. Then to Ohio and Texas, to see how tanks can be stripped down and rebuilt from the ground up, rather than built from new. In combat they are weapons capable of destroying targets two miles away. Finally, Apache Helicopters are perhaps the most lethal attack helicopters in the world. We visit the Boeing plant in Arizona, to see how sophisticated military technology is helping to make sure that the Apache pilots make it back home.

Take an eye-popping look at the greatest structures and machines ever created.

The Harley-Davidson is an American icon. We go behind the scenes at the Harley-Davidson HQ to discover how this particular mega factory is able to rev up 50 new Harleys every single hour, and get an inside peek at the process to create the controversial newly designed V-Rod. We also visit the John Deere factory, which covers more than 300,000 square metres, houses more than 2000 employees and 49 robotic welders. Find out how all these elements combine to help stamp, press, cut and weld 60,000 tons of steel into the John Deere STS Combine – a harvesting mega-machine. Finally we travel to the Peterbilt factory where workers are busy building Model 387 trucks, made to pull vehicles weighing up to 36 tonnes. With its mechanical brute strength and human creativity, this mega factory brings Peterbilt's aerodynamic king of the long-distance fleet to the road.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Megastructures: Sun Engine
    Ever wonder what to do when the sun is not shining anymore? Travel to the globe to visit the new massive solar power facilities that act as a backup.
  • Megastructures: Ultimate Skyscraper NYC
    In the city that never sleeps, one architect's dream for a greener future has been realized.
  • Megastructures: Train Wreck
    Get an inside look at the unknown world of scrap, where locomotives go to die...and ultimately be reborn
  • Megastructures: Dubai Racecourse
    Event staff race to ensure that the grand opening of Meydan for the Dubai World Cup will be as glamorous and spectacular as the venue itself.
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Bridge
    To save the life of one of the most iconic engineering. Witness the rise of an engineering masterpiece: The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.
  • Megastructures: Singapore's Vegas
    With its diversity of attractions and facilities and the ground-breaking design, Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is bound to become a timeless landmark.
  • Megastructures: The Petronas Towers
    The 450-meter Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers on the planet, stand as a symbol of Malaysian pride and modernity.
  • Megastructures: Super Sky Tram
    Filmed over a 2-year period, from Swiss factories and towns of western Wyoming, Cable to the Sky tells the story of dedicated men who risk their lives for this megastructure.
  • Megastructures: UK Super Train
    Get on board as we explore the engineering behind the UK super train line.
  • Megastructures: Worlds Biggest Store : Shinseg
  • Megastructures: Korean Superlink
    We take an eye-popping look at the greatest structures and machines ever created.
  • Megastructures: Dubai Mega Mall
    Centrepiece of this new Dubai will be a shopping mall - The Dubai Mall - designed to outstrip all malls.
  • Megastructures: Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi
  • Megastructures: World's Busiest Port
    Visit the port for more than 1,000 ships loaded with cargo,123 countries,6 continents,moving at the pace of 1 ship every 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Megastructures: Petronas Towers
    The 450-meter Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers on the planet, stand as a symbol of Malaysian pride and modernity.
  • Megastructures: Kansai Airport
    The Kansai Airport in Japan: We go behind the scenes to figure out how this feat of engineering works.
  • Megastructures: World's Fastest Rollercoaster
    Formula Rossa – The ultimate speed roller coaster is part of the world's largest indoor theme park – Ferrari World on Yas Island.
  • Megastructures: Ultimate Oil Rigs
    A shipyard in Singapore is building an impressive 23 rigs at once.Can they build fast enough that endure the punishment of drilling in the open sea?
  • Megastructures: The Leaning Tower Of Abu Dhabi
    Leaning at a whopping 18 degrees westward, the tower will claim the Guinness Book of World Records titles. How do engineers overcome gravity?
  • Megastructures: Extreme Railway
    This is the story of the battle to build a railway across one of the most extreme environments on Earth.
  • Megastructures: Eco-Ark
    The EcoARK pavilion is hailed as a new benchmark for the future of green buildings and a spectacular showpiece for the Taipei International Flora Expo.
  • Megastructures: Petronas Towers, The
  • Megastructures: Boston Big Dig
    An ambitious engineering feat is underway to constructed islands to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations.
  • Megastructures: Reinventing Hoover Dam
    Hoover Dam is regarded as an engineering masterpiece. In this program, we will ask a team of engineers how they re-invent Hoover Dam.
  • Megastructures: Deep Sea Drillers
    Join us to find out if the five high-tech mega vessels will complete the gas network which will supply gas to five million households in the US.
  • Megastructures: Beijing Olympic Stadium
    Made from 42,000 tons of twisted steel, Beijing National Stadiumis one of modern China’s most ambitious constructions projects ever attempted.
  • Megastructures: Beijing Water Cube
    Beijing Water Cube represents a true morphing of molecular science,architecture and structural engineering; world largest ETFE construction.
  • Megastructures: Atom Smasher
    Will the Large Hadron Collider be able to capture the universe as it was billionths of a second after the Big Bang? Join us in Atom Smasher as we find out.
  • Megastructures: Shanghai Super Tower
    Shanghai Super Tower is an ultimate design challenge, built at an area prone to typhoons and earthquakes.Find out how engineers overcome the problems?
  • Megastructures: SMART Tunnel
    Witness this SMART project as it can divert flood waters from the problematic Klang River away from the city center.
  • Megastructures: Autobahn
    The German Autobahn is renowned for precise engineering & unlimited speeds.Discover what it takes to build,operate,maintain &drive this super highway.
  • Megastructures: Ecoark
    The Eco Ark pavilion is hailed as a new benchmark for the future of green buildings and a spectacular showpiece.
  • Megastructures: South Pole Station
    Battling with the unpredictable weather at South Pole, can the mega-builders succeed in the construction of a 21st century science research facility?
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Reinvented
    Hoover Dam is regarded as an engineering masterpiece and an American icon. But what if it did not exist today? How would engineers build it today?
  • Megastructures: Dubai's Dream Palace
    Standing taller than the Eiffel Tower, Dubai's Burj Al Arab is an architectural icon of the 21st Century. Witness the birth of this historic triumph.
  • Megastructures: Queen Mary 2
    The Queen Mary 2 is the biggest passenger ship ever built and also the most manoeuvrable. Join us as we examine the engineering genius behind it.
  • Megastructures: Dubai's Palm Island
    An ambitious engineering feat is underway to constructed islands to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations.
  • Megastructures: China's Smart Tower
    The Pearl River Tower is one of the first of a new generation of super smart buildings.
  • Megastructures: Grand Canyon Skywalk
    Stay tuned for the Grand Canyon Skywalk – the first ever cantilever designed glass bridge.
  • Megastructures: Miami Super Stadium
    The Orange Bowl home to the Miami Dolphins is about to be demolished.A demolition team needs to clear over to get ready for a new stadium.
  • Megastructures: Soviet Doomsday Sub
    A team needs to dismantle the world's largest nuclear submarine, the Typhoon. But dismantling a submarine with nuclear reactors is a risky mission.
  • Megastructures: Future Trains
    Introducing the world 1st commercial electromagnetic levitation train system that uses the technology of conventional rail.
  • Megastructures: Port of Rotterdam
    It's one of the biggest ports in the world and it's one of the most challenging to operate and today,they will be put to the test.
  • Megastructures: Berlin Train Terminal
    Sheathed almost entirely in glass,follow this daring team as they attempt an engineering feat never before accomplished in construction history.
  • Megastructures: North Branch Correctional Facility
    With 2,000 violent criminals,the security measures are technological marvels that protect prison guards and revolutionize rehabilitation programs.
  • Megastructures: Boston's Big Dig
    An ambitious engineering feat is underway to constructed islands to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations.
  • Megastructures: Diamond Diggers
    In this episode, we explore the volcanic history and incredible discovery of the frozen Ekati Mine.
  • Megastructures: Power Tower
    Join us at the Bahrain World Trade Center. The two 50-storey glass 'sails' are powered by a revolutionary new means for a building this size, wind.
  • Megastructures: Millau Bridge
    The Millau Bridge in Southern France is the tallest in the world reaching 1,125ft. This megastructure is even taller than the Eiffel Tower.
  • Megastructures: Steam Drillers
    Join "Mega Green Tech" as it journeys around the globe in search of what is perhaps the Earth's most available green energy: geothermal power.
  • Megastructures: 747 Breakdown
    Come to the Evergreen Air Center and witness each step as they carefully drain toxic fluids, carve out the pricey parts and slice up the airframe.
  • Megastructures: Super Rigs
    We rip apart the largest oil rigs to reveal the secrets of these technological achievements and if they can survive Nature's violent forces.
  • Megastructures: Building Green Beijing
    Think Green. China showcased its green efforts in the recent Beijing Olympics with the Watercube. Watch how architects came up with the green design.
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam
    The Hoover Dam was one of the world's largest hydroelectric facilities, storing up to two years-supply of the Colorado River's average water flow.
  • Megastructures: Trains, Planes And Automobiles
    Crashed metals, all to process them for shredding and recycling. Finally, shredded metal is reborn as shiny new Land Rovers.
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Casino
    Join us in the construction of the world’s biggest casino in Macau which attracts a mega-crowds of 76,000 people on the first night.
  • Megastructures: Hawaii Super Ferry
    Construction is underway on the Hawaii Super Ferry,a floating city complete with shops and restaurants. Will they succeed?
  • Megastructures: Airbus A380
    As the tallest, longest, and heaviest commercial plane in the skies, the new Airbus A380 promises to completely revolutionize air travel.
  • Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium
    Come summer 2012, the eyes of the world will be focused on a sporting megastructure: London's Olympic Stadium - the centerpiece of the 2012 Games.
  • Megastructures: Mega Mosque
    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, constructed over the past twelve years contains both the worlds largest chandelier and the worlds biggest carpet.
  • Megastructures: Bridge Breakdown
    A young demolition team must lower an historic bridge to recycle 25,000 tons of steel, concrete, and rebar, all while testing their limits, fighting the elements, and racing against a ticking clock
  • Megastructures: Skyscraper In The Round
    We follow the conception to completion of this truly remarkable building, and the obstacles to overcome are audacious.
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Store: Shinsegae Centumcity
    We'll reveal the dramatic processes of constructing the world's largest department store, Shinsegae Centumcity in Busan.
  • Megastructures: Oasis At Sea
    The Oasis of the Seas is a high tech vessel for the 21st century, and presents features that have never been seen on a ship before.
  • Megastructures: Ice Hotels
    Watch the construction and disappearance of 2 of the world's most unique Megastructures- the Ice Hotel in Sweden & the roads on top of the Baltic Sea.
  • Megastructures: Icebreaker
    We follow the construction of a vessel that can break ice and carry cargo at the same time: The Arctic Icebreaking Containership.
  • Megastructures: Itaipu Dam
    It's the most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world, lying deep in the forests of South America.
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Tent
    Singapore's Marina Bay Sand's is one of the largest and most complex construction sites engineers ever had to deal with.
  • Megastructures: Air Force Transport
    When the U.S military needs half-dozen helicopters there is only one way to transport them: the C-5 Galaxy aircraft, a plane that redefines jumbo.
  • Megastructures: Super Copter
    Using live action, re-creations, amazing archival footage and advanced CGI, we marvel at the creation of today's super choppers.
  • Megastructures: Super Tanker
    An exclusive access to the world's largest shipbuilders and shipyards, get the 1st hand view of the complexity in creating the hugh supertanker ships.
  • Megastructures: Super Sub
    We investigate what happened in some historic accidents and show how new technologies seek to prevent future calamities.
  • Megastructures: Sea Launch
  • Megastructures: Super Pipeline
    By 2008, Norway will be connected to the UK via a 1200 km super pipeline, the longest subsea pipeline in the world.
  • Megastructures: USS Virginia
    This show promises to be an exciting ride aboard the newest addition to the Navy's nuclear-powered arsenal, the USS Virginia
  • Megastructures: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
    The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge: It's the world's longest suspension bridge - a third longer than any constructed before.
  • Megastructures: Kansai International Airport
    Japan's Kansai Airport is one of the greatest engineering achievements in the world, built entirely on a man-made island the size of Monaco.
  • Megastructures: USS Ronald Reagan
    Get a rare look at the US Navy's newest monster of the sea as it goes through a historical rite of passage
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Shredder
    Experience the world’s largest mighty recycling shredder.
  • Megastructures: Sinking A Destroyer
    What does it take to sink a destroyer in a naval battle today? SINKEX takes you inside the science and design of weapons of a high-tech naval ship.
  • Megastructures: China's Ultimate Port
    The Yangshan Water Port is China's ultimate port. Its cranes and cutting-edge control system help gigantic container ships load and unload easily.
  • Megastructures: The Impossible Build
    From initial concept, through construction challenges, to the grand finale of moving in the plants and animals,join us in building the green building.
  • Megastructures: Dam Busters
    To remove the blockade that is making up of boulders, gravel, and sand, the team needs to turn the energy of a perfect storm against the debris.
  • Megastructures: Extreme Helicopter
    Take a look at the phenomenally powerful Air-Crane heavy-lift helicopter.
  • Megastructures: The Canton Tower
    At 610m high, the Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower is the tallest television tower on Earth and the world's top ten tallest buildings.
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Bridge
    To save the life of one of the most iconic engineering. Witness the rise of an engineering masterpiece: The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.
  • Megastructures: Dubai;s Dream Palace
    Standing taller than the Eiffel Tower, Dubai;s Burj Al Arab is an architectural icon of the 21st Century. Witness the birth of this historic triumph.
  • Megastructures: Super Sky Tram
    Filmed over a 2-year period, from Swiss factories and towns of western Wyoming, Cable to the Sky tells the story of dedicated men who risk their lives for this megastructure.
  • Megastructures: World Record Cruise Ship
    In December 2009 the Oasis of the Seas shattered all records and became the biggest cruise ship ever built.
  • Megastructures: Electric Ocean
    Three teams of engineers are locked in a race to harness what may be the most powerful form of green energy, the power of the oceans.
  • Megastructures: Icebreakers
    We follow the construction of the largest commercial icebreaker that can break ice and carry cargo at the same time.
  • Megastructures: NYC's Trash Transformer
    Experience what it takes to turn an abandoned pier into a giant network of mega-machines.
  • Megastructures: Heavy Metal Shredding
    "I love what I do. I get to tear stuff up." Every day around the world, thousands of planes and automobiles get cut down to size for recycling.
  • Megastructures: Mega-Tanker Makeover
    The world is running out of oil. But new mega structures like this one could unlock the planet's last reserves.
  • Megastructures: Spaceport America
    In the very desert that helped give birth to the Space Age, Spaceport America will rise.
  • Megastructures: Singapore's Vegas
    With its diversity of attractions and facilities and the ground-breaking design, Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is bound to become a timeless landmark.
  • Megastructures: Singapore;s Vegas
    With its diversity of attractions and facilities and the ground-breaking design, Singapore;s Marina Bay Sands is bound to become a timeless landmark.
  • Megastructures: Rockeaters Of Iceland
    A gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine,Jaws,is days away from finishing a difficult task.Can 'Jaws' overcome the heaps of hurdles ahead to complete the job?
  • Megastructures: Rockeaters Of Iceland (Aka Iceland's Big Dig)
    A gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine,Jaws,is days away from finishing a difficult task.Can 'Jaws' overcome the heaps of hurdles ahead to complete the job?
  • Megastructures: Supertanker
    An exclusive access to the world's largest shipbuilders and shipyards, get the 1st hand view of the complexity in creating the hugh supertanker ships.
  • Megastructures: The Canton Tower (AKA World's Tallest Tv Tower)
    At 610m high, the Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower is the tallest television tower on Earth and the world's top ten tallest buildings.
  • Megastructures: The Canton Tower (AKA World;s Tallest Tv Tower)
    At 610m high, the Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower is the tallest television tower on Earth and the world;s top ten tallest buildings.
  • Megastructures: Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal - mother of all Mega Movers,lifting a mind-blowing 14,000 ships a year.With rising demands,can this mega mover handle the pressure?
  • Megastructures: Eco School
    Engineers are working with Mother Earth to build a self-sustainable Eco-school as a shelter for villagers against natural disasters.
  • Megastructures: Gardens By The Bay
    Gardens by the Bay is a mega structure unlike anything else on Earth. Three massive gardens will house thousands of plants from all over the planet.
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Store
    Shinsegae in Centum City, Busan, is the world's largest department store.
  • Megastructures: World's Tallest Skyscraper
    Soaring 2716 feet above the city of Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building.
  • Megastructures: Monster Shredder
    Follow one man’s challenge to build a mega-shredder from start to finish for the first time.
  • Megastructures: Penang Sea Bridge
    Building this 16.9 km long Marine structure will prove a challenge to the two construction giants from two different countries – Malaysia and China.
  • Megastructures: Malaysia MRT Urban Diggers
    Discover how the innovative Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine was developed.
  • Megastructures: Urban Mine
    Waste disposal giant, SDTI and eco-architects, Miniwiz, are teaming up to change the way electronic trash is recycled forever.
  • Megastructures: Abu Dhabi Super Tunnel
    The film follows a team of larger-than-life engineers and construction workers locked in a race against time!
  • Megastructures: World's First Floating LNG Factory
    As the world’s first floating LNG factory, PFLNG Satu sails off to an offshore gas field, too remote for conventional pipelines to access.
  • Megastructures: Astana. City of The Future
    This program will allow our audience to become familiar with the most extreme city on Earth - Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.
  • Megastructures: Louvre Abu Dhabi
    The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a visionary piece of architecture, ahead of its time, and quite possibly a work of art in its own right.
  • Megastructures: World's Greatest Concert Hall
    On top of an old warehouse in Hamburg, the architects of Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium are building a dramatic new concert hall.
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