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  • BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST

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Look at engineering leaps that have helped different types of structures go from big to bigger to biggest.

The race is on to become the world’s biggest. Crowned the biggest in their fields, structures like the 600-metre Burj Dubai skyscraper and the 99,000-ton USS Nimitz represent the most cutting-edge advances in architecture and engineering today. But these mind-blowing 21st century constructions would not be possible without the historical breakthroughs that propelled these fields to new heights.

This new four-part series Big, Bigger, Biggest examines the various engineering leaps that helped these structures become historical giants. How did bridges evolve in size from simple bamboo walkways to modern marvels such as Japan’s Akashi Bridge? And what advances have allowed buildings to grow from a few storeys in size to the modern skyscraper?

Skyscraper
and Bridge examine the world’s tallest building, the 600-metre Burj Dubai, and Japan’s Akashi Bridge – the world’s longest suspension bridge – to identify hundreds of years of innovation that have made these structures possible. A masterpiece based on a century of shipbuilding advancements, Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz is equipped with state-of-the-art catapults that launch F18 jets off the runway and two nuclear reactors that enable the ship to sail for 20 years without refuelling. London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in Airport builds off seven other airports’ clever designs to bring the airport’s annual number of passengers up to 100 million and to shuffle 4,000 bags an hour through 18 kilometres of conveyor belt.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Bridge, The
    The longest suspension bridge in the world stretching unsupported for nearly two miles over the Akashi Strait is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs have led to the development of this super-structure. From robots that paint it to the wires supporting its deck long enough to stretch over seven times around the world - to its earthquake proof towers.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Telescope
    Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the world's largest telescope - the Large Binocular Telescope - to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Canal Zone
    Look at engineering leaps that have helped different types of structures go from big to bigger to biggest
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Icebreaker
    Look at engineering leaps that have helped different types of structures go from big to bigger to biggest
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Metro
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Prison
    Explore the inner workings and incredible stories behind four landmark prisons, that each feature a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build more secure prisons.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Tower
    Big, Bigger, Biggest examines the various engineering leaps that helped huge structures become historical giants.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Train
    Look at the engineering leaps that have allowed different types of structures to evolve into Big, Bigger, Biggest.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Tunnel
    Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the world's longest Tunnel - the Gotthard Base Tunnel - to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Aircraft
    This film reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the world's biggest cargo aircraft - the Antonov 124 - to be developed.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Submarine
    Explore the inner workings of six landmark submarines, including the tiny Turtle and colossal German U-Boats. Each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build bigger and bigger submarines.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Space Station
    This film reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the worlds biggest space station the International Space Station to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Sky Wheel
    This film reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the world's largest observation wheel - the Singapore Flyer - to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Dome
    Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the world's largest spanning dome - the Oita Stadium in Japan - to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Cruise Ship
    This film reveals the technological leaps that have allowed the Independence of the Seas launched as the worlds biggest cruise ship in 2008 - to be developed.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Dam
    Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the worlds largest hydroelectric dam the Three Gorges Dam in China to be built.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Skyscraper
    The tallest man-made structure on Earth towering nearly half a mile into the sky is the Burj Dubai Skyscraper in the Persian Gulf. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build this super-structure.
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Oil Rig
    This film reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the world's largest Oil Platform - the Perdido Spar in the Gulf of Mexico - to be built.
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