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  • MEGASTRUCTURES

  • Thursday 23 October at 8:00AM
  • National Geographic Channel

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Take an eye-popping look at the greatest structures and machines ever created as we focus on some of the world's modern-day super-human miracles of construction.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Megastructures: Future Bridge
    Follow the record-breaking effort to rebuild the Minneapolis I-35W bridge in only 17 months, with a focus on its unique engineering.
  • Megastructures: The Round Skycraper
    Following the construction of a truly remarkable building – the Aldar HQ building in Abu Dhabi – from conception to completion.
  • Megastructures: The Leaning Tower Of Abu Dhabi
    The Capital Gate building will create an iconic and avant-garde entrance to the city of Abu Dhabi, leaning at a record-breaking 18 degrees.
  • Megastructures: The Round Skyscraper
    Following the construction of a truly remarkable building – the Aldar HQ building in Abu Dhabi – from conception to completion.
  • Megastructures: Air Crane Helicopter
    Take a look at the phenomenally powerful Air-Crane heavy-lift helicopter, capable of carrying out gruelling work with surgical precision.
  • Megastructures: World's Tallest TV Tower
    The elegant Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower is one of the world's tallest buildings. Find out how it is designed to withstand Mother Nature.
  • Megastructures: Super Ski Lift
    Follow the staggering $25 million project to 'super size' the famous aerial tram at Jackson Hole, with some parts constructed at over 4,000ft.
  • Megastructures: Reinventing The Hoover Dam
    The Hoover Dam is an iconic piece of American engineering. But how would modern engineers have tackled the project?
  • Megastructures: Electric Ocean
    The ocean could be our most valuable source of green energy. Three teams of engineers seek the best way to generate electricity using its power.
  • Megastructures: Ice Breakers
    Examine the vessels that keep the world's shipping lanes open and follow the construction of the largest commercial icebreaker ever built.
  • Megastructures: The Grand Mosque
    Containing both the world's largest chandelier and the world's biggest carpet, explore the remarkable Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
  • Megastructures: Britain's New Railway
    Explore one of the largest engineering projects in UK history: High Speed One, the groundbreaking high-speed rail link between London and Paris.
  • Megastructures: Queen Mary 2
    In 1998, long after the golden age of ocean liner travel had ended, an American billionaire decides to fulfil his dream and build the largest ocean liner on the planet in record time.
  • Megastructures: World's Fastest Roller Coaster
  • Megastructures: Spaceport America
    Time was, if you wanted to leave earth, you needed a government ride. But in the very desert that helped give birth to the Space Age, Spaceport America will rise. The space version of an airport, it's a revolution in travel, with a revolutionary design to match. Yet the spaceport faces a world of hurdles. "Probably the most complicated project I've ever been on," says an engineer. The site sits in the middle of nowhere: no roads, no water, no power. And the spaceport won't be built unless a rancher controlling the land for a runway changes her mind.
  • Megastructures: Supertanker
    Revealing the remarkable secrets of these gods of the seas: the size, the technology, the power and the incredible science behind the engineering and design. With exclusive access to the world's largest shipbuilders and shipyards.
  • Megastructures: Queen Mary 2
    In 1998, long after the golden age of ocean liner travel had ended, an American billionaire decides to fulfil his dream and build the largest ocean liner on the planet in record time.
  • Megastructures: South Pole Station
    For decades the South Pole has been a haven for astronomy and climatology. Now, despite the inhospitable conditions, a project is under way to build a 21st-century research facility.
  • Megastructures: Ice Hotel
    Every year thousands of tons of ice and snow are needed to build the Ice Hotel. Witness the construction and disappearance of this most unique megastructure.
  • Megastructures: Atom Smasher
    The Large Hadron Collider is a titan of science. Built on an unsurpassed scale, scientists aim to capture the smallest particles in the universe.
  • Megastructures: The Ultimate Rollercoaster
    Follow the building of Kingda Ka, the world's fastest and tallest rollercoaster. Designed to go from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and 45 stories tall, Kingda Ka is a structural giant.
  • Megastructures: Deep Earth Drillers
    Explore the world's largest geothermal power complex as scientists and visionaries try to expand the potential of geothermal power across the planet.
  • Megastructures: The World's Busiest Port
    Straddling one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, this is the port of call for a quarter of the world's containers and half the world's supply of oil. Now, imagine if something at this port were to go horribly wrong...
  • Megastructures: Diamond Diggers
    At the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories, meet the world's most hardcore mining machines: the D90 rotary blast drill, the DeMag 655 hydraulic shovel, and the CAT 793C haul truck.
  • Megastructures: Channel Tunnel
    Construction of the most expensive railway tunnel in history suffered from flood and roof collapse, but technology finally saved the day.
  • Megastructures: Future Trains
    Speeding at 430 km/h, a futuristic magnetic levitation train turns a 30 km journey into an eight-minute joyride. Safe and efficient MAGLEV technology could change the way we travel in the future.
  • Megastructures: Garbage Mountain
    Uncover the giant world of garbage at America's largest active mega-dump in Puente Hills, California. Here, a record 2,000 tonnes of rubbish are processed in an hour.
  • Megastructures: Money Factory
    Explore America's mammoth money-making industry, a secretive world of monster machines, impenetrable vaults and an army of guards, all supporting the world's most powerful economy.
  • Megastructures: Oil Mine
    There is enough oil in the icy wasteland of Canada's northern plains to free the US and Canada from dependence on Saudi Arabia within nine years.
  • Megastructures: Super Pipeline
    A 1,200 km super pipeline connecting Norway and the UK is only part of the plan to tap into Norway's second largest gas deposit.
  • Megastructures: World Trade Centre Bahrain
    The Bahrain World Trade Centre stands proud at over 240 metres tall and is powered by a revolutionary method – wind. Explore the science behind this unique architectural marvel.
  • Megastructures: Ferrari Rollercoaster
    Find out how the world's most impressive buildings are constructed, as this series explores impressive engineering across the globe.
  • Megastructures: Future Bridge
    Follow the record-breaking effort to rebuild the Minneapolis I-35W bridge in only 17 months, with a focus on its unique engineering.
  • Megastructures: Deep Sea Highway
    South Korea never constructed a submerged tunnel, but now tackles the challenge of building one of the deepest immersed highways on Earth.
  • Megastructures: Space Port America
    Witness the plans and challenges of erecting a revolutionary space port in the middle of the desert in America.
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge
    To save one of the most iconic engineering wonders of all time requires the creation of another masterpiece: the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.
  • Megastructures: Dubai Mega Mall
    Central to Dubai's leisure revolution, the colossal Dubai Mall offers 'Everything You Desire' – from 1,200 shops to an Olympic-sized ice rink!
  • Megastructures: Pearl River Tower
    Discover how a multitude of energy efficient technologies power China's Pearl River Tower, one of a new generation of super skyscrapers.
  • Megastructures: Extreme Railway
    Crossing some of the planet's toughest terrain at high altitude, the 1000km Qinghai-Tibet railway is an extraordinary feat of engineering.
  • Megastructures: Singapore Vegas
    The secrets behind Singapore's Marina Bay Sands development, which includes hotels, a museum, casino, waterfront promenade and theatres.
  • Megastructures: Ferrari Rollercoaster
    Find out how the world's most impressive buildings are constructed, as this series explores impressive engineering across the globe.
  • Megastructures: Itaipu Dam
    The Itaipu Dam is the world's largest hydro-electric power plant and a triumph of engineering. Discover how it was built against impossible odds.
  • Megastructures: World's Biggest Tent
    World-renowned architect Norman Foster details his plans for a space-age entertainment centre in the capital of Kazakhstan.
  • Megastructures: Dubai's 5-Star Racecourse
    Built in the middle of the desert, the new Meydan racecourse will define raceday luxury. But will it be finished in time for the Dubai World Cup?
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