Get an inside look at the planning and engineering behind creating some of the greatest buildings and machines ever made. ‘MegaStructures’ takes you inside the superstructures and all the inner workings that muscle together to make the structures function as a whole. Megastructures are all around us; skyscrapers in big cities, subway trains years ahead of their time. Discover these and more!
1. USS Ronald Reagan
First aired: 9/15/2004
The USS Ronald Reagan is a 4.5 billion dollars Nimitz-class supercarrier. Powered by 2 nuclear reactors, the 1100ft. long vessel is equipped with all the necessary facilities to house 6000 personnel and over 80 aircraft. Viewers are given an exclusive look at how the crew of these ‘floating naval base’ is put through a series of test in order to obtain their flight deck certification. Take a glimpse at the various facilities on the ship that keep the 6000 strong crew fed, rested, and entertained.
First aired: 9/19/2004
What began as a racing track, and thanks to Adolf Hitler’s World War II propaganda efforts, the track grew into a sophisticated high-speed road system, linking to almost all the major cities in Germany. The Autobahn boasts of having super thick road beds, 4% or less grades, wide lanes, and build on layers of technology. The Autobahn allows vehicles to travel at speeds exceeding 160km/h for roughly 2/3 of its roads. The episode profiles the operations of the highway cops, and their reliance on technology in training, monitoring of roads and various methods of arrest. It also looks at the ADAC, an automobile club, which provides on the spot road assistance. Nicknamed ‘The Yellow Angels’, they also provide air medical rescue. The system of maintenance of the Autobahn is also examined. All this infrastructure makes this mega structure into one of the world’s most safest super highway.
3. Channel Tunnel
First aired: 9/22/2004
The Channel Tunnel or Euro Tunnel is one of the world’s longest underground rail tunnels, and links England with France. Consisting of two rail tunnels and a small service tunnel in-between, they total 153 km in length. The documentary looks at the race between the British and the French to complete the tunneling of the Channel Tunnel and the obstacles faced in its construction.
Episode #4: Sears Tower
Original Airdate: September 29, 2004
The Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America, but how does this mega structure work? Understand the quirks of building and running a super-tall skyscraper by going deep inside this one-of-a-kind structure.
Episode #5: Kansai International Airport
Original Airdate: October 13, 2004
The Kansai Airport in Japan is considered to be one of the great engineering achievements in the world, second only to the Panama Canal. It is a state of the art facility that handles over a million passengers a week. It has all the operational problems of a normal International Airport, but on top of that it has to contend with typhoons, earthquakes and to top it all off - it's sinking! We will go behind the scenes to figure out how this feat of engineering works.
Episode #7: The Itaipu Dam
Original Airdate: October 27, 2004
The Itaipu Dam is the world's largest hydroelectric power plant and a triumph of giant-scale engineering. Find out how engineers and over forty thousand Brazilian and Paraguayan workers toiled around the clock to create this immense structure. Follow the story as they lay millions of tons of concrete, divert the course of the world's 7th largest river, and relocate thousands of people and animals in order to bring power to millions of people in two countries while overcoming impossible odds and breaking construction and engineering records.
Episode #8: Petronas Towers
Original Airdate: November 10, 2004
The 450 metre Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers on the planet, pushed the outer limits of construction technology and stand as a symbol of Malaysian pride and modernity - all in a country that had never built a mega skyscraper before. But building the towers was a construction challenge like no other - at every turn unexpected problems threatened the project. The towers were built in a torrential monsoon belt. The construction site wasn't made of bedrock but unstable sediment, and the towers were not made of lightweight steel but reinforced concrete. The six-year endeavour turned out to be a high-risk showcase project with a hugely ambitious schedule.
9. Inside a Super Casino
First aired: 12/1/2004
Megastructures gets an inside look into the 13-year design and construction of Atlantic City's towering new casino, the Borgata.
10. Golden Gate Bridge
First aired: 3/2/2005
In 1906, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 rocked San Francisco. An earthquake of similar or greater proportions is expected to occur in San Francisco again, and soon. The episode takes a look at the efforts that are being made to retrofit and strengthen America’s most recognized bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, before the next big earthquake happens. It also gives a brief history about the construction of the suspension bridge, and the people who were involved in its construction.
First aired: 3/16/2005
12. Inside The Pentagon
First aired: 4/1/2005
Cameras are taken inside the Pentagon for a rare look at the usual going ons in the Pentagon, and a look at how the important meetings might be conducted. High ranking military officials and politicians also share their feelings about the Pentagon.
Episode #13: World's Busiest Port
If you drive a Japanese car or drink Brazilian coffee, if the shirt you're wearing was stitched in Mexico or the Philippines, chances are that sometime in your life, something of yours passed through this port. Pick any day to view the floating city anchored in Singapore's port. 1000 ships loaded with cargo, headed for 600 ports, 123 countries, six continents. Straddling one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, this is the largest port on earth - a mega structure through which passes a third of the world's trade - moving at the pace of one ship every two minutes.
14. Tau Tona - City Of Gold
First aired: 5/27/2005
Located near Johannesburg, South Africa, the Tau Tona is a gold mine. The Tau Tona is the main economic life blood of Johannesburg, supplying half the world’s gold needs. It is the deepest and largest working mine in the world. Its main shaft is 3.6 km deep and consists of 800 km of tunneling. This episode gives viewers a tour of the dynamic systems involved in maintaining a working environment deep in the earth. It also provides a glimpse of what life as a mine worker is like in Tau Tona. Risking heat exhaustion, and with 10 earthquakes a day, the miners work through narrow tunnels to extract gold from a 25 cm thick gold vein.
15. Special. Las Vegas
First aired: 6/22/2005
Episode #16: Black Gold (aka Oil Mine)
Original Airdate: June 29, 2005
Just beneath the surface of Canada's Alberta forest sits the largest oil reserve in the world. Mother Nature has thrown a curveball though—the oil can't be pumped because it's trapped in sand, and extracting it is already causing major environmental impacts. Watch as multiple companies race to develop technologies to unlock the vast oil and profit hidden below Canada's forests.
Episode #17: Diamond Diggers (Ekati Diamond Mine)
Original Airdate: July 27, 2005
On the edge of the Canadian Arctic, the frigid Ekati Diamond Mine is one of the most remote mines on earth. To work in this brutal sub-Arctic land, Ekati demands some of the world's fiercest digging tools: a DeMag 655 hydraulic shovel so powerful that it scoops the weight of 900 school buses every hour, a Cat 793C haul truck so strong that it can carry the weight of three dozen elephants in one trip and enough explosives to demolish 50,000 tons of frozen granite in a single day. Diamond Diggers explores the volcanic history and incredible discovery of the frozen Ekati Mine, the inner workings of its monster machines that move mountains of gem-studded earth, and the extreme conditions braved by workers to unearth nearly five million carats of diamonds each year.
Episode #18: Sea Launch
Original Airdate: August 3, 2005
The two giant ships of Sea Launch, a NASA-like mission control and a launch pad floating on the ocean, form part of an outrageously expensive, multi-national venture for blasting commercial satellites into space. It's a story of spectacular engineering successes, and a couple of costly failed launches.
Episode #19: North Sea Wall
Original Airdate: August 17, 2005
The construction of this colossal hydraulic-powered moveable barrier is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering in history. Three sandbars were built up into islands to accommodate harbours, material yards and work sites. A dam connected two of the islands, effectively creating three channels in the estuaries; each protected by a section of the barrier. Described by the American Society of Civil Engineers as "One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World", the North Sea Wall has conquered the elements and defied the oceans.
Episode #20: Impossible Islands (Dubai's Palm Island)
Original Airdate: September 13, 2005
An enormous project is underway in the Arabian Gulf that will change the face of the coastline. It is so vast that it can be seen from space. Palm Jumeirah, one of the most audacious engineering projects the world has ever seen, is an artificial island in the shape of a massive palm tree. A breathtaking megastructure and an ambitious engineering feat, Palm Jumeirah is part of an even bigger plan to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations. But with only a few years to create this paradise island, it's a race against time. Besides the construction of the island, there is also the challenge of building a small city, including 4,500 luxury houses and apartments, 29 hotels, miles of roads, and all the utilities required by the thousands of people who will be living on and using this island including water, electricity, gas and sewage. The project is due for completion in 2008 - are they on course to meet their deadline? And what other megastructures has the Sheikh planned for Dubai?
21. Indy Motor Speedway
First aired: 9/13/2005
Episode #22: Port of Rotterdam (Super Port)
Original Airdate: September 20, 2005
The Port of Rotterdam is a marine freeway. Every day an unending parade of ships goes in and out, moving 350 million tons of cargo through the port each year. It's one of the biggest ports in the world and it's one of the most challenging to operate. Traffic, tricky currents, narrow channels and some of the biggest cargo ships in the world make it a mega-operation where the stakes are high, the potential for disaster ever present. As one of the world's busiest ports, Rotterdam manages to handle a huge number of ships because of highly specialised mega-movers and expert coordination. But today the Harbor Control's skills and machines will be put to the test - Rotterdam is about to receive three of the largest, most challenging ships on the planet: The Berge Stahl, the world's largest dry bulk carrier, hauling 350,000 tonnes of iron ore; the Mighty Servant 3, delivering an entire oil rig weighing 6,000 tonnes; and the Savannah Express, hauling 8400 containers - the second largest container ship in the world.
Episode #23: Air Force Transport (Mega Plane)
When the U.S military needs another tank or half-dozen helicopters, there is only one way to get the goods quickly: the C-5 Galaxy aircraft, a plane that redefines jumbo. This mega mover is a flying warehouse, it's almost as long as a football field and stretches six stories high. With a wingspan of 68 metres, a cruising speed of 788 kilometres per hour and a cargo compartment as big as an eight-lane bowling alley, the C-5 can move big things almost anywhere in a hurry. Its range is virtually limitless - with the help of an air tanker, the C-5 is able to gas up while in flight. Air Force Transport profiles the C-5 Galaxy's critical mission: transporting 58,513 kilograms of armour to troops in Iraq and reveals the secrets behind flying some of the world's heaviest loads.
Episode #24: North Branch Correctional Institution (Hi-tech Prison)
Original Airdate: December 13, 2005
Security measures in the North Branch Correctional Institution are more than technological marvels—they will protect prison guards and revolutionize rehabilitation programs for inmates. See the secret control rooms, remote-controlled cameras, impenetrable steel doors, the latest engineering feats that offer new safety from—and hope for—the most dangerous criminals.
25. World's Biggest Airliner (Airbus A380)
First aired: 10/4/2005
It is the largest passenger plane ever built and it is a 12 billion dollar investment. The episode documents the history of the Airbus A380, from its design concept, its interior features, the precision manufacturing, the logistics, the final assembly and its final maiden flight.
26. USS Virginia
First aired: 10/11/2005
The USS Virginia is the US newest class of attack submarines. Built as a more cost effective submarine than the old Seawolf class, the new submarine is also faster to build. The supersub is equipped with a nuclear powered reactor, advanced spying abilities to see and hear better, auto-navigation systems, various ballistic missiles and torpedoes, has stealth capabilities, is able to deploy navy seals, and can remain motionless in the waters for 3 months. The episode looks at the history of the USS Virginia. It looks at how Electric Boat first began the use of 3D computer aided designs to develop the designs for the new class of attack submarine, their joint cooperation with Northrop to manufacture the submarine, and the vital training that the submarine crew is subjected to.
27. Ultimate Casino
First aired: 10/18/2005
The Venetian in Las Vegas is the ultimate casino. Dreamed up and owned by Sheldon Adelson, the Venetian replicates the beautiful Venice in Italy. Megastructures looks at how this Las Vegas hotel and casino was built. The documentary includes brief comments from the Venetian's Theme Design Director, Robert Hlusack.
Episode #28: The Ultimate Roller Coaster
Original Airdate: October 25, 2005
How would it feel to go from zero to 205 kph in three and a half seconds? Ride the world's fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka and find out. Located at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in New Jersey, U.S. this monster thrill ride is also the world's tallest roller coaster, with its highest point at a record-setting 45 stories. In this episode of MegaStructures, find out how workers overcome some of the most difficult engineering and weather challenges to design and construct the world record-breaking ride. Join the designers as they test their creation and follow the entire construction process from its slow and steady start through to its dramatic and heart-racing finish.
Episode #29: NORAD (Spy Fortress) (original Airdate: November 8, 2005)
When the Cold War was looming, the United States and Canada built an aerospace defense command center deep inside a Colorado mountain. But it wasn't easy.... It was a race against time as the military overcame engineering and technical challenges to build NORAD before it became too late!
Episode #30: Berlin Train Terminal (Berlin's Grand Central)
Original Airdate: November 15, 2005
In Berlin a construction team races to finish Europe's newest and largest train station, before millions of fans descend on the city for the World Cup. To meet this deadline, engineers will tip two massive steel towers over the station's newly completed glass roof in just two days. The new station is a bold symbol of German reunification. It sits squarely on the former border between East and West Germany. More importantly, it connects Europe's two main rail routes: from Paris to Moscow, and from Stockholm to Vienna - placing Berlin firmly at the centre of a new Europe. Designed by world famous architect Meinhard Von Gerkan, it is sheathed almost entirely in glass. Follow this daring team as they attempt an engineering feat never before accomplished in construction history.
Episode #31: Boston's Big Dig
Original Airdate: November 22, 2005
How do you dig a 'state of the art' ten-lane tunnel highway directly underneath the downtown area of one of the busiest cities in America? And how do you do this without disrupting the daily life of that city? The Boston Big Dig is one of the largest, most complex and technologically ambitious city transformations ever undertaken. An entire transport network is being built under and around this living city. The construction will cost more than the Panama Canal and Hoover Dam combined - $15 billion dollars and climbing. When completed it will transform one of America's oldest cities into one of the worlds most modern.
32. Ultimate Oil Rigs
First aired: 12/6/2005
The dwindling energy supplies have forced oil companies to set up their oil rigs in some of the harshest environments on the globe. Ultimate Oil Rigs introduces viewers to the Noble Piet, an oil rig built to withstand the fury of the natural elements of the North Sea. The episodes follows the roughnecks as they drill for natural gases deep under the ocean bed. As well as follow the crew of Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore in the designing and building of 23 rigs within 2 years.
First aired: 12/13/2005
Episode #34: Millau Bridge (aka World's Tallest Bridge)
Original Airdate: December 20, 2005
Opened in 2004, the Millau Viaduct in Southern France is the tallest bridge in the world. At 343 metres it is almost a third taller than any other. With the roadway above the clouds, many believe it to also be most beautiful.
35. Mega Ship
First aired: 12/27/2005
The episodes documents the 134,000 ton Mega Ship's voyage through the pirate infested waters of the Singapore and Malacca Straits carrying millions of dollars of precious cargo. From the bridge to the engine room, Megastructures follow Captain Llewellyn as he guides his ship to the port of Singapore.
36. Berlin Wall
First aired: 3/14/2006
Episode #37: Impossible Bridges: Greece
The Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, with a continuously suspended deck of over two kilometres. The challenges of building a bridge across the Strait of Corinth stumped architects for over a century. Built directly over a seismic fault line, the bridge spans water more than sixty metres deep where bedrock is found only deep below the surface. For millennia, movements in the Earth's crust have been splitting Greece. Find out how designers and engineers overcame nature's worst to make Greece whole again.
Episode #38: Impossible Bridges: Denmark To Sweden
Denmark and Sweden are linked again for the first time since being landlocked 7,000 years ago during the Ice Age. The world's longest single bridge carrying both road and railway traffic, the Oresund, now connects these neighbours. Follow the progress of this project from its inception in the early 1990s to its opening in 2000 and the challenges faced by the designers, engineers, and construction team, as they build a structure that radically changes the face of Scandinavia. The solutions they employ in tackling three very separate projects, the centrepiece of which is this massive bridge, challenge traditional building techniques. Find out what extreme equipment, massive supplies and innovative designs it takes to create this unique ten mile link.
Episode #39: The Hoover Dam
It took five years to build. When completed in 1936, Hoover Dam was one of the world's largest hydroelectric facilities. Today, it generates 4 billion kilowatt-hours of energy a year, enough to serve 1.3 million people. An astonishing 660 feet thick at its base, the dam needs to be strong enough to store up to two years' worth of the Colorado River's average water flow.
40. Inside NCIS
First aired: 5/30/2006
Episode #41: Garbage Mountain
It's big, it's nasty but it's more than just a hole in the ground. Puente Hills is Los Angeles' dirtiest suburb. Mammoth machines trundle around a pile of trash twenty stories high. Man and technology are pitted in battle against a tidal wave of waste. Some landfills take in 2,000 tons of trash a day but America's largest active dump takes in that amount each hour. Take a spin in the 120,000 lb Bomag Compactor with its 55-inch garbage crushing steel wheels. Puente Hills powers over 100,000 homes and a fleet of vehicles with the landfill's methane gas. Sift through the gargantuan world of garbage and find out what happens to your trash when you're not looking.
42. Tanks: Machines of War
First aired: 8/17/2006
Episode #43: Supertanker
These giants of the sea can hold the energy equivalent to 60 Hiroshima bombs and help sustain the global economy. Discover how these incredible ships are designed and built.
44. Missiles: Machines of War
First aired: 9/7/2006
Episode #45: Steel
Steel is one of the strongest materials on earth. It has altered civilisations and changed the course of history. From the soaring skylines in a vast metropolis to dinner tables across the world and razor sharp tools responsible for medical miracles: steel has helped sculpt life as we know it. Come face to face with this alloy's marvellous simplicity and the grand and innovative structures it has given birth to, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.
Episode #46: Megafactories: Apache Helicopter
The Apache is perhaps the most lethal attack helicopter in the world. Pass through the security protocols at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona, to see how this battle tank of the air is built. How it is engineered to be a stealth fighter, flying low over the battlefield, resistant to heavy groundfire. Built to take multiple hits yet bring its pilots home. How it is engineered to hide its tracks as it steals through the skies, to evade enemy radar and heat-seeking missiles. How it sports some of the most sophisticated military technology on the planet. Workers at the Boeing plant, and the men who actually fight the battles and return home in the Apache, reveal the secrets of this deadly fighting machine.
47. Guns: Machines of War
First aired: 10/12/2006
Episode #48: Panama Canal
Original Airdate: October 19, 2006
Lifting a mind-blowing 14,000 ships a year over a nine-storey mountain range, the Panama Canal relies on some of the mightiest machines in the world: gargantuan locks, a colossal crane, and the world's largest dipper dredge. This is one of the trickiest waterways in the world, but thousands of ships risk it every year to deliver their goods faster. Demand is so high, traffic never stops and plans for a bigger, better canal are underway. Can the mother of all mega movers handle the pressure?
Episode #49: Built from Brick (aka Science of Bricks)
It was used to construct the Great Wall of China and it's still used by builders today. Find out how bricks are made and why this old-fashioned technology has lasted for centuries.
Episode #50: Concrete
The building block of the Roman Empire is also the material of choice for a new generation of gravity-defying skyscrapers. From the sidewalks of New York to the fast-growing Burj Dubai (slated to be the world's tallest building when it is completed in 2008), the most widely used building material on Earth continues to be a crucial tool of engineers and architects alike. Concrete's footprint is everywhere but the quiet power of this ""liquid rock"" is too often taken for granted. Cross the globe, visiting the break-neck construction in Dubai and the batch plants of the Panama Canal as well as the concrete pours of Hoover Dam before travelling back in time to see one of the first concrete icons, the Pantheon in Rome.
Episode #51: Megafactories: Ferrari
It is the world's most famous sports car. Go behind the scenes of Ferrari's top-secret factory in Marnello, Italy, to see why vehicles bearing the Prancing Stallion emblem are so highly prized. Out of molten metal is born the latest, most powerful sports car that will top 200 miles an hour. Incredible robots and spectacular processes at every point in the production line are filmed with special close-up lenses and illustrated with advanced 3D graphics. Learn the design secrets of Ferrari's newest car and put the pedal to the metal with a test drive on Ferrari's private race track.
Episode #52: "Money Factory" // U.S. Treasury
Episode #53: Impossible Bridges: China
China is having a bridge-building boom in the lead up to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008. Three ultimate bridges call this nation home: the Lupu is the longest arch bridge in the world, the Runyang is the largest suspension bridge in China (third longest in the world) and the Sutong is soon to be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Tall enough to straddle huge cargo ships and strong enough to withstand powerful earthquakes and typhoon-force winds, these bridges aren't anything but mega. But to build these structures engineers have to overcome enormous challenges. They battle floods, unstable soil, strong currents, and potential ship collisions. See the amazing solutions they must devise to construct three of the world's most astonishing Mega Bridges.
Episode #54: Ultimate Sub
Ultimate Sub deconstructs a mystery machine that few of us have seen up close - and even fewer fully understand. How can a super-size hunk of heavy metal, packed to the gills with fragile humans, dominate an underwater world where the pressure is so intense it could crush you to death in seconds? Focusing on the latest-generation submarine, the USS Texas, as well as other international subs, Ultimate Sub tells the story of this incredible invention. Through exclusive access to training missions, CGI and recreation, we'll show how today's submarines defy the imagination: they dive deeper, are quieter (and deadlier) and are capable of feats that would amaze even science fiction writers. We also investigate what happened in some historic accidents and show how new technologies seek to prevent future calamities.
Episode #55: Ice Hotel
10,000 tons of crystal clear ice and 30,000 tons of pure snow are needed to build the Ice Hotel in Sweden every year. The hotel accommodates over 100 guests and every bedroom is unique. It has become renowned for its ingenuity and originality but it isn't the only structure created from ice. A little further into Sweden's northern wilderness is a network of roads that are created every winter on top of the Baltic Sea. Witness the construction and disappearance of two of the world's most unique Megastructures.
Episode #56: Rockeaters (Iceland's Big Dig)
Six hundred feet below the surface of Iceland's remote Eastern highlands, a gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine grinds constantly. Over 25 feet in diameter and nine miles down through solid basalt, one of the world's hardest rocks, 'Jaws' is just days away from finishing a tunnel it's spent two years creating. The passageway is the lynchpin in a massive hydro-electric project that plans to use the melt water from a massive glacier to make electricity. With water bursts turning the tunnel into a river, the constant danger of rock falls and mechanical breakdowns bringing Jaws to a standstill, the chances of missing the target are high. It takes a team of surveyors, geologists and operators to turn some very complicated math into reality and a mega mover with plenty of punch. Will Jaws breakthrough or bust?
Episode #57: Super Pipeline
By 2008, Norway will be connected to the United Kingdom via a 1,200 km super pipeline - the longest sub sea pipeline in the world. But this connection is just one part of an enormous plan to tap into Norway's second largest gas deposit, capable of providing 20 percent of the UK's gas needs for decades to come. Located 3 km below the ocean's surface and 120 km offshore, the deposit is beyond human reach. All construction has to be completed by robots working against strong underwater currents, sub-zero temperatures and extreme wind and wave conditions. When tapped, the gas will be transported to one of the largest automated gas processing plants to prepare it for shipment to Britain. Each phase of this tricky project puts ingenuity and engineering to the ultimate test.
Episode #58: Deep Sea Drillers
In an attempt to tap some of the most inaccessible natural gas on the planet, five hi-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. This massive floating platform stretches over 80 metres and towers almost 34 stories high. If the mega movers succeed in creating this deep sea gas project, the system will produce a whopping 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day, enough to supply nearly 5 million US households. But if the mega movers can't synchronise perfectly to make the complex gas gathering station work, the project will be nothing but a US$2 billion mistake.
Episode #59:"Ultimate Chopper" // AgustaWestland EH101
Episode #60: Megafactories: Harley-Davidson
The Harley-Davidson V-Rod is the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to go from 0 to 96 kilometres per hour in just 3.52 seconds - nearly twice as fast as any other Harley-Davidson bike. With its thrilling speed, liquid-cooled engine and exterior frame, the V-Rod represents a number of important firsts for Harley-Davidson. At the Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, US, it is up to the engineers, designers and factory workers to ensure the V-Rod can handle the high speeds for which it was designed, whilst maintaining the signature Harley-Davidson style consumers have come to love. Robots engage in a carefully choreographed dance to create the motorcycle's unique frame and remove any kinks. The engine assembly line, which puts together the V-Rod's powerful V-Twin engine, includes miniature cameras that monitor for any missing parts. Inside this mega factory, workers also build the V-Rod's custom-made cousins: Screamin' Eagle V-Rod and the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod Destroyer, the fastest factory-built drag racer ever made.
61."Megafactories: Corvette" //
62."Megafactories: Trucks" // Peterbilt trucks
63."Megafactories: Tanks" // M1 Abrams
64."Huge Moves: Colossal Churches" // moving churches
65."Huge Moves: Historic Homes" // moving houses
66."Huge Moves: Massive Machines" // lifting a train into the London Underground/lifting a sunken floatplane from a lake bed
67."Huge Moves: Total Towns" // moving floating houses to Victoria, Canada/building houses and moving them to make a new neighbourhood
Episode #68: Future Trains
Speeding at 430 kph, a futuristic magnetic levitation train links the Pudong International Airport with Shanghai's Longyang Road Station. The 30 km journey between air strip and financial district is now only an eight minute joyride. As the world's first commercial electromagnetic levitation train system, MAGLEV combines the technology of conventional rail and the time advantages of air travel to produce a safe, energy efficient and low-maintenance form of transport that could change the face of 21st century travel.
Episode #69: World Island Wonder (aka Building the World)
Dubai's desert landscape is transforming itself into the tourist capital of Earth, and the location of the most audacious reclaimed land project to date. From the depths of the Arabian Gulf, 300 new islands are appearing above the waves to form the world map. It's so large it can be seen from space and so challenging to build that it threatens to push the construction team to the limit. Go on a rollercoaster journey through the story of The World Islands and see how an extraordinary dream is being transformed into an amazing reality.
Episode #70: Dubai's Dream Palace
Dubai is on the verge of entering the new millennium but is faced with a serious problem. The oil is running dry and the emirate needs an urgent solution. The ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a brainwave to turn Dubai into the world's number-one tourist destination, and the idea for the iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel is born. It's an audacious dream. The project team will have to build the first reclaimed island in the Middle East and construct the world's tallest atrium, a helipad 650 feet in the air and a cantilever restaurant. It will push the team to their limits but, if they succeed, they will put Dubai on the map and secure its future for the 21st Century.
71."Bridge of Mostar"
Episode #72: World's Biggest Shredder
Experience the mighty mega shredder. The world's largest recycling machine takes the floor space of an entire factory. It reduces the equivalent of 450 cars an hour to an unrecognisable pulp. And that's just one part of the 9 million tonnes of scrap metal spat from the jaws of the world's biggest metal shredder every year. Hauling away the fragments of what were once refrigerators and other household goods demands the services of a gargantuan gantry crane. In only 72 hours that crane will fill a 30,000 tonne cargo ship that in turn will lug the precious scraps onto the world metal recycling market.
Episode #73: World Trade Centre Bahrain
Witness the Bahrain World Trade Centre. Two 50-storey glass "sails" rise over 240 metres into the sky along the shores of the Persian Gulf. This unique architectural marvel is powered in part by a revolutionary new means for a building this size - wind. This is the world's first large-scale integration of wind turbines into a skyscraper. Three massive turbines supply clean power to the buildings. Explore the science behind the concept and discover how engineers and construction crews tackle this audacious project. In an oil-rich region of the world, the team transforms the vision to reality and looks to the future, committed to a renewable energy source of mega proportions.
Episode #74: Hawaii Super Ferry
Construction is underway on the Hawaii Super Ferry. This Mega-Mover will be the largest aluminium vessel of its kind ever built in the US - a floating city complete with shops, restaurants and enough storage space to stash nearly 300 cars. It is designed to ride the big waves of Hawaii and forge new routes for inter-island commerce and travel. A team of workers in Alabama must convert the innovative design into a functional ferry, built for stability and speed. Will they succeed?
Episode #75: Queen Mary 2
The Queen Mary 2 is the biggest passenger ship ever built. Three times bigger than the R.M.S. Titanic and weighing in at 150 thousand tonnes, Queen Mary 2’s design must be revolutionary to keep it afloat. Breaking all records it is the tallest, longest, widest, strongest and fastest of all liners, but is also the most expensive, costing almost a billion dollars to complete. Despite all this, it is also the most manoeuvrable, able to turn unaided a full 360 degrees, in port. Examine the engineering genius behind one of the most impressive Megastructures in the world.
Episode #76: South Pole Station
Welcome to the South Pole, one of the most isolated places on the planet. For decades, the South Pole has been a haven for astronomy, climatology and other science fields. Now, nearly 50 years after the first research station was built, a team of mega-builders is daring to construct a 21st century science research facility: the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. But it will be fraught with challenges - construction materials must arrive by air and planes can only land here four months of the year. Worse, builders have just 100 days every season to construct this behemoth, battling the endless snow accumulation and unpredictable weather. If the team succeeds, they'll pull off the largest construction project ever attempted at the South Pole. But if they fail, they could leave an entire community hanging on ice.
77."Ancient Megastructures:Chartes Cathedral" //
78."Ancient Megastructures:Colosseum" //
79."Ancient Megastructures:The Great Pyramid" //
Episode #80: Megafactories: BMW
Take a behind-the-scenes tour and gain insight into BMW's high-tech and innovative manufacturing plants as they create the sleek and stylish Z4 Roadster.
Episode #81: Megafactories: Corvette
Go behind the scenes at Corvette, where they create the ZO6 supercar. It has a unique, hand-built, powerful engine that can propel it to speeds of 200mph.
Episode #82: Beijing Water Cube
Just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, workers are feverishly putting the finishing touches on the National Aquatics Centre – the Beijing Water Cube. A stroke of design genius, this Olympic Megastructure is a steel honeycomb-like frame enclosed entirely by a unique skin, modelled after soap bubbles. Using 90 kilometres worth of steel in 22,000 beams following no conventional straight lines, the Beijing Water Cube must be topped with 100,000 square metres of bubbles. Looking for a truly unique covering, the design team focuses on ETFE – a light-weight plastic invented to protect spaceships from cosmic radiation. Among ETFE’s unique properties, dot patterns on its surface can trap solar energy in the winter and reflect solar energy in the summer, keeping the building cool. The Beijing Water Cube is the largest ETFE construction in the world, and because of its honeycomb-like structure, 3,500 ETFE bubbles must be cut individually, and sized. Factor in that the dimensions have been created in Germany and must be translated into a Chinese database and the Beijing Water Cube becomes a bit of a logistical nightmare. Beijing’s Water Cube represents a true morphing of molecular science, architecture and structural engineering.
Episode #83: Deep Earth Drillers (aka Steam Drillers)
Journey around the globe in search of what is perhaps Earth's most available green energy: geothermal power. Visit Iceland, where an abundance of geothermal energy is helping Icelanders achieve an incredible 70 per cent green energy use overall. Explore the world's largest geothermal power complex in northern California, and hear from scientists and visionaries racing to help geothermal technology not just dig deeper into the Earth's hottest layers but also to try to expand the potential of geothermal power across the planet.
Episode #84: Deep Ocean Port
Yangshan Deep Water Port is located in the middle of the ocean, 30km from dry land. With 20km of quay and 50 berths, Yangshan is destined to become the biggest deep water port ever built.
Episode #85: Shanghai Super Tower
The Shanghai World Financial Centre will, on completion, be mainland China's tallest building. At 101 floors tall, the skyscraper has been built to withstand anything nature and man can throw at it.
Episode #86: Ultimate Skyscraper, NYC
Visit amazing construction and engineering projects as building experts employ green technology on a mega scale.
87. Fire Truck
With more horsepower than 30 Ferraris, CAT make the biggest mining trucks in the world, with 12ft wheels and engines bigger than a car.
90. Megafactories: Winnebago
91. Atom Smasher
The Large Hadron Collider is a titan of science. A monster of engineering, the biggest computer game in the world.
Episode #92: World's Biggest Casino
Groomed as Asia's gambling capital, Macau is home to the world's largest casino - the Venetian. We follow the construction of the resort which will include a huge hotel, 15,000 seat arena and a canal.
Megastructures Breakdown: Extreme Bridge Demolition
A young demolition team must lower an historic bridge to recycle 25,000 tons of steel, concrete and rebar (steel bars used to reinforce concrete), all while testing their limits, fighting the elements and racing against a ticking clock.
94."Sinking An Aircraft Carrier"
95."Icelandic Super Dam"
96: Beijing Olympic Stadium
You can't host the Olympics without a world-class facility and, for 2008, China's gearing up to do the honours by building one of the world's largest enclosed facilities - the Beijing National Stadium. 42,000 tons of twisted steel and a stadium to seat 90,000 people - one of the biggest and most ambitious constructions projects ever attempted in modern China. Against the backdrop of China's rush to the Olympics, examine the unique features of the "bird's nest" stadium, following its design, engineering and construction up until the ultimate test, where Games organisers will find out if this ambitious project is ready in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXIX Olympiad.