2018 09 24 15 00
Sinking Wings And Sinking A Ship
This summer Howard Robins will be blasting a massive naval ship off the coast of BC with explosives to make it sink with a bang. It’s all part of a plan to make a new artificial reef for divers.
2018 09 25 15 00
Madrid'S Big Dig
The city of Madrid has hired a team of top-notch German engineers to design the only tunneling machine in the world big enough to bury its busy ring road deep underground. Now the Germans have to ship the monster 15.2-meter machine to Spain, put it all together and start tunneling. The schedule is a killer. Assemble the hundreds of thousands of parts to exacting standards in only seven weeks. There’s a major complication -- a huge culture clash between the super-efficient German chief mechanic and the Spanish construction workers he’s depending on to get finished in time. Plus, the whole German team is intimidated by the super-power of their untested mega-machine.
2018 09 26 15 00
Crossing The Colorado
A team of the toughest construction workers in the world has taken on the building of the biggest concrete arch bridge in North America -- right next to the famous Hoover Dam. The job description is death-defying: blast huge foundations out of sheer rock cliffs in the scorching desert heat, swing from cables in high winds, and work with risky new crane technology that’s never been tried before. Only the bravest need apply.
2018 09 27 15 00
An international team of the best construction engineers on the planet are building the world's tallest skyscraper in the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai. At close to three quarters of a kilometer high, the Burj Dubai's will push these engineer and construction workers wits to the limit as they face the fierce desert heat and wind, making history at stratospheric heights.
2018 09 28 15 00
A 'rescue tunnel' must be cut to free one of The World's Largest Machines stuck head first in The World's Longest Tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Swiss Alps, a key link in Europe's expanding high speed rail network. Tunnel Boring Machines are so big - this one is unstable sand, water and gravel that marooned Gabi 2 in the first place. It's a delicate job. One miscalculation and the fault zone could collapse in a landslide into the rescue tunnel setting the project back much longer than the five months Gabi 2 has already been trapped. the length of four soccer fields - you don't back them up! So Tunnel Manager Erich Kapeller must cut a 'rescue tunnel' to the front of Gabi 2 to free it. The problem is Kapeller's team must thread its rescue tunnel through the same fault zone of unstable sand, water and gravel that marooned Gabi 2 in the first place. It's a delicate job. One miscalculation and the fault zone could collapse in a landslide into the rescue tunnel setting the project back much longer than the five months Gabi 2 has already been trapped.