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Sep 18th
100p

Gautrain

South Africa is a country in transformation. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, changes continue to shift the social, economic and political landscape. The Gautrain, pronounced “how-train”, is a major $3 billion (US) commuter train project that will link Johannesburg and its International airport in the south and Pretoria in the north – in “Gauteng province.” In some ways it’s a symbol of the country’s transformation -- both its successes and limitations.
Sep 18th
200p

Quake Proof Bridge

Six years after piles were pounded into the muddy bottom of San Francisco Bay the new Bay Bridge is about to be topped off. In March the final segment on the 525 foot tall central tower will be hoisted into place. It’s a huge milestone on a unique bridge that’s ingeniously engineered to be quake proof at every level.
Sep 19th
200a

Gautrain

South Africa is a country in transformation. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, changes continue to shift the social, economic and political landscape. The Gautrain, pronounced “how-train”, is a major $3 billion (US) commuter train project that will link Johannesburg and its International airport in the south and Pretoria in the north – in “Gauteng province.” In some ways it’s a symbol of the country’s transformation -- both its successes and limitations.
Sep 19th
300a

Quake Proof Bridge

Six years after piles were pounded into the muddy bottom of San Francisco Bay the new Bay Bridge is about to be topped off. In March the final segment on the 525 foot tall central tower will be hoisted into place. It’s a huge milestone on a unique bridge that’s ingeniously engineered to be quake proof at every level.
Sep 21st
900a

Tunnel Vission

Mega Deep under the Swiss alps there is a light at the end of the world’s longest tunnel. This April, after twelve long years it will be completely cut end to end. The tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are just metres away from their final destination and preparations for the breakthrough are underway. When the gigantic cutter head claws through the final section of alpine rock face an excited crowd of miners and VIPs will be watching underground while thousands of others take in a live broadcast on Swiss television.Builders is a series about the biggest, most complex and most dangerous building projects in the world, where specialists strive to break through the front lines of engineering. The plans are huge. Skills and persistence intersect on blueprints that have never been seen before. Failure could not only be public, it may also be lethal.
Sep 22nd
300a

Wave Machine

Although Christoph Kiessling is now running “the best waterpark in the world” with the world’s largest artificial wave - it’s still not enough. This megalomaniac millionaire is always dreaming of bigger and better things. This August he’s invited the world’s top surfers to Tenerife to break a world record for highest jump on an artificial wave. To get ready for the event Christoph is flying in wave guru Douglas Murphy to make sure his artificial waves break at an astonishing four meters. That’s almost one meter higher than before. To pull this off Douglas will work on the coordination of the swing doors along with water flow. Christoph says, “You know those guys that live in the countryside who “tune” their car to make it faster, higher. We’re going to fine tune our wave”. If all goes well a surf record will be broken by the wave makers and the wave jumpers!
Sep 22nd
400a

Big Bosphorus Dig

Deep beneath the layers of bones, broken pottery and foundations of ancient mosques and early Christian churches, the final TBM is about to emerge after tunneling through the last underground station. It’s been a long haul to complete the state-of-the-art transport system for Istanbul but the end is here!
Sep 22nd
500a

Ice Hotel: Bigger, Better

In a world that’s getting warmer every year it’s hard to imagine a build more challenging than Sweden’s famed Ice Hotel. Yet Ake Larsson and his team have been at it for 20 years and this year they have no intention of giving in to the whims of uncertain weather. For the first time, in fact, they’re planning to build the biggest and most elaborate Ice Hotel ever. After recent setbacks with warm spells that have jeopardized the build, an even bigger Ice Hotel might seem crazy. But Ake’s got some engineering aces up his sleeve – artificial ice, prefabricated walls and a huge freezer to keep it all chilled.
Sep 25th
100p

London Aquatics Centre & Orbit Tower

The countdown is on at London’s Olympic Park. With the games just one year away crews have started laying 850,000 four-inch square tiles across the deck of the massive Aquatics Centre. Diving boards are being cast and soon the pools will be filled to test pumps and drains. The steelworkers who built its roof are long gone. But as it turns out, this job site isn’t finished with steelworkers yet. Nearby an unusual spiraling steel sculpture called The Orbit is underway. Designed by world-renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor, it’s destined to be a jaw-dropping icon to rival Big Ben, the London Eye and the Gherkin. The 115meter high tower has been engineered by Arup and financed by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, the richest man in London, is providing 1400 tons of steel to build it.
Sep 25th
200p

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.