2020 08 09 3 00
Building the world's largest structure of snow and ice is a mega challenge of towering proportions. Anything can go wrong. And often it does. You'd think that Ake Larrson and Arne Bergh, builders of Sweden's world famous ICEHOTEL could rely on cold weather 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. But they're hit by a warm snap two weeks into their six week construction schedule. Soon, with each passing day, the warm snap becomes a warm spell. It's too warm to make snow, and too warm to continue building rooms! But Ake and Arne's deadline is fixed. Soon, guests who've paid deposits will arrive to check into a hotel that Ake and Arne haven't built yet! Will the warm spell last? Will this be the first time nature defeats Ake and Arne? Or will it turn cold again in time for construction crews to make one final push to get the ICEHOTEL finished on time? This year, it's a nailbiter all the way.
2020 08 09 4 00
Arctic Ice Crusher (aka Korea)
In South Korea, a team of shipbuilders has only ten weeks to assemble the hull of the first combination oil tanker-icebreaker they've ever built. Along the way, they struggle with delays caused by weather, language barriers and the difficulties of the vessel's two innovative $10 million propeller steering units. Features dramatic footage of some of the largest and fastest crane lifts ever seen on Mega Builders.
2020 08 09 5 00
Hard Rock Park
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a team of engineers have just one year to build the world’s first Rock and Roll theme park, Hard Rock Park. They’ve got to build a massive roller coaster over water, a risky new ride that combines a ferris wheel with a coaster track and the world’s biggest Gibson guitar replica. Time is tight and the team faces challenges from dangerously soft ground, possible hurricanes and tricky mechanics involved in some extremely unusual rides. Music from Led Zeppelin, Arlo Guthrie and the Moody Blues mixes with the sounds of construction throughout.
2020 08 13 1 00
Arctic Ice Crusher (aka Danish Ship)
3000 shipyard workers build the World's Biggest Container Ship in the biggest little shipyard around, in Odense, Denmark. Soren Jensen's crew must install the World's Biggest Engine, Longest Engine Shaft and World's Biggest Propellor in the big ship and they have to get it right first time! One mistake with million dollar parts like the monster propellor can setback the ship's build schedule big time. So when Jensen learns that two big parts of the engine are out of alignment, he has to come up with a solution fast! If not, he and his crew will just have to spin their wheels until they do! But they'll figure it out. They're Danes! They've built ships here since the Vikings sailed longboats out of Odense more than ten centuries ago.
2020 08 13 2 00
Engineers had no choice. They had to build a "floating bridge" in Kelowna, British Columbia. Lake Okanagan was too deep and too muddy to sink columns to support a standard bridge. So the engineers designed a bridge of nine pontoons, each as long as a football field. Then they decided to make the floating pontoons out of concrete! But, with only a dozen or so floating bridges around the world, no one has any experience building a floating bridge. Engineers and work crews must learn from scratch how to build the 6000 tonne pontoons. Then marine crews must tow the concrete behemoths across the lake, and line up each pontoon to the next to tolerances of millimetres. It's a tense day when the pontoon that marine project manager Kevin Giberson and his second in command Kevin Hamakawa are towing is pushed dangerously close to submerged cables by trick lake currents. But after two and a half years of hard work through blistering Canadian summers and frigid winters, Kelowna and the world gets a new floating bridge.
2020 08 16 3 00
Glitz City (MGM)
In Las Vegas -- the quintessential city of razzle-dazzle and bling -- MGM is going for the ultimate one-upmanship. The Hollywood lion is building a 31-hectare mini-city with all amenities for those living there or visiting. It’ll cost a cool $9 billion -- the largest privately financed project in North America – ever. This is a story of a massive project being built in a very short time. It’s a logistical nightmare, says project manager Bill Smith. “One of my most important jobs is to manage harmony amongst the troops. It’s a pressure cooker, and not a lot of people want to be in that for a couple of years. So this ain’t for everybody.” It’s a good thing this town never sleeps because this construction site won’t either, with so much to do in so little time.
2020 08 16 4 00
Blockbuster Bridge (aka Incheon Bridge)
In South Korea engineers are fighting against the forces of the wild West Sea to build the Incheon Grand Bridge. It’s part of a visionary plan to link the biggest airport in the nation, with a new international investment zone called New Songdo City. The unique structure combines three methods of bridge construction to create a single highway 12.3 kilometres long. Construction Manager, Han, Kwangmo is responsible for delivering the tallest sections - the Cable Stayed Bridge and the Approach Bridge. Jeon, Youngjae is the Construction Manager overseeing the erection of the Viaduct - the longest section of the bridge. Their allies include planning mastermind Kim, Dong Wan, Deputy Project Director Alan Platt and a host of expert bridge builders. As they fight the elements to build up Incheon Grand Bridge, they prove the strength of human determination.
2020 08 16 5 00
It’s the ultimate engineering challenge: rescue the magnificent city of Venice, Italy, before it is drowned by the Adriatic Sea. A fantastic 5.5 billion dollar plan is taking shape. It’s called the “Mose project”, after the biblical saviour Moses. They’re constructing 78 massive floodgates, up to 29 metres tall, that will lie on the seabed. Whenever a dangerous high tide threatens the city the gates are supposed to rise from water and hold back the sea. The dynamic woman at the helm; Chief Engineer, Dr. Maria Theresa Brotto, declares, “Without the Mose, we will lose Venice.” But no one can predict when a colossal high tide will swamp the city and it’s a race against time for the workers of the Mose project.
2020 08 20 1 00
Big Rib (aka Aker)
The Aker H6e is the biggest oil rig on the planet – built for the extreme conditions of the Barents Sea. Marine operations chief Knut Engebretsen and his team have tight deadlines for some major moves to put this monster together. They have to “skid” eight-thousand-ton hull pieces on rails across a giant yard. The steel deck that goes on top of the hull weighs more than 11,000 tonnes. Raising it up in the air 10 storeys will be one of the most extreme heavy lifts ever attempted. On top of these mega-challenges, this hardy crew of Norwegian engineers has to battle bad weather all the way.
2020 08 20 2 00
Digging in Istanbul, Turkey can be an adventure! Three empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, are buried one atop the other. So, in a city with 2600 years of history, engineers knew there would be delays in completing the $3.5 billion Marmaray Project, but no one dreamed this rapid transit system aimed at easing Istanbul’s chronic gridlock would be delayed for years!