2020 07 12 3 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!
2020 07 12 4 00
The Sheikh Zayed Bridge will be the ultimate signature entrance to the world's richest city: Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. For its builders like structural engineer Mark Jones, manager of arch construction for Archirodon, the giant Middle East contractor, the bridge is a king size headache!
2020 07 12 5 00
Deep in Canada’s remote western coastal mountains, a new hydroelectric project called a Run of River is under construction. Glacial rivers running high in the mountain will be funneled down huge steel pipelines at a very sharp and exacting drop. Below the water will roar into a powerhouse to spin massive turbines and create electricity. From here power will travel out to the coast along a new transmission line cut through the bush.
2020 07 13 14 00
World Class Stadium
Cape Town is building a brand-new stadium for the next FIFA World Cup Games, but it’s the last World Cup project to get started. Australian Project manager Andy Fanton is struggling to keep it on schedule and make up for lost time.
2020 07 14 14 00
Spanning the Saigon River
In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, engineers are raising a modern cable stayed bridge and spanning the Saigon River. Their goal: To save the city from horrendous traffic jams that impedes economic growth. Vietnam’s highway system no longer meets the needs and aspirations of this rising Southeast Asian nation. The outdated main route from southern Vietnam to Hanoi in the north cuts through the old downtown core of Ho Chi Minh City. The new bridge is the cornerstone in a plan to drive traffic away from the city’s streets, and speed up the travel time between north and south. The country’s economic future is at stake
2020 07 15 14 00
London Aquatics Centre
Big Ben, The Bloody Tower, and the Changing of the Guard; they all draw crowds to London England. But there’s another big attraction coming up soon. London is the host of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic games. Out in the east end, a huge Olympic park is taking shape -- 150 Hectares, an 80,000 seat stadium, a 4,000 square metre velodrome. The signature building of the London Olympics will be the glitzy new Aquatics Centre. It is the most innovative construction in the entire Olympic park
2020 07 16 1 00
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.
2020 07 16 2 00
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.
2020 07 19 3 00
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.
2020 07 19 4 00
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!