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Wednesday 9:00 PM on Discovery Channel Premiered Apr 01, 2003 In Season

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    • Transatlantic Tunnel
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      4/16/03
      9.9
      The concept of building a tunnel across the Atlantic Ocean is talked about. It talks about the problems involved, and how it might someday be possible. At the end it examines the concept of a submarine hitting the tunnel, and how hopefully this wouldn't ruin it.
    • Boston's Big Dig
      Boston's Big Dig
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      5/28/03
      9.8
    • Big Easy Rebuild
      Big Easy Rebuild
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      7/5/06
      9.5
      This episode takes a look at the emergency repairs implemented in order to help the city of New Orleans recover from the disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. Katrina was one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history and New Orleans bore the brunt of its fierce attack.moreless
    • Holland's Barriers to the Sea
      Holland's Barriers to the Sea
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      5/21/03
      9.4
      Dutch engineers must overcome rising waters in the North Sea to protect their land.
    • Biggest Warship
      Biggest Warship
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      5/31/06
      9.4
      The series looks at the construction of the supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush.
    • Tokyo's Sky City
      Tokyo's Sky City
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      4/13/03
      9.2
      It examines the concept of constructing a giant tower in Japan that wouldn't be a just a building, but a public city in the sky. At the end it talks about what a fire in the building would be like and how the fire department would handle it.
    • The El Cajon Dam
      The El Cajon Dam
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      11/10/05
      9.2
      The dam, which is the largest ongoing construction project in Latin America, is designed to rise 186 meters above the Rio Grande de Santiago river in Mexico. Upon completion, it will provide for two percent of the entire country's electricity needs.
    • Space Tower
      Space Tower
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      7/12/06
      9.2
      The 700-ft.-high Torre del Espacio (Space Tower) will be the tallest skyscraper in Spain upon completion. In this episode, the cameras film the week-long struggle to repair one level of the building.
    • Mega Tunnel
      Mega Tunnel
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      3/8/06
      9.2
      A 3-mile toll road is built on a 20-foot-high storm drain in Kuala Lumpur.
    • City in a Pyramid
      City in a Pyramid
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      4/23/03
      9.1
      This episode features Shimizu's Pyramid City, which would include dozens of 100-story skyscrapers with more than a million workers as part of a giant pyramid on the sea to provide more living space in Japan. Concepts such as construction robots, electricity issues, and building materials are examined. The pyramid could withstand a tidal wave, and perhaps protect the city as well.moreless
    • Turning Torso
      Turning Torso
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      7/7/04
      9.1
      The Turning Torso is the world's largest residential structure, rising 190 meters above Malmö, Sweden.
    • Subways in America
      Subways in America
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      4/15/03
      9.0
      This episode explores the current New York City subway and the plans for renovation. Also the World Trade Center Station post 9/11 and its hasty repair.
    • JFK: JetBlue Terminal
      JFK: JetBlue Terminal
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/25/06
      9.0
      The original 1962 TWA Terminal (Terminal 5) at New York's JFK International Airport is remodeled for JetBlue Airlines. The 26 gates of the new low-profile structure will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year.
    • Off-shore Oil Platforms
      Off-shore Oil Platforms
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      9/25/04
      9.0
      Engineers redesign oil platforms to withstand the harsh weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Gotthard Tunnel
      Gotthard Tunnel
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      1/1/06
      9.0
      The Gotthard Base Tunnel underneath the Swiss Alps will be the world's longest rail tunnel upon completion in 2015.
    • Container Ships
      Container Ships
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      7/28/04
      8.9
      This episode examines the docking of a container ship at Long Beach, California, and the operation of the water front docks, where several thousand containers need to be unloaded and loaded in 48 hours.

      Also covered is the building of the Adrian Maersk, the world's largest container ship. Even with the enormous size of these ships, construction must be precise to within millimeters of the specifications.moreless
    • The Snohvit Arctic Gas Processing Platform
      10/19/05
      8.8
      Europe's first liquefied natural gas plant sits on a floating platform. The platform was transported by ship from southern Spain to the coast of Norway.
    • Woodrow Wilson Bridge
      Woodrow Wilson Bridge
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      11/9/05
      8.8
      The 40-year-old Woodrow Wilson Bridge is being replaced by a new span crossing the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, just south of Washington, D.C.
    • Excavators
      Excavators
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/22/04
      8.8
      In northern Minnesota, the operators of the world's largest open-pit iron mine commission the construction of a $10 million custom-built super-shovel in the hopes of making excavation more efficient.
    • Tunneling Under the Alps
      Tunneling Under the Alps
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      5/7/03
      8.8
      A tunnel over 35 miles long is to be dug under the Swiss Alps to redirect Europe's traffic. This $7 billion project will take 6 years to complete with man and machine fighting the mountains 24/7.
    • Building Hong Kong's Airport
      Building Hong Kong's Airport
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      5/14/03
      8.7
      Hong Kong has outgrown its small airport and quickly needed a new one in order to maintain its high traffic flow. The only place to put this new world class airport... 16 miles out in the ocean. This would require 22 miles of new super highway. It was predicted to take decades, but engineers were only given 7 years to build it.moreless
    • Cooper River Bridge
      Cooper River Bridge
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      10/5/04
      8.7
      Coming soon
    • Iceland Tunnels
      Iceland Tunnels
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      9/1/04
      8.6
      Coming soon
    • Millau Viaduct
      Millau Viaduct
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/15/04
      8.6
      This episode examines the quest to build the world's highest bridge as part of a major highway connecting Paris with Italy and Spain.
    • Dubai's Ski Resort
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      1/21/06
      8.4
      How do you make your mall stand out? By building one of the world's largest indoor ski resorts--in the deserts of Dubai! Ski Dubai features snow-making machines and slopes ranging in difficulty from easy to "black diamond."
    • Hong Kong's Cable Car
      Hong Kong's Cable Car
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      12/2/04
      8.4
      Engineers are building the Ngong Ping 360, the world's longest detachable cable car system, on Hong Kong's mountainous Lantau Island, spanning the South China Sea.
    • Venice Flood Gates
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      7/14/04
      8.4
      Coming soon
    • Oakland Bay Bridge
      Oakland Bay Bridge
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      8/4/04
      8.3
      Coming soon
    • Bridging the Bering Strait
    • Super Stadium
      Super Stadium
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      2/19/06
      7.2
      The series takes a look at the construction of the new stadium for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. The state-of-the-art structure is scheduled to be completed in August 2006. It will feature North America's first slide-out tray field, a "pie-slice" construction method and a unique steel-ribbon outer shell.
    • Widening the Panama Canal
      Widening the Panama Canal
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      6/4/03
      6.5
    • World's Biggest Arch Bridge
      World's Biggest Arch Bridge
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      10/18/06
      6.5
      The Hoover Dam Bypass Project aims to remove traffic congestion along U.S. Highway 93 at the Colorado River crossing. A new arch bridge will span the river near Hoover Dam.
    • California Academy of Sciences
      California Academy of Sciences
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      11/8/06
      0.0
      The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, has won acclaim for an environmentally friendly design that features the use of recycled and renewable materials. Construction began in September 2005.
    • Stonecutters Bridge: Hong Kong
      Stonecutters Bridge: Hong Kong
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      11/1/06
      0.0
      Suspended above one of the world's busiest waterways, the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong will set a new record for the longest cable-stayed span, over a kilometer in length.
    • South Ferry Subway Station
      South Ferry Subway Station
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      10/11/06
      0.0
      The South Ferry Terminal subway station is the first new subway station in New York City since the early 1900s.
    • Sakhalin Oil & Ice
      Sakhalin Oil & Ice
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      6/28/06
      0.0
      One of the world's largest construction projects is located on a remote island off the eastern coast of Russia where the Russians are spending billions of dollars to construct the Sakhalin oil and gas complex. The city-sized operation will draw fossil fuels from an inhospitable location in the Pacific Ocean. The hope is that the complex will provide a boost to the area's economy.moreless
    • Hallandsas Ridge Tunnel: Sweden
      Hallandsas Ridge Tunnel: Sweden
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      11/15/06
      0.0
      The Hallandsas Ridge Tunnel Project, the world's most complicated tunneling project, is designed to remove a major bottleneck on the Gothenburg (Göteborg)-Malmo West Coast Line in Sweden. The project began in 1992 but stopped in 1997 because of technical difficulties. Construction resumed in 2004. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012.moreless
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