Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 31

Engineering Disasters 7

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 11, 2004 on The History Channel
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Engineering Disasters 7
Engineers and architects reveal what went wrong in five engineering disasters, including Baldwin Hills Dam that suddenly gave way, spilling liquid havoc in a quiet LA neighborhood; a mysterious plane crash that killed all aboard (Lockheed Electra); a massive freighter's shuddering crash into Tampa Bay's Sunshine Skyway Bridge; the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake that shook down poorly engineered buildings; and a 4-decade old coal mine fire that turned Centralia, Pennsylvania into a ghost town.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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      • The shake tables used after the Northridge quake were programmed using data selected from a group of 1,000 earthquake sensors.

      • Between 1992 and 2001, there were almost 2,700 accidents invilving barges colliding with bridges in the United States.

      • It's not uncommon to construct dams near earthquake faults because the sloping topography conducive to building a dam is often formed by tectonic shifts.

      • One of the most spectacular cases of flutter befell not an airplane, but the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which heaved rhythmically and was destroyed by flutter in 1940.

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      • Cast:

        Peter Garrison
        Aviation Writer

        Bill Reed
        Ret. Aeroelasticity Eng., NASA Langley

        Donald F. Keller
        Aerospace Engineer, NASA Langley

        Jonathan P. Stewart, P.E.
        Civil & Environmental Eng., UCLA

        Le Val Lund, P.E.
        Fmr. DWP Water System Mgr.

        Richard N. Levine

        Henry T. Bollmann, P.E.
        Sr. Designer, Fla. Dept. of Transp.

        Bill Covert
        Director, Search & Rescue

        W. Denney Pate, P.E.
        Bridge Engineer, Figg Bridge Engineers

        Jack Moehle, P.E.
        Dir., Pacific Earthquake Eng. Research

        Khalid Mosalam, Ph.D.
        Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

        John Lokitis, Jr.
        Centralia Resident

        Howard Smith
        General Mgr., Pioneer Tunnel

        David DeNok
        Author, "Unseen Danger"

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Lee Schneider
        Producer: Lee Schneider
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Beata Genin
        Editor: Arek Hope
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Judy Gordon
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslle
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Doug Crawford
        Camera: Kenneth Freund
        Camera: Marten Kaufman
        Camera: Tom Lorch
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Aaronn Sasson
        Camera: Charles Tudor
        Field Audio: Gus Gomez
        Field Audio: Charles Lorch
        Field Audio: Jim McManus
        Field Audio: Dani Sleiman
        Onlin Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Historical Consultant: Henry T. Bollmann, P.E.
        Historical Consultant: David Dekok
        Historical Consultant: Peter Garrison
        Historical Consultant: Le Val Lund, P.E.
        Historical Consultant: Jack Moehle, P.E.

        Special Thanks:

        Michael A. Knott
        Richard N. Levine
        Rush Wickes

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

        Producer: Actuality Productions, INC

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