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


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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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  • NOTES (1)

    • 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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