National Geographic Channel MegaStructures

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    • Garbage Mountain
      Garbage Mountain
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      8/1/06
      10
      NGC steps into the world of garbage in California's Puente Hills landfill, America's biggest landfill, to uncover the inner-workings at LA's filthiest suburb.
    • Inside NCIS
      Inside NCIS
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      5/30/06
      10
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    • Norad
      Norad
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      10/25/05
      9.9
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    • Science of Bricks
      Science of Bricks
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      11/2/06
      9.5
      Megastructures looks at one of the world's most common building material, the brick. The documentary explores some of the historical brick structures from around the world and shows the process in making bricks.
    • Ferrari
      Ferrari
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      12/7/06
      9.4
      In this episode, one of the world's most famous sports car, the Ferrari, is featured. From it's design stage to it's completion stage, viewers get to witness some of the manufacturing processes that bring these cars into this world.
    • Science of Steel
      Science of Steel
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      9/21/06
      9.1
      No summary currently.
    • Inside a Super Casino
      Inside a Super Casino
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      12/1/04
      9.0
      Megastructures gets an inside look into the 13-year design and construction of Atlantic City's towering new casino, the Borgata.
    • Ultimate Casino
      Ultimate Casino
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      10/18/05
      8.9
      The Venetian in Las Vegas is the ultimate casino. Dreamed up and owned by Sheldon Adelson, the Venetian replicates the beautiful Venice in Italy. Megastructures looks at how this Las Vegas hotel and casino was built. The documentary includes brief comments from the Venetian's Theme Design Director, Robert Hlusack.
    • World's Tallest Bridge (Millau Bridge)
      12/20/05
      8.8
      It is the world's tallest bridge, at 343 m tall at its highest pillar, the Millau Viaduct in Southern France is almost a third taller than any other bridge in the world. A freeway in the sky, the bridge crosses the river Tarn in France and can save travelers almost an hour of travel between France and the Mediterranean. It also removes the traffic congestion once faced in the town of Millau. The episode documents the difficulties that the crew had to face, and the challenging processes that were used in its construction. The documentary contains a few words from the mayor of Millau, Jacques Godfrain, the bridge architect, Norman Foster, and designer, Michel Virlogeux.moreless
    • Impossible Islands (Dubai's Palm Island)
      9/13/05
      8.7
      MegaStructures looks at how one of Dubai's greatest engineering marvels came to be. Examining the Palm-Jumeira Island from its design to its method of construction, the documentary also lists the problems faced in its construction. Like the effects from the September 11 fears to corrosion and weather.
    • Berlin Wall
      Berlin Wall
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      3/14/06
      8.6
    • Ultimate Roller Coaster
      Ultimate Roller Coaster
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      10/25/05
      8.5
      The episode follows the construction process of the 25 million dollar Kingda Ka Roller Coaster being built by Six Flags. Constructed under secrecy, the 139m tall roller coaster will be the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world when completed, breaking the Dragster’s record. The documentary includes brief comments from Project Engineer, Jeff Glinter, and Chief Corporate Engineer, Larry Chickola. And explains how the Kingda Ka utilises a hydraulic launch system to launch riders to a speed of 206km/h in 3 seconds.moreless
    • Berlin's Grand Central (Berlin Train Terminal)
      11/15/05
      8.5
      Berlin’s new train terminal is designed to be constructed almost entirely out of glass and is being rushed to completion before the World Cup 2006, when millions of soccer fans will be expected to visit Berlin. Megastructures documents the historical feat when two daring teams attempt a feat never before accomplished in construction history; the tipping of two bridges over the roof of the glass station. Already costing 4 billion dollars, almost 5 years in construction delays, over budget, and with the architect suing the developers for cutting corners, will the terminal be ready before the dateline?moreless
    • Channel Tunnel
      Channel Tunnel
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      9/22/04
      8.4
      The Channel Tunnel or Euro Tunnel is one of the world’s longest underground rail tunnels, and links England with France. Consisting of two rail tunnels and a small service tunnel in-between, they total 153 km in length. The documentary looks at the race between the British and the French to complete the tunneling of the Channel Tunnel and the obstacles faced in its construction.moreless
    • North Sea Wall
      North Sea Wall
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      8/17/05
      8.3
      A historic and present look at Holland's efforts to hold on to their precious land from floods as a result of rising sea levels and climate changes. After a storm in 1916, the Dutch began a labor intensive construction of a Barrier Dam in 1923, stretching 30 km in length. It resulted in the reclamation of 165,000 ha of new land, and creation of a fresh water lake. However, in 1953, a combination of a hurricane and high spring tides caused the North Sea waters to force through the barrier and flood the Dutch coastline, resulting in the loss of over 1,800 lives and 47,000 livestock. The disaster resulted in Holland's creation of the 'Delta Project'. Costing billions of dollars, the project began in 1958. The project consisted of the construction of concrete dams, steel sea walls and retractable floodgates. Environmental considerations also led to the construction of the storm surge barrier in the Eastern Scheldt, one of the biggest in the world. It consists of 2 floating gates built on special docks. The vast gates are controlled by a computer system that allows the gates to be kept open but closes when a flood is imminent. Also presented are current emergency plans that include allocation of certain areas of land to be flooded during worse case flooding..moreless
    • Boston's Big Dig
      Boston's Big Dig
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      11/22/05
      8.1
      'National Geographic Channel MegaStructures' takes a look at the construction history of Boston Big Dig project. Costing almost 15 billion dollars and taking almost 20 yrs to complete, the Boston's Big Dig is considered to be the most complex, expensive, and technically challenging civil engineering public works project in the United States. The project was inspired by Fred Salvucci, the Transportation Commissioner to the Mayor of Boston, who wanted to find a solution to the city’s traffic woes. He came up with an idea to link up the major sectors of the city with a system of wide underground tunnels for traffic. Consisting of 4 elements, a tunnel under the harbor, an underground connection to the Interstate 90, an underground traffic system under the city itself to replace the elevated city highway, and a wide cable-stayed bridge to replace the old double-decked bridge. The episode looks at the many obstacles that were faced in the construction, from water leaks to residential protest. The episode also contains brief words from some of the major people involved in the project.moreless
    • Mega Plane (Air Force Transport)
      Mega Plane (Air Force Transport)
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      9/20/05
      8.0
      The episode profiles the C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest aircrafts in the world, and the operations of the crew of the mega-plane. The episode includes a look at how the C-5 Galaxy transports military equipment over to the troops in Iraq from America's Dover Air Force Base.
    • Guns: Machines of War
      Guns: Machines of War
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      10/12/06
      7.9
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    • Golden Gate Bridge
      Golden Gate Bridge
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      3/2/05
      7.9
      In 1906, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 rocked San Francisco. An earthquake of similar or greater proportions is expected to occur in San Francisco again, and soon. The episode takes a look at the efforts that are being made to retrofit and strengthen America’s most recognized bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, before the next big earthquake happens. It also gives a brief history about the construction of the suspension bridge, and the people who were involved in its construction.moreless
    • World's Busiest Port
      World's Busiest Port
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      5/13/05
      7.9
      Megastructure takes viewers on an inside look at how the Port of Singapore is able to move a third of the world's trade through the use of shipping and high-tech mega-systems.
    • Impossible Bridges: Greece
      Impossible Bridges: Greece
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      5/2/06
      7.8
      Megastructures chronicles the design and construction of Greece's Rion-Antirion Bridge. The bridges is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world and spans over the straits of Corinth.
    • Alcatraz
      Alcatraz
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      3/16/05
      7.7
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    • World's Biggest Airliner (Airbus A380)
      10/4/05
      7.5
      It is the largest passenger plane ever built and it is a 12 billion dollar investment. The episode documents the history of the Airbus A380, from its design concept, its interior features, the precision manufacturing, the logistics, the final assembly and its final maiden flight.
    • Impossible Bridges: Denmark to Sweden
      4/18/06
      7.5
      The Oresund, spanning 10 miles in length, is the longest bridge in the world. The bridge links countries Denmark and Sweden, and Megastructures chronicles the history in it's design and construction.
    • Tau Tona - City Of Gold
      Tau Tona - City Of Gold
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      5/27/05
      7.5
      Located near Johannesburg, South Africa, the Tau Tona is a gold mine. The Tau Tona is the main economic life blood of Johannesburg, supplying half the world’s gold needs. It is the deepest and largest working mine in the world. Its main shaft is 3.6 km deep and consists of 800 km of tunneling. This episode gives viewers a tour of the dynamic systems involved in maintaining a working environment deep in the earth. It also provides a glimpse of what life as a mine worker is like in Tau Tona. Risking heat exhaustion, and with 10 earthquakes a day, the miners work through narrow tunnels to extract gold from a 25 cm thick gold vein.moreless
    • Inside The Pentagon
      Inside The Pentagon
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      4/1/05
      7.5
      Cameras are taken inside the Pentagon for a rare look at the usual going ons in the Pentagon, and a look at how the important meetings might be conducted. High ranking military officials and politicians also share their feelings about the Pentagon.
    • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
      Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/20/04
      7.5
      In 1955, two ferries sank along the Akashi Strait, Japan, killing 168 children. It led to a 30 year research on designing a bridge that would link the Awaji Island to Kobe; the bridge would also have to be able to withstand severe earthquakes and typhoons, a norm in that area. In 1988, Japan began construction of the world’s longest, highest and most expensive suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The episode presents a stage by stage look at the construction of the suspension bridge, and the obstacles faced in its construction, including the Kobe earthquake in 1995.moreless
    • Sears Tower
      Sears Tower
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      9/29/04
      7.4
      For 20 years, the Sears Tower held the record for the world’s tallest building. Completed in 1973, the 110 stories high building is almost half a kilometer tall. And it still holds the record for having the world’s highest antenna. John Zils, structural engineer and designer of this mega-structure shares some of the secrets about the tower. And get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the various systems and controls that are vital to the building, like security monitoring, the elevators, and the water and power distribution to the various levels, and even the machines that cleans the windows.moreless
    • Itaipu Dam
      Itaipu Dam
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      10/27/04
      7.0
      In the Paraná River of South America, lies the Itaipú Dam. Costing 20 billion dollars, the Itaipú Dam is the world's largest and most powerful hydroelectric power plant. It is a representation of the efforts and accomplishment of two countries, Brazil and Paraguay. The episode examines the efforts undertaken and the sacrifices made to construct the dam, including how the largest diversion channel was constructed to divert water from the world’s 7th largest river away from the main construction site.moreless
    • Indy Motor Speedway
      Indy Motor Speedway
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      9/13/05
      7.0
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    • Mega Ship
      Mega Ship
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      12/27/05
      7.0
      The episodes documents the 134,000 ton Mega Ship's voyage through the pirate infested waters of the Singapore and Malacca Straits carrying millions of dollars of precious cargo. From the bridge to the engine room, Megastructures follow Captain Llewellyn as he guides his ship to the port of Singapore.
    • USS Ronald Reagan
      USS Ronald Reagan
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/15/04
      6.7
      The USS Ronald Reagan is a 4.5 billion dollars Nimitz-class supercarrier. Powered by 2 nuclear reactors, the 1100ft. long vessel is equipped with all the necessary facilities to house 6000 personnel and over 80 aircraft. Viewers are given an exclusive look at how the crew of these ‘floating naval base’ is put through a series of test in order to obtain their flight deck certification. Take a glimpse at the various facilities on the ship that keep the 6000 strong crew fed, rested, and entertained.moreless
    • Petronas Towers
      Petronas Towers
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/10/04
      6.7
      Designed by Cesar Pelli, the Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world on the date of its completion. Located in Kuala Lumpur, the design of the 88 storey, 450m tall twin towers, carries an Islamic geometrical influence. The towers are a symbol of Malaysia’s pride. To instill competition, the contract for the construction of the towers were awarded to two different construction companies, each company was assigned to work on one of the towers. This episode takes a look at how the construction companies competed to complete their tower before the other. Problems faced, from the soil samples, the unique cement mixture used as a steel substitute, to the tropical weather, are covered.moreless
    • Hoover Dam
      Hoover Dam
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      5/16/06
      6.5
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    • Ekati Diamond Mine (Diamond Diggers)
      7/27/05
      6.4
      Located near Lac De Gras, Canada’s Northwest Territories, lies Canada’s first diamond mine, the Ekati Diamond Mine. The episode examines 3 mega machines utilized in the extraction and transportation of diamonds deep in the frozen rock in the remote tundra: the D90 rotary blast drill, the DeMag 655 hydraulic shovel and the CAT 793C haul truck.moreless
    • Ultimate Oil Rigs
      Ultimate Oil Rigs
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      12/6/05
      6.4
      The dwindling energy supplies have forced oil companies to set up their oil rigs in some of the harshest environments on the globe. Ultimate Oil Rigs introduces viewers to the Noble Piet, an oil rig built to withstand the fury of the natural elements of the North Sea. The episodes follows the roughnecks as they drill for natural gases deep under the ocean bed. As well as follow the crew of Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore in the designing and building of 23 rigs within 2 years.moreless
    • Kansai International Airport
      Kansai International Airport
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/13/04
      6.2
      Located 5 km off the coast of Osaka, Japan, is the Kansai International Airport. The airport is built entirely on a man-made island, 4 km long and 1 km wide. The only link between the island and Osaka is by the world’s longest 2-tiered bridge. Although the airport is built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, the artificial island itself is sinking faster than anticipated. The episode looks at the various measures that are taken to keep the airport ‘afloat’, and the various facilities and services available to keep the airport running.moreless
    • Black Gold (Oil Mine)
      Black Gold (Oil Mine)
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      7/20/05
      6.0
      Located in Alberta, Canada is the world’s largest known single deposit of oil worth trillions of dollars. However, the oil is trapped in a complex mixture of sand, water and clay, and the cost of extracting the fuel from the soil will cost billions. The episode profiles the competition between the Syncrude and the Shell Oil companies to extract the black gold. It looks at the various mega machines and systems that are used to extract, transport and the process used to separate the oil from the sand.moreless
    • USS Virginia
      USS Virginia
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      10/11/05
      5.7
      The USS Virginia is the US newest class of attack submarines. Built as a more cost effective submarine than the old Seawolf class, the new submarine is also faster to build. The supersub is equipped with a nuclear powered reactor, advanced spying abilities to see and hear better, auto-navigation systems, various ballistic missiles and torpedoes, has stealth capabilities, is able to deploy navy seals, and can remain motionless in the waters for 3 months. The episode looks at the history of the USS Virginia. It looks at how Electric Boat first began the use of 3D computer aided designs to develop the designs for the new class of attack submarine, their joint cooperation with Northrop to manufacture the submarine, and the vital training that the submarine crew is subjected to.moreless
    • Autobahn
      Autobahn
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/19/04
      5.6
      What began as a racing track, and thanks to Adolf Hitler’s World War II propaganda efforts, the track grew into a sophisticated high-speed road system, linking to almost all the major cities in Germany. The Autobahn boasts of having super thick road beds, 4% or less grades, wide lanes, and build on layers of technology. The Autobahn allows vehicles to travel at speeds exceeding 160km/h for roughly 2/3 of its roads. The episode profiles the operations of the highway cops, and their reliance on technology in training, monitoring of roads and various methods of arrest. It also looks at the ADAC, an automobile club, which provides on the spot road assistance. Nicknamed ‘The Yellow Angels’, they also provide air medical rescue. The system of maintenance of the Autobahn is also examined. All this infrastructure makes this mega structure into one of the world’s most safest super highway.moreless
    • Science of Concrete
      Science of Concrete
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      11/14/06
      5.5
      Featuring the history and science of the building material, concrete.
    • North Branch Correctional Facility (Hi-tech Prison)
      To be completed by 2007, Maryland’s North Branch Correctional Institution will be one of the world’s most hi-tech prisons. The design and construction of the facility and some of the improved security features installed are explored in this episode.
    • Super Port (Port of Rotterdam)
      Super Port (Port of Rotterdam)
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      9/20/05
      5.0
      The Port of Rotterdam is a marine freeway and one of the busiest ports. And on this particular day, the Harbour Control's skills and machines are put to the test when three most challenging ships in the world: 'The Berge Star', 'The Savana Express' and 'The Mighty Servant III', respectively known as 'The Mega Deep', 'The Mega Wide' and 'The Mega Tall' are received.moreless
    • Sea Launch
      Sea Launch
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      8/3/05
      4.6
      A satellite delivered by a rocket that is launched from the earth’s equator instead of any other place, can have its lifespan extended for as much as 3 years. This would mean huge savings for the companies that own these satellites. Thus the Sea Launch was constructed. The Sea Launch is made up of 2 megastructures, a floating launch pad called the Odyssey and a shipping vessel called the Commander. The episode gives a brief history of the construction, the successes and the failures of the Sea Launch.moreless
    • Panama Canal Unlocked
      Panama Canal Unlocked
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      10/19/06
      0.0
      Megastructures examines the mega-machines used to run the Panama Canal and uncovers the canal's five-billion dollar project for it's expansion.
    • Supertanker
      Supertanker
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      8/31/06
      0.0
      Uncovering the secrets behind the engineering and designs of the supertankers in one of the largest shipyards in the world. And discovering the technology, power and science of these lords of the oceans.
    • Cosmodrome
      Cosmodrome
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      12/13/05
      0.0
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    • Missiles: Machines of War
      Missiles: Machines of War
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      9/7/06
      0.0
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    • Tanks: Machines of War
      Tanks: Machines of War
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      8/17/06
      0.0
      No summary currently.
    • Las Vegas
      Las Vegas
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      6/22/05
      0.0
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