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Talking to architects, historians, engineers, and builders to find out if modern-day innovations could be used to re-create iconic masterpieces, or if fundamental techniques have been lost to time.

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aired 401 days ago
According to the Bible, Noah's Ark was a world-changing engineering feat, and it took cutting-edge construction to build it; experts use the latest tech and modern-day science to reveal if building it a second time would be just as difficult.
aired 401 days ago
Rome's aqueducts are one of the greatest engineering marvels in history, and it took dangerous, cutting-edge construction to build them. Experts use the latest tech and modern-day science to reveal if building them a second time would be just as deadly.
aired 401 days ago
The Great Wall of China is one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, and it took dangerous, cutting-edge construction to build it. Experts use the latest tech and modern-day science to reveal if building it a second time would be just as deadly.
aired 401 days ago
Rome's Colosseum is the most famous stadium on the planet, and it took cutting-edge engineering and a fallen emperor to build it; experts use the latest tech and modern-day science to reveal if building it a second time would be just as difficult.
aired 401 days ago
New York's Brooklyn Bridge might be the most important bridge in the world, and it took dangerous, cutting-edge engineering to built it; experts use the latest tech and modern-day science to reveal if building it a second time would be as deadly.
aired 401 days ago
Egypt's Great Pyramid is one of the world's greatest and most mysterious marvels, and using cutting-edge tech and the latest engineering innovations, experts reveal what it would take to build the ancient wonder today.

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This documentary series explores extraordinary feats of modern-day engineering and introduces pioneers whose techniques changed the world. Each episode traces the details behind some of the most technically advanced structures, from record-breaking buildings to colossal ships, as well as the latest models of planes and trains. The mechanics and designs are explained using 3-D graphics, archived sources and specially shot footage. The show celebrates engineers throughout history for their technical breakthroughs that made it possible to create the constructions that exist today.