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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.

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aired 240 days ago
The Chernobyl disaster created one of the world's deadliest places, and as the temporary fix around the damaged reactor begins to fail, engineers race to build a cutting-edge structure to contain the contamination that could threaten the world.
aired 240 days ago
To build the world's biggest offshore wind farm, engineers and builders brave the deadly waters of the North Sea; using the latest science and tech, these innovators construct 175 towering turbines that can withstand the most hellish conditions.
aired 240 days ago
New York City's biggest construction project ever features several brand-new buildings in Manhattan's Hudson Yards, where an army of ambitious engineers and builders are tasked with developing seven city blocks over 24-hour subway trains.
aired 240 days ago
One of the most cutting-edge buildings in the world is a 16-story hotel built on the cliffs of an abandoned quarry, and using the latest science and tech, engineers race to build this innovative mega-structure with two underwater floors.
aired 240 days ago
Discover what it took to build the largest and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet; this engineering colossus will help astronomers explore galaxies and planets billions of light years away, and might help discover extraterrestrial life.
aired 241 days ago
The innovative design of the Halley VI research station, built atop giant skis on a floating ice shelf, helps scientists brave the dangers of Antarctica's extreme environment.
aired 241 days ago
Uncovering what it took to build one of the most ambitious rail projects in history, London's Crossrail; this staggering feat will span over 73 miles and transport 200 million people a year around one of the world's largest and busiest cities.

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