Extreme Engineering

#1 - Tokyo's Sky City 7.12

Season 1 - Episode 1

It examines the concept of constructing a giant tower in Japan that wouldn't be a just a building, but a public city in the sky. At the end it talks about what a fire in the building would be like and how the fire department would handle it.

#2 - High Risk Tower

Season 6 - Episode 10

Building a Trump's Tower in Chicago

#3 - Coaster Build Off

Season 6 - Episode 1

#4 - Singapore Sky Park

Season 8 - Episode 1

Singapore's Skypark will hang 650 feet in the air on top of 3 skyscrapers.

#5 - Subways in America

Season 1 - Episode 2

This episode explores the current New York City subway and the plans for renovation. Also the World Trade Center Station post 9/11 and its hasty repair.

#6 - The El Cajon Dam

Season 3 - Episode 2

The dam, which is the largest ongoing construction project in Latin America, is designed to rise 186 meters above the Rio Grande de Santiago river in Mexico. Upon completion, it will provide for two percent of the entire country's electricity needs.

#7 - World's Biggest Arch Bridge

Season 5 - Episode 2

The Hoover Dam Bypass Project aims to remove traffic congestion along U.S. Highway 93 at the Colorado River crossing. A new arch bridge will span the river near Hoover Dam.

#8 - CityCenter, Las Vegas

Season 7 - Episode 2

The CityCenter development in Las Vegas aspires to change the desert vacationland into a continental metropolis

#9 - Transatlantic Tunnel

Season 1 - Episode 3

The concept of building a tunnel across the Atlantic Ocean is talked about. It talks about the problems involved, and how it might someday be possible. At the end it examines the concept of a submarine hitting the tunnel, and how hopefully this wouldn't ruin it.

#10 - The Snohvit Arctic Gas Processing Platform

Season 3 - Episode 1

Europe's first liquefied natural gas plant sits on a floating platform. The platform was transported by ship from southern Spain to the coast of Norway.

#11 - Hong Kong's Cable Car

Season 3 - Episode 3

Engineers are building the Ngong Ping 360, the world's longest detachable cable car system, on Hong Kong's mountainous Lantau Island, spanning the South China Sea.

#12 - Oakland Bay Bridge

Season 2 - Episode 4

Imagine driving across a bridge near the North Pole, or going from New York to London in just an hour through a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean. These are just some of the awe-inspiring projects of today's builders and engineers. Jaw-dropping computer animation illustrates the largest, most outrageous projects ever conceived. As students learn about stretching the boundaries of modern engineering, they also gain understanding of the technological design process and come to understand how physics and chemistry are utilized to solve modern human engineering challenges.

#13 - City in a Pyramid

Season 1 - Episode 4

This episode features Shimizu's Pyramid City, which would include dozens of 100-story skyscrapers with more than a million workers as part of a giant pyramid on the sea to provide more living space in Japan. Concepts such as construction robots, electricity issues, and building materials are examined. The pyramid could withstand a tidal wave, and perhaps protect the city as well.

#14 - Sakhalin Oil & Ice

Season 4 - Episode 4

One of the world's largest construction projects is located on a remote island off the eastern coast of Russia where the Russians are spending billions of dollars to construct the Sakhalin oil and gas complex. The city-sized operation will draw fossil fuels from an inhospitable location in the Pacific Ocean. The hope is that the complex will provide a boost to the area's economy.

#15 - Bridging the Bering Strait

Season 1 - Episode 5

Imagine driving across a bridge near the North Pole, or going from New York to London in just an hour through a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean. These are just some of the awe-inspiring projects of today's builders and engineers. Jaw-dropping computer animation illustrates the largest, most outrageous projects ever conceived. As students learn about stretching the boundaries of modern engineering, they also gain understanding of the technological design process and come to understand how physics and chemistry are utilized to solve modern human engineering challenges.

#16 - Stonecutters Bridge: Hong Kong

Season 5 - Episode 4

Suspended above one of the world's busiest waterways, the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong will set a new record for the longest cable-stayed span, over a kilometer in length.

#17 - Building a Destroyer

Season 6 - Episode 4

#18 - Kuwait Tower

Season 8 - Episode 3

The world's tallest twisting structure, Kuwait's Al Hamra Tower, is looked at.

#19 - JFK: JetBlue Terminal

Season 5 - Episode 3

The original 1962 TWA Terminal (Terminal 5) at New York's JFK International Airport is remodeled for JetBlue Airlines. The 26 gates of the new low-profile structure will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year.

#20 - Super Stadium

Season 4 - Episode 1

The series takes a look at the construction of the new stadium for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. The state-of-the-art structure is scheduled to be completed in August 2006. It will feature North America's first slide-out tray field, a "pie-slice" construction method and a unique steel-ribbon outer shell.

#21 - Dubai's Ski Resort

Season 3 - Episode 6

How do you make your mall stand out? By building one of the world's largest indoor ski resorts--in the deserts of Dubai! Ski Dubai features snow-making machines and slopes ranging in difficulty from easy to "black diamond."

#22 - Building Hong Kong's Airport

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hong Kong has outgrown its small airport and quickly needed a new one in order to maintain its high traffic flow. The only place to put this new world class airport... 16 miles out in the ocean. This would require 22 miles of new super highway. It was predicted to take decades, but engineers were only given 7 years to build it.

#23 - Panama Canal

Season 7 - Episode 5

New $5.25 billion expansion projects.

#24 - Abu Dhabi

Season 7 - Episode 7

Al Raha Beach Development in Abu Dhabi

#25 - Cooper River Bridge

Season 2 - Episode 7

Connecting the bustling port city of Charleston and Mount Pleasant in South Carolina, the Cooper River Bridge will be the longest cable-stay bridge in America. Spanning 490 metres across a busy shipping lane, the bridge has to be built of sturdy stuff. But the biggest threat to its survival is nature. Not only is the structure standing on one of the most seismic spots on the East Coast, it also faces the frequent threat of 300kmph hurricanes. The engineers faced a very tall order – especially with a relatively low budget of $531million. The mainline structure will accommodate eight 4m-wide lanes of traffic, separated by a central barrier. The road deck itself is suspended 54m above sea level by 128 individual cables, strung in parallel from the diamond-shaped support towers. Cable-stayed bridges consist of one or more pillars located in the middle of the span, with cables supporting the roadbed. In this case, each cable is capable of holding 500 tons. To protect the cables from changing weather conditions and moisture they’re enclosed in high-density polymer pipes. Rock barrier islands have been built up around the support towers to prevent ships from careering into the bridge. Plastic hinge zones are being built into towers to allow flexibility during an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. In addition, a damping system has been developed to ensure the structure can withstand hurricane-force wind. The Cooper River Bridge is designed to remain in operation for the next 100 years.