The BEST Episodes of Extreme Engineering
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Each episode of Extreme Engineering discussed some major construction project, some of them are projects that have already been completed like Hong Kong's airport. Others talked abount projects that are currently under construction like Tuneling Under the Alps. And some episodes talked about more futuristic projects that may never be done like the Transatlantic Tunnel. Most episodes finished by examining some sort of disaster scenario which could threaten or ruin the project that was being examined.
#1 - Building Mumbai's Modern Airport
Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 2, 2011
The $2 billion Mumbai Airport Expansion project is one of India's most ambitious undertakings ever. If they succeed, it could completely change the way airports are designed.
#2 - Excavators
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2004
In northern Minnesota, the operators of the world's largest open-pit iron mine commission the construction of a $10 million custom-built super-shovel in the hopes of making excavation more efficient.
#3 - Singapore Sky Park
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 8, 2010
Singapore's Skypark will hang 650 feet in the air on top of 3 skyscrapers.
#4 - Venice Flood Gates
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 14, 2004
Venice floodgates Fact file When built: Started 2003, completion due 2010 Height: 30m Weight: 300 tons each Timescale: Seven years Construction material: Steel Number of barriers: 79 Capacity: Stop tides of up to 2m In 1900, St. Mark's Square in Venice flooded about 10 times a year. Now water covers it 100 times a year. Global warming is causing sea levels around the world to rise and environmental experts believe Venice may well go the same way as Atlantis. In September 2003, work began to prevent the city’s 45km of canals from cannibalising its ancient architecture. Phase one saw dredging machines begin to remove 3.8 million cubic metres of clay from the lagoon bed at the mouth of its three inlets. This is being replaced with 9m tons of rock and concrete to provide a sturdy foundation to fix the 79 steel floodgates. Each is bigger than a football field and weighs over 300 tons. When not in use, the gates will lie flat against the lagoon floor. At the threat of a high tide, hydraulic valves can be opened at the flick of a switch allowing the gates to pivot into position. At a cost of $3 billion, the project isn’t exactly cheap. But then, it’s less than the estimated losses during Venice’s worst ever flood in 1966.
#5 - Widening the Panama Canal
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 4, 2003
A documentary looking at plans to update the Panama Canal. This magnificent waterway cuts through 50 miles of tropical jungle, allowing ships to travel easily from the Atlantic to the Pacific. However, time has passed this engineering marvel by - many modern supercargo ships are three times the size the canal can safely accommodate, so plans are in motion to widen the structure. The project faces all manner of environmental challenges, as well as leaving the canal closed to…
#6 - The Snohvit Arctic Gas Processing Platform
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 19, 2005
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.
#7 - Big Easy Rebuild
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 5, 2006
This episode takes a look at the emergency repairs implemented in order to help the city of New Orleans recover from the disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. Katrina was one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history and New Orleans bore the brunt of its fierce attack.
#8 - Space Tower
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 12, 2006
The 700-ft.-high Torre del Espacio (Space Tower) will be the tallest skyscraper in Spain upon completion. In this episode, the cameras film the week-long struggle to repair one level of the building.
#9 - South Ferry Subway Station
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2006
The South Ferry Terminal subway station is the first new subway station in New York City since the early 1900s.
#10 - World's Biggest Arch Bridge
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2006
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.
#11 - Stonecutters Bridge: Hong Kong
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2006
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.
#12 - High Risk Tower
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 18, 2007
Building a Trump's Tower in Chicago
#13 - Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 20, 2009
Building the new Cowboys Stadium
#14 - CityCenter, Las Vegas
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 21, 2009
The CityCenter development in Las Vegas aspires to change the desert vacationland into a continental metropolis
#15 - Hong Kong Bridge
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 27, 2009
Building the Stonecutters Bridge.
#16 - Navy Amphibious Warship
Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2009
The LPD17 is a new class of warship.
#17 - Rio De Janeiro's Power Island Project
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 15, 2010
Rio de Janeiro has frequent widespread blackouts. So Brazil is building one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the world, consisting of two hydroelectric dam's (Anta and Simplício).
#18 - New Orleans Surge Barrier
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 2010
In an attempt to save the city from another disaster, New Orleans is building the world's strongest hurricane protection system, including the largest storm surge barrier ever built and radical hurricane resistant homes.
#19 - South Africa's Mponeng Gold Mine
Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired May 13, 2010
Travel to the deepest place on Earth, Johannesburg, South Africa's Mponeng Gold Mine.
#20 - Gotthard Base Tunnel
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired May 30, 2010
The Swiss government is spending 18 billion dollars to create the Gotthard Base Tunnel - the longest tunnel in the world, getting people and goods through the Alps up to 3 times faster and ultimately changing European transit forever.
#21 - Abu Dhabi Central Market
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 17, 2010
Abu Dhabi's $15 billion Central Market will be a new cultural hub for an emerging world destination, complete with offices, parks, luxurious shops, and hotels - and all centered around the world's tallest residential tower, over 1250 feet high.
#22 - Port of Rotterdam
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 1, 2010
Danny Forster goes behind the scenes at the Port of Rotterdam, where crews are in the middle of the largest Earth-moving project in history - all to triple the port's capacity, and help it serve the biggest ships on the planet.
#23 - Rebuilding New York City's Subway
Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 8, 2011
Danny takes us to New York City, where the largest public works project in the country is happening: a $15 billion expansion of the NYC transit system. He heads 150 feet underground to find out what can be done without shutting down the city above.
#24 - Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation
Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 22, 2011
#25 - London's Olympic Aquatic Stadium
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 29, 2011
The London Aquatics Centre will host 44 swimming & diving events during the 2012 Olympics and live on as a new addition to the London landscape. Danny Forster goes with crews as they construct one of the most advanced swimming facilities ever built.