MegaStructures

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MegaStructures
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Format Documentary film
Narrated by Jonathan Hart, Tom Goodman-Hill, Greg Stebner, Marlon Singleton
Theme music composer David Sharp
Composer(s) Stuart Fox (1 episode)
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 100+
Production
Producer(s) Hoff Productions (16 eps)
Running time 1-hour (inc. commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel National Geographic Channel, Channel 5, France 5, 7mate[1]
Original run 2004 – present
External links
Website
Production website

MegaStructures is a documentary television series appearing on the National Geographic Channel in the United States and the United Kingdom, Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, France 5 in France, and 7mate in Australia.

Each episode is an educational look of varying depth into the construction, operation, and staffing of various structures or construction projects, but not ordinary construction products.

Generally containing interviews with designers and project managers, it presents the problems of construction and the methodology or techniques used to overcome obstacles. In some cases (such as the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Petronas Towers) this involved the development of new materials or products that are now in general use within the construction industry.

MegaStructures focuses on constructions that are extreme; in the sense that they are the biggest, tallest, longest, or deepest in the world. Alternatively, a project may appear if it had an element of novelty or are a world first (such as Dubai's Palm Islands). This type of project is known as a Megaproject.

The series follows similar subjects as the History Channel's Modern Marvels and Discovery Channel's Extreme Engineering; covering areas of architecture, transport, construction and manufacturing.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2004)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
01  United States U.S.S. Ronald Reagan Nimitz class Supercarrier for the U.S. Navy — The USS Ronald Reagan is a 4.5 billion-dollar Nimitz-class supercarrier. Powered by 2 nuclear reactors, the 1100 ft. long vessel is equipped with all the necessary facilities to house 6,000 personnel and over 80 aircraft. Viewers are given an exclusive look at how the crew of this ‘floating naval base’ is put through a series of tests in order to obtain their flight deck certification. Take a glimpse at the various facilities on the ship that keep the 6,000-strong crew fed, rested, and entertained. 2004-09-15
02  Germany Autobahn German Autobahnen — What began as a racing track grew into a sophisticated high-speed road system, linking to almost all the major cities in Germany. The Autobahn boasts super thick road beds, 4% or less grades, wide lanes, and utilizes sophisticated technology. 2004-09-19
03  United Kingdom France Channel Tunnel Undersea tunnel between Coquelles, France and Folkestone, United Kingdom — 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, it totals 153 km in length. This episode 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. 2004-09-22
04  United States Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) Tallest building in Chicago, Illinois — 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 tower's secrets. And get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the various systems and controls that are vital to the building, such as security monitoring, elevators, the water and power distribution that supplies its many floors, and even the machines that clean the windows. 2004-09-29
05  Japan Kansai International Airport Airport on artificial island in Osaka Bay — 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. This episode looks at various measures that are taken to keep the airport ‘afloat,' and the various facilities and services available to keep the airport running. 2004-10-13
06  Japan Akashi Kaikyo Bridge World's longest suspension bridge — In 1955, two ferries sank along the Akashi Strait in Japan, killing 168 children. The tragedy led to 30 years of research to design a bridge that would link Awaji Island to Kobe. The bridge would need to be able to withstand severe earthquakes and typhoons. In 1988, Japan began construction of the world’s longest, highest and most expensive suspension bridge. This episode presents a stage by stage look at the construction of the bridge, and the obstacles faced in its construction, including the Kobe earthquake in 1995. 2004-10-20
07  Brazil  Paraguay The World's Most Powerful Dam (Itaipu Dam) Dam on the Paraná River — 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 the culmination of the efforts, accomplishments, and cooperation of two countries, Brazil and Paraguay. This 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. 2004-10-27
08  Malaysia Petronas Towers Twin tower skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur — Designed by Cesar Pelli, the Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings as of their completion date. Located in Kuala Lumpur, the 88 story, 450m tall twin towers carry an Islamic geometrical influence, and are a symbol of Malaysian pride. To foster competition, the contract for the construction of the towers was awarded to two different construction companies, each assigned to work on one of the towers. This episode examines the race between the companies to each complete their tower first, as well as various construction challenges, including soil quality issues, the unique cement mixture that was needed as a steel substitute, and tropical weather. 2004-11-10
09  United States Inside a Super Casino Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey — Megastructures gets an inside look at the 13-year design and construction of Atlantic City's towering new casino, the Borgata. 2004-12-01

Season 2 (2005)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
10  United States Golden Gate Bridge Iconic bridge over San Francisco Bay in San Francisco 2005-03-02
11  United States Alcatraz Former prison island in San Francisco Bay, California 2005-03-16
12  United States Inside The Pentagon Headquarters of the US Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia 2005-04-01
13  Singapore World's Busiest Port Port of Singapore, Republic of Singapore 2005-05-13
14  South Africa Tau Tona, City of Gold World's deepest mining operations in Carletonville, South Africa 2005-05-21
15  United States , 2005-06-22
16  Canada Black Gold (Oil Mine) Syncrude and Shell Canada in oil sands located in Alberta, Canada 2005-07-20
17  Canada Diamond Diggers Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada's first diamond mine, near Lac De Gras, Northwest Territories, Canada 2005-07-27
18 ? Sea Launch Ocean Odyssey and Sea Launch Commander 2005-08-03
19  Netherlands North Sea Wall Delta Works 2005-08-17
20  United Arab Emirates The World's Most Extreme Island (Impossible Islands)[2] Dubai's artificial palm islands, United Arab Emirates 2005-09-13
21  United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway Car racetrack in Speedway, Indiana 2005-09-13
22  Netherlands Port of Rotterdam (Super Port) The largest port in Europe, in Rotterdam, Netherlands 2005-09-20
23  United States Air Force Transport (Mega Plane) C-5 Galaxy with the U.S. Air Force 2005-09-20
24  United States North Branch Correctional Institution (Hi-Tech Prison) High Security Prison, Allegany County, Maryland 2005-09-27
25 - Airbus A380 (World's Biggest Airliner) Biggest jumbo jet in commercial service 2005-10-04
26  United States USS Virginia Virginia-class submarine with the U.S. Navy 2005-10-11
27  United States Ultimate Casino Venetian Hotel Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada 2005-10-18
28  United States The Ultimate Roller coaster Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme part in Jackson, New Jersey 2005-10-25
29  United States Spy Fortress NORAD North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado 2005-10-25
30  Germany Berlin Train Terminal (Berlin's Grand Central) Berlin Hauptbahnhof station in Berlin, Germany 2005-11-15
31  United States Boston's Big Dig Central Artery / Tunnel Project in Boston, Massachusetts 2005-11-22
32  Netherlands Ultimate Oil Rigs Construction of new oil rigs 2005-12-06
33  Kazakhstan Baikonur Cosmodrome Russian space launch facility in Tyuratam, Kazakhstan 2005-12-13
34  France World's Tallest Bridge (Millau Bridge) viaduct near Millau, France 2005-12-20
35  China Mega Ship Orient Overseas Container Line / OOCL Atlanta ship 2005-12-27

Season 3 (2006)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
36  Germany Berlin Wall Wall dividing Germany during the Cold War 2006-03-14
37  Greece Impossible Bridges: Greece Rio–Antirrio bridge, Gulf of Corinth, Greece 2006-05-02
38  Denmark  Sweden Impossible Bridges: Denmark to Sweden Oresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden 2006-04-18
39  United States Hoover Dam Colorado River border between Nevada and Arizona in USA 2006-05-16
40  United States Inside "NCIS" Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the U.S. Navy 2006-05-30
41  United States Garbage Mountain Puente Hills Landfill in Whittier, California 2006-08-01
42 - "Machines of War": Tanks History and evolution of the tank 2006-03-08
43 Supertanker Seri Amanah, a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) carrier ship 2006-08-31
44 - "Machines of War": Cruise Missile The history and development of the cruise missile 2006-03-10
45 ? Science of Steel The world's metal construction material of choice 2006-03-11
46  United States "Megafactories": Apache Helicopter Boeing Defense, Space & Security plant in Mesa, Arizona 2006-09-28
47 - "Machines of War": Guns The history and evolution of the gun 2006-03-13
48  Panama Panama Canal Unlocked Panama Canal Expansion Project, Central America 2006-10-19
49 - Science of Brick The world's oldest man-made building material 2006-03-15
50 - Science of Concrete The world's most used building material 2006-03-16
51  Italy "Megafactories": Ferrari Ferrari S.p.A. factory in Maranello, Italy 2006-12-07

Season 4 (2007–2008)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
52  United Arab Emirates World's Tallest Hotel Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  ?
53  Sweden Ice Hotel Working hotel made of ice near Jukkasjärvi, Sweden  ?
54  United Arab Emirates World Island Wonder Palm Islands artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  ?
55  United Kingdom Super Pipeline Gas pipeline from Norway to Great Britain  ?
56  United States Hawaii Superferry catamaran ferry service between Hawaiian Islands from 2007 to 2009  ?
57  United States Sinking an Aircraft Carrier Creating the world's largest artificial reef with the USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida 2008-05-29
58  United States Bridge Breakdown Demolition of the (1927) Carquinez Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area 2008-05-15
59  United States 747 Destruction Evergreen Air Center storage facility for decommissioned aeroplanes in Marana, Arizona 2008
60  China Beijing Water Cube Beijing National Aquatics Center built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 2008-05-13[3]
61  China Shanghai Super Tower Shanghai World Financial Centre in Shanghai, China 2008-05-20[3]
62  China China's Ultimate Port Yangshan Port in Hangzhou Bay 2008-05-27[3]
63  China World's Biggest Casino The Venetian Macao, the world's biggest casino in Macau  ?
64  Iceland Icelandic Super Dam The building of the Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant, Europe's biggest dam in Iceland  ?
65  China Beijing Olympic Stadium the building of the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 2008-08-05
66  France  Switzerland Atom Smasher The Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland  ?
67  China Impossible Bridges: China Lupu Bridge in Shanghai, Runyang Bridge in Jiangsu Province, and Sutong Bridge near Suzhou  ?
68  United States Ultimate Sub (Super Sub) USS Texas (Virginia class submarine) in the U.S. Navy  ?
69  Spain United States Man Made Sun Experimental solar collection farms in Spain and near Las Vegas, Nevada  ?
70  Malaysia SMART Tunnel SMART Tunnel for road and storm water drainage in Kuala Lumpur  ?
71  Germany Future Trains Maglev train  ?
72  United Arab Emirates Building the World The World (archipelago) of artificial islands in Dubai  ?
73  United Arab Emirates Dubai's Dream Palace the innovative Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  ?
74  United States Train Wreck the recycling of obsolete train locomotives in the USA  ?
75  China Building Green Beijing 2010 environmental improvement plan in Beijing, China  ?

Season 5 (2008–2009)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
76 - Dam Busters The controlled demolition of a dam 2009-01-07
77  United States Miami Super Stadium the demolition of the Orange Bowl stadium in Miami, Florida  ?
78  United States Grand Canyon Skywalk Overlook of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona 2009-03-18
79  Russia Soviet Doomsday Sub the dismantling of a Soviet Typhoon-class submarine in Northern Russia 2009-03-08
80 - Train Wreck 2009-03-25
81 - Electric Ocean Developing ocean waves and tidal currents as energy sources. This episode watches the installation of three tidal projects around the world, including the SeaGen project by Marine Current Turbines in Strangford Lough. 2009-04-08
82 - Ultimate Chopper AgustaWestland EH101  ?
83 - Icebreaker 2009-07-23
84  United States Super Sky Tram the construction of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram in Jackson, Wyoming  ?
85  United Kingdom UK Super Train the High Speed 1 high speed train service in the United Kingdom  ?
86  United Arab Emirates Skyscraper in the Round construction of the round Aldar headquarters building skyscraper in Abu Dhabi  ?

Season 6 (2011)[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate TV Rating
87  Singapore Singapore's Vegas[4][5] Building the Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino in Singapore 3 February 2011 on 7mate[1] Oflcpg.png
88  China World's Tallest TV Tower Building one of the world's tallest TV towers, the Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower (now called the Canton Tower 10 February 2011 on 7mate[1] Oflcg.png

Unknown season[edit]

# Country Title Subject Original Airdate
89 - South Pole Station A science facility at the South Pole 2007-11-06
90 ? The World's Biggest Cruise Liner The building of cruise liner MS Freedom of the Seas 2008-06-04
91 - Future Bridge Follow the record-breaking effort to rebuild the Minneapolis I-35W bridge in only 17 months, with a focus on its unique engineering 2010
92  United States Money Factory U.S. Treasury 2004
93  Iceland Rockeaters of Iceland Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Project 2006
94 - Deep Sea Drillers 2005
95 ? Deep Earth Drillers The world's largest geothermal power complex 2008
96  Bahrain World Trade Center Bahrain World Trade Center (Manama) 2008
97  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bridge of Mostar 2004
98  United Kingdom The World's Biggest Shredder The 560 tonne "fragmentiser" based at Newport Docks. 2008
99  Bermuda Queen Mary 2 2007-07-16
100  United States Skyscraper (Ultimate Skyscraper) Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, NYC 2009-10-01
101  United States Earthquake Glasshouse Academy of Sciences, California 2008
102 ? Time Bomb Tunnel 2011-01-29
103  China China's Smart Tower 2010-11-26
104 ? Inside Grand Central 2005-12-18
105 ? Wave Energy 2010-05-27
106  United Arab Emirates The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi 2011-01-28
107  United States Extreme Helicopter S-64 Skycrane 2009-06-16
108  United Arab Emirates La Isla Palmera de Dubai 2010-10-21
109 - Heavy Metal Shredding 2011-03-24
110 ? Ecoark 2011-03-27
111 ? Secrets of Oscar Tar Bridge 2010-10-09
112  United Kingdom UK Super Train 2010-01-08
113  South Korea Korean Superlink Busan-Geoje Fixed Link 2011-11-17
114  United Kingdom London Olympic Stadium 2012-05-03
115  United Arab Emirates World's Biggest Tower Burj Khalifa 2012-09-17
116 - Sea Launch 2011-11-06
117  United States Phantom jet F-4 jet  ?
118  United States Prison  ?
119  Kazakhstan Worlds Biggest Tent Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center  ?
120  Singapore Gardens By The Bay  ?

Spin-offs[edit]

Megastructures: Built From Disaster (2009)[edit]

  1. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Bridges" // Wednesday August 26 8-9pm on Channel 5
  2. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Ships" // Thursday September 3 8-9pm on Channel 5
  3. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Tunnels" // Thursday September 10 8-9pm on Channel 5
  4. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Stadiums" // Thursday September 24 8-9pm on Channel 5
  5. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Trains" // Thursday October 8 8-9pm on Channel 5
  6. "Megastructures: Built From Disaster – Skyscrapers" // Thursday October 15 8-9pm on Channel 5

Ancient Megastructures[edit]

  1. "Ancient Megastructures: Chartres Cathedral" // Series 1
  2. "Ancient Megastructures: The Colosseum" // Series 1
  3. "Ancient Megastructures: The Great Pyramid" // Series 1
  4. "Ancient Megastructures: St Paul's Cathedral" // Series 2
  5. "Ancient Megastructures: Alhambra" // Series 2
  6. "Ancient Megastructures: Petra" // Series 2
  7. "Ancient Megastructures: Machu Picchu" // Series 2
  8. "Ancient Megastructures: Angkor Wat" // Series 2
  9. "Ancient Megastructures: Istanbul's Hagia Sophia" // Series 2

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