Extreme Engineering Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Extreme Engineering: Season 9 (2011)

Extreme Engineering: Season 8 (2010)

Extreme Engineering: Season 7 (2009)

  • Season 7 Episode 8: Nasa

    Danny Forster explores the transition from the Space Shuttle to the Constellation programme when he visits Nasa

  • Season 7 Episode 7: Abu Dhabi

    Danny Forster explores the multi-billion dollar Al Raha Beach development, where innovative buildings are erected on land reclaimed from the sea

  • Season 7 Episode 6: Peru Dam & Tunnel

    Danny Forster travels to Olmos, Peru, to investigate how the construction of one of the deepest tunnels ever attempted will affect the local drought-ridden farms

  • Season 7 Episode 5: Panama Canal

    Danny Forster travels to Olmos to learn how one of the deepest tunnels ever attempted will impact drought-ridden farms in western Peru

  • Season 7 Episode 4: Navy Amphibious Warship

    Danny Forster examines the LPD17, a new assault ship for the US Navy that can launch over 700 marines with their equipment using helicopters and hovercrafts

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Hong Kong Bridge

    Danny Forster climbs the Stonecutters Bridge on China's south coast, which has a 1,018-metre span and is considered an engineering marvel

  • Season 7 Episode 2: CityCenter, Las Vegas

    Architect Danny Forster joins engineering crews in various roles, gaining a first-hand insight into the work they carry out

  • Season 7 Episode 1: Dallas Cowboys Stadium

    Danny Foster explores the engineering feats that made possible the construction of the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, which can hold more than 100,000 fans

Extreme Engineering: Season 6 (2007 - 2008)

  • Season 6 Episode 14: Major League Stadium

    Amazing feats of engineering designed by some of the most audacious and innovative manufacturers in the industry are put to the test, in this case, the Major League Stadium

  • Season 6 Episode 13: Deepest Tunnel

    Architect Danny Forster travels to Istanbul, where he gets an insight into one of the most daring and ambitious engineering projects on Earth, and discovers how to tunnel through water

  • Season 6 Episode 12: Mountain of Steel

    Architect Danny Forster boards a helicopter in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, taking to the air for a bird's-eye view of the 140 square-mile complex that comprises the 2000 City of Culture and pilgrimage centre

  • Season 6 Episode 11: Turbo-Charged Boats

    Danny Forster joins a team rebuilding a racing boat in Florida, and takes part in a practice test

  • Season 6 Episode 10: High Risk Tower

    Danny Forster gets an inside view of the building of the Trump Tower in Chicago, which is made entirely of reinforced concrete and officially the world's tallest formwork structure

  • Season 6 Episode 9: Biggest Casino

    Following the owners of the Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas as they try to construct an upscale addition to their existing property

  • Season 6 Episode 8: Floating City

    Amazing feats of engineering designed by some of the most audacious and innovative manufacturers in the industry are put to the test

  • Season 6 Episode 7: Hurricane-Proof Homes

    Architect Danny Forster joins engineering crews using a new method of construction to replace homes damaged by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast

  • Season 6 Episode 6: Fault Zone Tunnel

    Inside one of the world's most dangerous tunnelling projects, as Danny Forster works with miners outside Los Angeles to dig two tunnels intended to supply water to California

  • Season 6 Episode 5: Boot Camp

    Danny Forster spends a week with a firm of builders, and receives training on the site's heavy machinery and learning the daily routine, under the careful scrutiny of his sceptical colleagues

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Super Fast Warship

    Danny Forster explores a US Navy destroyer, accompanying the teams responsible for refuelling the ship and interpreting the radar systems. Later, he visits Maine's Bath Iron Works shipyard

  • Season 6 Episode 3: World's Tallest Skyscraper

    Danny Forster gets a first-hand look at the frame of the Shanghai World Financial Centre, which upon its completion, became the tallest structure in the Republic of China

  • Season 6 Episode 2: Battle Machines

    Danny Forster heads to Anniston Army Depot, where he attempts to re-assemble an Abrams tank, and helps build components for the machine before testing his handiwork on the firing range

  • Season 6 Episode 1: Coaster Build Off

    Danny Forster assists with the building of a new rollercoaster, and takes a ride on some of the newest 'scream machines' to uncover how they are pushing the limits of human physical endurance

Extreme Engineering: Season 5 (2006)

Extreme Engineering: Season 4 (2006 - 2007)

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Space Tower

    The construction of Madrid's 700ft-tall Space Tower, one of Spain's tallest buildings and the world's only skyscraper to boast a different floor plan on each level

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Big Easy Rebuild

    Danny Forster examines some of the engineering projects that are helping to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Sakhalin Oil and Ice

    Danny Forster travels to the Russian island of Sakhalin, where the huge oil rigs and natural gas plants are being constructed to exploit the area's natural resources

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Biggest Warship

    The construction of the world's largest aircraft carrier the USS George HW Bush - a floating city designed to serve as a combat airport, defending American interests around the world

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Malaysia Smart Tunnel

    In order to prevent floods like the ones in 1999 and 2003 that devastated the city of Kuala Lumpur, the government has begun the construction of a tunnel about 14 km long to drain the water to a pond outside the city.

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Super-Stadium

    The Arizona Cardinals' showcase sports arena the University of Phoenix Stadium which, with its slide-out tray field, could be the shape of things to come in stadium design

Extreme Engineering: Season 3 (2005 - 2006)

Extreme Engineering: Season 2 (2004 - 2005)

  • Season 2 Episode 9: Excavators

    The design of a $10million custom-built excavator - a machine used to produce ferrous supplies for global export - for use in the world's largest opencast iron mine

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Looking into the Milau Bridge

    The technology behind the cable-stayed Millau Viaduct in southern France, which boasts the highest bridge piers in the world and reaches an overall height of more than 336 metres

  • Season 2 Episode 7: Cooper River Bridge

    Architect Danny Forster heads to Charleston, South Carolina, to meet engineers who are trying to build the largest cable-stay bridge in America, in the face of hurricanes and earthquakes

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Off-Shore Oil Platform

    Architect Danny Forster joins engineering crews in various roles, gaining a first-hand insight into the work they carry out

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Iceland Tunnels

    Diggers congregate in Iceland's Eastern Highland to participate in an audacious engineering challenge, carving through miles of solid rock to create a tunnel

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Oakland Bay Bridge

    The construction of an earthquake-proof bridge to replace the heavily congested link between San Francisco and the East Bay in California

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Container Ships

    A look at the new cargo vessels that are pushing the limits of what can be built with today's materials and changing the industry

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Venice Floodgates

    How teams of designers and engineers constructed a series of steel barriers in Venice to prevent the encroaching Adriatic Sea from flooding the historic city

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Turning Torso

    The attempt to build the tallest skyscraper in northern Europe, designed to stand 600ft tall when completed. Engineers brave the freezing temperatures, dark winters and tempestuous winds of Malmo, Sweden, to get the building up on schedule - only to discover they must rethink their original plan

Extreme Engineering: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Widening the Panama Canal

    Tiff Needell narrates 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 shipping for the duration of the construction. A Russian oil tanker is followed on its journey to showcase the remarkable nature of this structure, while members of the two companies vying to take on the project discuss their plans

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Boston's Big Dig

    Architect Danny Forster explores the transport system in Boston, Massachusetts, which features a multi-lane underground motorway and the widest cable-stayed bridge ever made

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Holland's Barrier to the Sea

    Architect Danny Forster examines Holland's Delta Works and Measlandkering flood defences, which collectively hold back three rivers and the North Sea

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Building Hong Kong's Airport

    Tiff Needell narrates the story behind the construction of Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport, an ambitious project that took seven years to complete. As the city grew, the original terminal became both inadequately small and potentially dangerous, requiring planes to navigate between skyscrapers to land, leaving engineers with no choice but to create an entirely new island and build the world's largest suspension bridge to link the structure to the city

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Tunneling Through the Alps

    Tiff Needell presents a documentary series examining ambitious engineering schemes, beginning with a multi-billion dollar project to build two railway tunnels running under the Swiss Alps. Stretching 21 and 31 miles, these two structures are the largest of their kind ever attempted, and when finished will allow passengers to travel from Milan to Zurich in less than two hours. The tunnels are dug by gigantic boring machines three storeys high and the length of four football fields, equipped with 30ft-wide drills capable of smashing through 130ft of rock a day. However, the project carries great environmental and safety risks, and extreme measures have to be taken to ensure nothing goes wrong

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Bridging the Bering Strait

    Already on the drawing boards, a bridge to join North America with Asia holds the promise of unprecedented economic growth on both continents.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: City in a Pyramid

    Proposals for a massive pyramid housing skyscrapers within its structure to be built over water, in a bid to ease overcrowding in Tokyo

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Transatlantic Tunnel

    Architect Danny Forster explores prototypes of floating intercontinental tunnels, which 5,000 mph magnetically levitated trains could travel between New York, London and Paris

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Building the Great Pyramid

    Myths surround the construction of the largest pyramid.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Subways in America

    After decades of neglect, New York's subway is now nearing collapse. Cameras follow as work gets started on an ambitious project to completely repair it

  • Season 1 Episode 1: City in a Pyramid

    In Japan, plans are on the table to build the tallest structure on Earth: a towering, vertical city that will house more than 100,000 people.

Extreme Engineering: Other Episodes

  • The Quest for Water

    Exploring the human control of water, including dams, tunnels and the technology protecting Venice from floods

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