7:30pm – Wednesday, January 2 on ABC2
Discover the technology and innovation behind some of the world’s most awe-inspiring structures, from Vietnam to South Africa in Mega Builders Series 5.
This series looks at the amazing engineering projects around the world, as engineers, architects and planners continue to push the boundaries of creativity and human ingenuity to meet the increasing demands of life in the 21st century. From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to London, U.K., watch as the industry’s game-changers and experts pull off incredible structural feats.
Capturing the biggest, most complex and undeniably stressful engineering projects around the world, Mega Builders features some of the most remarkable construction projects in modern engineering. The series follows history-making builds and the bold teams behind them, featuring one-on-one interviews with engineers, designers and project managers. The stress of looming deadlines, budget overruns, and trying to achieve what often seems like the unachievable is all in a day’s work for these men and women.
In this episode, witness the construction of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, a stunning snake-like, arch-adorned sculpture in steel and concrete, designed by world famous architect Zaha Hadid.
Building the Sheikh Zayed Bridge is a king-sized headache for Mark Jones, the engineer assembling its giant signature arches. The bridge is millions over budget and years behind schedule. Also, when art meets engineering, worlds collide. Mega Builders follow Jones and his crew as they solve one frustrating challenge after another, lifting and joining together 600-ton steel segments bigger than houses to complete the South Marina Arch on the world’s most difficult bridge.