Humans vs. Nature: Extreme Engineering

From automatic climbing systems to Boston's infamous Big Dig, human civilization is full of remarkable feats of engineering. Check out this playlist for a closer look.

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Extreme Engineering: Acceleration and G Force

How can the human body tolerate the crushing G-force that occurs at high acceleration? Learn more about G-forces on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."


How can the human body tolerate the crushing G-force that occurs at high acceleration? Learn more about G-forces on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Acceleration and G Force

The barriers to protect Venice need an extra amount of strength. This is where the acropod comes in. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Acropods for Venice's Barriers

Would a train traveling inside the transatlantic tunnel be limited to move at a certain speed because of air resistance? The problem of air resistance inside a tunnel is examined on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Air Resistance

Learn about some of the worries of opening Boston's Big Dig tunnel in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Attempting Boston Big Dig

The construction of Sweden's Turning Torso relies on an automatic climbing system (ACS) to get the job done. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Automatic Climbing System

When building a brand new bridge, it's important to build it in balance. Learn about the giant task of bridge building in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Balancing a Bridge

In 1991, construction of the Big Dig in Boston began. 900,000 cubic feet of dirt had to be removed to make way for this incredible tunnel. Learn more on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Beginning Boston Big Dig

While constructing the Boston's Big Dig Tunnel, efforts were also made to save Spectacle Island, a toxic wasteland. This island will now become a National Park, thanks to the Big Dig. Learn more on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Big Dig Green Contribution

One of the biggest concerns of the Big Dig was how to bury I-93 under the current subway stations. Watch how engineers develop a solution on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Highway Under Subway

Learn about some of the most daunting challenges of building Boston's Big Dig in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Challenges

Constructing the Boston tunnel was no small challenge. A basin was created to build one section at a time. Learn about this huge casting basin on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Construction

In order to dig the cavity for the Boston Tunnel, the ground had to be hardened. Learn about the iceberg method in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Iceberg

Just as the Big Dig was well on its way, catastrophe struck. Watch more of this damaging leak on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Leak

Operators monitor the traffic and air quality of Boston's Big Dig tunnel around the clock. Learn about this costly measure in "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Traffic Monitoring

Ventilation was one of the large concerns for the Boston tunnel. Learn about one of the largest ventilation systems in the world on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Boston Tunnel Ventilation

The breakwaters are the first line of defense for Venice against the threatening sea. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Breakwaters to Save Venice

This new bridge in Charleston, South Carolina is engineered to last. Learn how it is engineered to withstand hurricanes for at least the next hundred years on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Bridge Engineered to Last

Getting ten lanes of highway traffic into the new Boston tunnel required an extreme bridge. Learn about the challenges of building the bridge on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Bridge for Boston Tunnel

Building a large steel bridge is much like a ballet. It's a dance between man, machine and monster chunks of steel. Watch this delicate balance in "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Bridge Iron Work

While building a new bridge, the work is never done until the quality control guy says so. Watch as we follow a group of inspectors at work on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Bridge Quality Control

Learn about the amazing engineering of the tension cables used to hold up a bridge in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Bridge Tension Cables

Building a mega container ship is quite a feat. Learn the basic steps in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Build a Container Ship

Building an immersed tunnel requires concrete. Learn more about the process on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Building an Immersed Tunnel

Steel workers are building a new bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn about the new engineering feats and design in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Building the Charleston Bridge

This tunnel boring machine is so massive it has to be built piece by piece at the work site. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Building the Tunnel Boring Machine

While building the Space Tower skyscraper in Madrid, the concrete has been flowing. Now it's time to clean the pipes. Watch how, in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Cleaning Concrete Pipe

The construction workers on the Turning Torso rely on the automatic climbing structure to move from floor to floor. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Climbing Beans

Construction workers on the Turning Torso struggle to pump concrete four hundred feet up to the work area. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Concrete Pumping on Turning Torso

The concrete used to build the Madrid Space Tower needs to be carefully tested. The slump of the concrete has to be exactly right. Watch the excruciating process in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Concrete Slump

Watch how the bridge builders construct a bridge under time constrictions without sacrificing quality in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Constructing a Bridge

The Turning Torso is Sweden's largest building structure. Learn how they put this behemoth together in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Construction of the Turning Torso

James Moses is a Container Crane Operator. He makes this difficult task look as easy as one, two, three.  Watch how he masters his crane in Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Container Crane Operator

To accommodate the new mega container ships, many ports need to expand.  Watch how Pier T receives a makeover to handle these new demands in Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Container Ship Port

The new mega container ship is ready to go to sea. In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering," we watch as the captain takes the ship through the narrow harbor entrance for the first time.
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Extreme Engineering: Container Ship Sea Trials

Learn how dams are built using diversion tunnels in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Dam Flooding and Diversion Tunnels

Learn how to assemble an immersed tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Finishing the Immersed Tunnel

The Italians are taking several measures to save their beloved city of Venice from a flood. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: First Step to Save Venice

Learn about high strength concrete with host Danny Forster from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: High Strength Concrete

Think you've got a tough job? Wait until you see how this Bay Bridge welding team spends their day in this clip from Discovery Channel's, "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: How Bridge Welders Work

In this clip from Discovery Channel's, "Extreme Engineering," explore the Bay Bridge construction site to see how hydraulic hammers help pile drivers endure a grueling 14-hour day.
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Extreme Engineering: How Pile Drivers Work

Learn some of the challenges when trying to hurricane proof a new bridge in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Hurricane Proofing Bridge

The Icelandic hydropower project requires the damming of an ancient canyon. Learn more on this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Iceland Dam

The Iceland dam is a massive undertaking. Learn more about this project in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Iceland Dam Building

The Icelandic hydropower project is a massive undertaking. Learn more about it in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Icelandic Hydropower Project

If a transatlantic tunnel were built, it would be one of the engineering wonders of the world. Experts talk about the possibilities for the tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: If We Built a Transatlantic Tunnel

Installing a fabric foundation underwater to help protect Venice from the sea proves to be a difficult task. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Installing Breakwaters

As the Boston tunnel sections neared completion, engineers were preparing to launch them. The question was, would they float? Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Launching Boston Tunnel Sections

Racing against the clock, watch how shipyard workers struggle to load an entire container ship. Here time is definitely money. Learn more in this video from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Loading Container Ship

Learn how container trains impact the delivery of massive amounts of cargo in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Loading Container Train

Here comes the mother of all pours. "Extreme Engineering" host Danny Forster assists as the construction team pours the large concrete slab for the 23rd floor of the Madrid Space Tower.
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Extreme Engineering: Madrid Space Tower Concrete Pour

Engineers are testing an experimental train that floats on a magnetic field, called Maglev, for magnetic levitation. Learn more about this speedy vehicle on Discovery Channel's series, "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Maglev Train

In the Odense shipyard the new Mega Ship is nearing its completion. Watch as one of the last details is handled under extreme danger, in Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Mega Container Ship

A new tunnel will replace Boston's current I-93 highway through the city. Learn more about this large undertaking in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: New Boston Tunnel

The old bridges of Charleston, South Carolina are accidents waiting to happen. Learn about the challenges for both ships and cars, and how engineers plan to solve them in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Old Charleston Bridges

Watch the grand opening of Boston's Big Dig tunnel in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Opening Boston Tunnel

In this clip, Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering" takes us to the Bay Bridge construction site to see how massive support piles are hoisted.
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Extreme Engineering: Pile Hoisting

The Italians are investing millions to save their beloved city of Venice from floods. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Plan to Save Venice

On the Iceland hydropower project, the crew scramble to prepare for the flooding waters in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Plugging Up Diversion Tunnels

The concrete has arrived! The Madrid Space Tower skyscraper is in the middle of construction. Watch as the workers attempt to pour the concrete, in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Pouring Space Tower Concrete

How much would it cost to build a transatlantic tunnel, and how much work would it be? Find out on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Price of a Transatlantic Tunnel

The elevator shaft is the core of the Madrid Space Tower skyscraper. Watch how they raise it another level in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Raising Elevator Shaft

This clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering" examines the 1989 California earthquake, which registered 7.1 Richter and caused the collapse of the Bay Bridge. In anticipation of another major quake, plans for a stronger replacement were born.
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Extreme Engineering: Rebirth of the Bay Bridge

At the shipyard the workers have already fallen behind on reloading the large container ship. This cargo has to make its deadline, or it will be costly. Watch this intense battle against time in this video from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Reloading a Cargo Ship

San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is the world's longest and deepest immersed tunnel, taking commuters daily across the bay. Learn more about San Francisco's immersed tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: San Francisco's Immersed Tunnel

Unloading a cargo ship is a major task. Ship superintendent Erin is in charge, and the clock is ticking.  Watch how she handles her large crew in this video from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Ship Superintendent

"Extreme Engineering" host Danny Forster is meeting with construction surveyors at the Space Tower in Madrid. They are ensuring that all the floors are correctly aligned. Learn more in this video from Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Skyscraper Surveyors

Danny Forster, host of Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering," is in Madrid helping to construct the Space Tower concrete skyscraper.  Watch as the team races against the clock to prepare before the concrete arrives.
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Extreme Engineering: Space Tower Concrete Construction

The elevator shaft is the core of this concrete skyscraper. Watch how the construction team uses a self-climbing formwork to raise it to the next level, in Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Space Tower Concrete Core

Construction for Boston's new tunnel into the ground took three years. Learn more about this agonizingly slow process on "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Squeezing Boston Tunnel

Before the new tunnel could be installed, all the power and sewer pipes had to be relocated. The existing highway also had to be supported. Watch as engineers take on this challenge in "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Supporting Boston Highway

When constructing an all concrete skyscraper, workers first need to set up a temporary platform. Watch how, in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Temporary Skyscraper Platform

In Denmark, the new container ships are almost complete. Watch how these ships are tested, in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Testing Container Ship

Malamocco and Pellestrina, neighbors of Venice, have adopted their own methods for preventing floods. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: The Moses Project

The concept of a transatlantic tunnel is brought to life on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: The Transatlantic Tunnel

The secret of the Madrid Space Tower is the tilted concrete columns. In this video from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering, watch as the team angles them precisely into position to create this special construction.
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Extreme Engineering: Tilted Concrete Columns

Considered by some as an impossible idea, the transatlantic tunnel could allow people to commute from the United States to Europe in less than an hour. Learn more about the transatlantic tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Commuting

Using computer animation, take a ride on the transatlantic train and see some of the proposed features on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Train Journey

What would happen if an accident occurred on the transatlantic tunnel? A disaster scenario is simulated on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Tunnel Accident

Take a look at the proposed design and depth for the transatlantic tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Tunnel Design

This tunnel boring machine uses its cutter head to drill through solid rock. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Tunnel Boring Cutter Head

Check out this massive tunnel boring machine in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Tunnel Boring Machine

Before use, the tunnel boring machine's cutter head has to be inspected. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Tunnel Boring Machine Inspection

Fire is the biggest concern for tunnel engineers because smoke has no where to travel. Learn more about safety hazards within a tunnel on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering."
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Extreme Engineering: Tunnel Hazards

Construction workers on the Turning Torso work on the circular hallway in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Circular Hallway

Construction workers on the Turning Torso rely on this massive crane to lift their huge pieces. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Crane

Meet the ambitious development team for the Turning Torso apartment building in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Development Team

Construction workers on the Turning Torso struggle to fit rebar into place in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Rebar

Construction workers on the Turning Torso install a staircase by dangling it through a small hole in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Staircase

Construction workers on the Turning Torso brave the dizzying heights to install these table forms. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Table Form

Construction on the Turning Torso is delayed due to unsafe wind speeds in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Turning Torso Weather Delays

Unloading a large container ship is a giant task. In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering," we watch as workers keep the delicate balance between unloading and reloading new containers.
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Extreme Engineering: Unloading Container Ship

There are many sunken treasures below the depths of Venice. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Venetian Underwater Discoveries

Installing acropods for Venice's barriers is tricky and dangerous. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Venice Acropod Installation

Venice is under constant flood danger from the Adriatic Sea. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Venice Floods

Historic buildings in Venice are threatened by increasing floods. Learn more in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Venice Threatened by Sea

Learn about Venice's greatest flood in this clip from "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Venice's Greatest Flood

All approvals were finally in order to start the Big Dig, but now there was no way to do it. Watch as engineers find a way around this problem in "Extreme Engineering" on Discovery Channel.
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Extreme Engineering: Way to Build Boston Tunnel

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