Examining the advances in engineering that made some of the worldGÇÖs most iconic structures possible. Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the key inventions that allowed structures to evolve from simple and small into complex and BIG. Each episode opens showcasing the largest example of its kind and asks the question, GÇÿhow did it grow so big?GÇÖ Then a whirlwind tour of CGI, demonstrations and actuality delivers the answer. Superstructures grow, evolve, bend, twist, move and collapse to reveal their secret workings - buckle up and prepare to be amazed! BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST - SERIES 1 SKYSCRAPER The tallest man-made structure on earth GÇô nearly half a mile tall GÇô is the Burj Dubai. This film explores how this building was made possible through a series of seven historic engineering breakthroughs. We have lined up seven landmark buildings that each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to reach ever taller into the sky. Using high-end computer generated imagery that makes up 50% of the film, weGÇÖll reveal the incredible stories behind these structures and the inventions that have driven them higher. Seven ingenious leaps forward that enabled skyscrapers to evolve GÇªfrom BIG to BIGGER into the worldGÇÖs BIGGEST. AIRCRAFT CARRIER The biggest aircraft carrier in the world GÇô weighing over 100,000 tons GÇô is the USS Nimitz. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build this super-structure. From its steam catapults and mirror landing aids to its nuclear engines and unique mega-block construction system. We reveal the technology that enables the USS Nimitz to sail for over 20 years without refuelling, to house a crew of 6,000 men and women, to launch a supersonic jet fighter every twenty seconds and detect enemy threats nearly 300 miles away. Using a mix of stunning CGI animation and on-location filming, this film reveals the innovations that changed Aircraft Carrier design forever and enabled them to grow in size and scale GÇªfrom BIG to BIGGER into the USS Nimitz GÇô the worldGÇÖs BIGGEST. BRIDGE The longest spanning bridge in the world GÇô stretching unsupported for nearly two miles over the Akashi Strait GÇô is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs have led to the development of this sea-spanning super-structure. From robots that paint it to the wires supporting its deck GÇô long enough to stretch over seven times around the world - to its earthquake proof towers. We reveal how the bridge is made from over a quarter of a million tonnes of steel, how itGÇÖs 28,000 tonne cables are anchored into the riverbanks, and how the engineers built a scale model of the bridge GÇô 40 metres long GÇô to test how its design would stand up to typhoon winds of up to 180 miles per hour. Using a mix of stunning CGI animation and on-location filming, this film reveals the innovations that changed Bridge design forever and enabled them to grow in size and scale GÇªfrom BIG to BIGGER into the Akashi Kaikyo GÇô the worldGÇÖs BIGGEST. AIRPORT Heathrow Airport in London is the busiest international airport in the world. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build the most modern terminal of this super-structure GÇôTerminal 5. With its enormous free span roof and fully automated baggage system to the robotic vehicles speeding passengers to its doors, T5 is designed to feed 30 million extra passengers through Heathrow. Using a mix of spectacular CGI animation and on-location filming, this film shows in stunning detail the innovations that changed airports forever and enabled them to growGÇªfrom BIG to BIGGER into Heathrow Airport GÇô the worldGÇÖs BIGGEST BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST - SERIES 2 Episode 1 - SUBMARINE At 171m long, the USS Pennsylvania is the biggest submarine in the US Navy. It can dive deeper than a thousand feet, sail for 20 years without refueling, and remain submerged for up to 6 months. The vessel carries a crew of 155 men and a deadly nuclear arsenal. This episode explores how this submarine was made possible through a series of six historic engineering breakthroughs. Episode 2 - DAM This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the worldGÇÖs largest hydroelectric dam GÇô the Three Gorges Dam in China, to be built. The Dam harnesses the power of ChinaGÇÖs great Yangtze River. It is over two kilometres long, towers over 60 storeys high and creates a reservoir 600 kilometres in length. On completion the scheme will be able to generate 22,500 megawatts of power GÇô enough to supply electricity to 60 million people. Episode 3 - SPACE STATION This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the worldGÇÖs biggest space station GÇô the International Space Station, to be built. The International Space Station orbits 200 miles above our heads, hurtling around the Earth at seventeen and a half thousand miles an hour. It is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. Its crew performs vital experiments that will one day allow humans to live permanently in space. A test bed for future missions deeper into space, the Space Station could enable future generations to journey throughout the Solar System or even live on Mars. Episode 4 - CRUISE SHIP This episode reveals the technological leaps that have allowed the worldGÇÖs biggest cruise ship GÇô the Independence of the Seas, to be developed. The ship cost 800 million dollars to build, carries her passengers in unrivalled luxury and is manned by a crew of 1,360 who occupy a vast behind-the-scenes world of control rooms, kitchens and engine spaces. Longer than five jumbo jets and weighing more than 80,000 family cars, this episode explores how this gargantuan ship was made possible through a series of six historic engineering breakthroughs. Episode 5 - TUNNEL This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the worldGÇÖs longest Tunnel GÇô the Gotthard Base Tunnel, to be built. The Gotthard Base Tunnel stretches 57 kilometres through the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is deeper than any other tunnel on Earth and paves the way for a vital high-speed rail link between Zurich and Milan. This episode follows 2,000 workers and four gigantic tunnel boring machines, working flat-out to excavate 24 million tonnes of mountain rock to complete the tunnel. Episode 6 - TELESCOPE This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the worldGÇÖs largest telescope GÇô the Large Binocular Telescope, to be built. The telescope sits on a mountain in Arizona, over 3,000 metres above sea level. Like a giant pair of eyes, it stares up into the night sky. Equipped with two giant mirrors, it allows astronomers to see further into space than ever before. Capable of producing images of heavenly bodies with startling clarity, the LBT focuses its two giant mirrors on stars tens of millions of light years away from Earth. Episode 7 - AIRCRAFT This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the worldGÇÖs biggest cargo aircraft GÇô the Antonov 124, to be developed. The Antonov stands as tall as a seven storey building, and has a wingspan so massive, you could park eight double-decker buses end to end on its wings with room to spare. Its cavernous cargo bay can hold 50 family-sized cars. The aircraft has carried everything from battle tanks to other aircraft to every corner of the world. This episode follows the Antonov team as they transport a huge train from Germany to India and also explores how the aircraft was made possible through a series of six historic engineering breakthroughs. Episode 8 - OIL RIG This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the worldGÇÖs largest Oil Platform GÇô the Perdido Spar in the Gulf of Mexico, to be built. The Perdido Spar sits in deeper water than any other oil platform, in an ocean over two kilometres deep. This floating factory is capable of drilling in any direction, and in depths of up to three kilometres below the sea floor. At maximum production it can generate enough oil daily to fill 132,000 cars with petrol. Episode 9 - DOME This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the worldGÇÖs largest spanning dome GÇô the Oita Stadium in Japan, to be built. The OitaGÇÖs colossal roof spans a mighty 274 metres. A steel, Teflon and titanium structure over 270 metres across, and 60 metres high, the Oita Stadium roof covers a sports stadium big enough to seat 43 thousand spectators. At the flick of a switch its seats retract to reveal a running track and its roof opens and closes like a giant eye. Episode 10 - SKYWHEEL This episode reveals the technological leaps forward that have enabled the worldGÇÖs largest observation wheel GÇô the Singapore Flyer GÇô to be built. The Singapore Flyer is the tallest observation wheel on Earth, rising 165 metres into the sky. It can whisk 1,260 passengers around hourly to see a stunning 45 km panorama of three different countries below. The film explores five landmark observation wheels GÇô including the original Ferris Wheel and London Eye - that each feature a major technological innovation that contributed to the construction of the Singapore Flyer. BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST - SERIES 3 EPISODE 1 - CANAL With 200 million tons of cargo passing along its length every year the Panama Canal is already the biggest canal in the AmericaGÇÖs. Now a new 5 billion dollar expansion project is set to double its capacity, giving a new lease of life to this vital transport artery. Its construction relies on a series of great leaps in technology. In this episode we explore the key historic canals that made each engineering breakthrough. Using stunning CGI animation, we reveal the incredible stories behind FranceGÇÖs Briare Canal, the UKGÇÖs Bridgewater and Manchester Ship Canals and the record-breaking Panama Canal. We focus on the innovations that allowed them to grow in size. Four ingenious leaps for
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