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Engineering Catastrophes will look at structural mistakes from around the globe and explore the remarkable solutions used to solve them.

Thursday 10:00 PM on Science Channel
1 Season, 30 Episodes
April 5, 2018
Documentary & Biography, Reality, Science & Technology
6.6/10
Cast: David Hitt
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  • New science reveals the inside story of the Apollo 13 disaster; using the latest evidence, experts explain what really went wrong and how NASA saved the lives of the three astronauts stranded in space in a life-or-death race against the clock.

  • The Deepwater Horizon oil rig drilled into the deepest oil reserves on the planet, but a sudden explosion on-board led to the worst oil spill in history; experts reveal what went wrong and how cutting-edge science finally fixed this catastrophe.

  • Montreal's Olympic Stadium was an ambitious engineering project with a striking Space Age design, but its distinctive roof has caused over one billion dollars in cost overruns; experts reveal what went wrong and how cutting-edge science can fix it.

  • Experts look into what caused the huge sinkhole that appeared in Florida.

  • Boston's Big Dig was one of the most ambitious engineering projects in history, but in 2006, a fatal collapse in one of its tunnels put the ambitious project in doubt; experts reveal what caused this engineering disaster and how it was fixed.

  • When the innovative design of an iconic Chicago skyscraper leads to tragedy, experts must apply cutting-edge tech and the latest engineering methods to fix an urgent, life-or-death problem.

  • When Hurricane Harvey hits Houston, Texas, in 2017, the city is overwhelmed by four feet of rain in four days, causing catastrophic flooding and billions of dollars in damage; experts use cutting-edge tech to discover what went wrong and how it can be fixed.

  • As one of the largest construction cranes in the world lifts a one-million-ton section of roof for Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium, it suddenly collapses. Experts use the latest science to investigate what went wrong.

  • After a giant suspension bridge begins to violently rock, it suddenly collapses, marking one of the most iconic engineering disasters of all time; using the latest science, experts reveal what went so catastrophically wrong at the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

  • When a dam breaks during routine maintenance, engineers fear a catastrophic flood; experts use the latest science to investigate what went wrong and how a simple miscalculation could be to blame.

  • When a brand-new bridge suddenly collapses in Miami, several die in a horrifying calamity; experts use the latest science to investigate what went wrong and how an innovative bridge-building technique could be to blame.

  • When an oil rig in Louisiana drills into something unexpected, a cataclysmic event is unleashed, causing a lake to suddenly disappear; experts use the latest science to investigate what went wrong and how it can be fixed.

  • When demolitions don't go as planned, engineers race for cutting-edge solutions to bring down buildings that refuse to fall, and at the world-renowned Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, experts try to succeed when the world's most powerful explosives fail.

  • When demolitions don't go as planned, engineers race for cutting-edge solutions to bring down the buildings that refuse to fall, and at work sites in Las Vegas and Russia, experts see if they can succeed where the world's most powerful explosives fail.

  • A detonated building mysteriously refuses to fall, an American ghost town with a deadly legacy, and wind turbines on the brink of disaster are engineering disasters in need of repair, and experts reveal what went wrong and if they can be fixed.

  • When catastrophe strikes Skylab, life on earth is threatened by a space station cratering toward earth, and NASA experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong and if disaster can be averted.

  • A skyscraper raining deadly bolts on the streets below, a highway on the brink of collapse, and a catastrophic landslide are engineering crises in need of repair, and experts use the latest science to reveal what went wrong and if disaster can be averted.

  • An abandoned Vegas-style getaway with a deadly secret, a ghost town sinking into the earth, and a passenger train on a course for disaster are engineering catastrophes in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong.

  • A fire in an American town burning since 1962, a massive flood that threatens Chicago's iconic skyscrapers, and a town swallowed by the sea are engineering disasters in need of repair, and experts reveal what went wrong and if they can be fixed.

  • When America's tallest dam threatens to burst, a nearby town finds itself an hour away from total annihilation, and engineers use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong and if disaster can be averted.

  • A skyscraper causing hellish heat in downtown Dallas, a swarm of sinkholes, and a landmark with a fatal secret are engineering catastrophes in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong and if they can be fixed.

  • A railroad bridge on the edge of disaster, a nightmare in a fairy-tale town, and a massive cathedral in calamity are engineering catastrophes in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal if they can be fixed.

  • A skyscraper sinking into the earth, the world's strongest wall in crisis, and a deadly bridge are engineering catastrophes in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong and if they can be fixed.

  • A New York City skyscraper that could topple at any moment, a city street that suddenly collapses, and a modern-day crisis at the Leaning Tower of Pisa are engineering catastrophes in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal if they can be fixed.

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