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Articles - world's largest structures

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Image: Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Seismic engineers say California's Golden Gate Bridge is vulnerable to a massive earthquake. In a $400-million retrofit, state-of-the-art isolation bearings and absorption devices are being installed, every rivet is being checked, half the steel replaced and the concrete towers re-clad. But it's a race against time.


Image: Hi-tech Prison

Hi-tech Prison

Security measures in the North Branch Correctional Institution are more than technological marvels—they will protect prison guards and revolutionize rehabilitation programs for inmates. See the secret control rooms, remote-controlled cameras, impenetrable steel doors, the latest engineering feats that offer new safety from—and hope for—the most dangerous criminals.


Image: Super Port

Super Port

Rotterdam, one of the world's busiest ports, manages a huge number of ships through highly specialized mega-movers and expert coordination. But Harbor Control's skills and machines are put to the test when Rotterdam receives three of the largest, most challenging ships in the world on the same day.


Image: World's Tallest Bridge

World's Tallest Bridge

The Millau Viaduct in France is the tallest bridge in the world—nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. With the roadway sitting above the clouds, the bridge is also one of the most beautiful. But to build it the construction team had to overcome the laws of physics and the forces of nature.


Image: World's Busiest Port

World's Busiest Port

A third of the world's trade and half the world's oil supply passes through the Port of Singapore, the busiest port on Earth. But the waters around the port have become nests for tech-savvy pirates. How does this mega-structure protect its shipping lanes—and our worldly goods?


Image: Impossible Islands

Impossible Islands

In the Arabian Gulf, the world's largest artificial islands are being constructed in the shape of massive palm trees. This ambitious engineering feat is part of a plan to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations. Find out what it takes to create these fantasy islands.


Image: Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

For 28 years, the Berlin Wall was a deadly blockade to freedom in the west. Find out how courageous East Germans beat the "death strip" and how authorities responded to each escape by making the Wall stronger and harder to beat. Then relive the day the Wall came down.


Image: Berlin's Grand Central

Berlin's Grand Central

Berlin's Grand Central will, literally and figuratively, reconnect East and West Germany, ushering in a new era of unification. Step into this mega-work-in-progress as engineers race to complete Europe's largest train station before millions arrive for the World Cup football tournament. Can they pull off the last feat in time?

 

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