Big, Bigger, Biggest (Season 1)

Big, Bigger, Biggest (Season 1) is a four-part documentary series exploring the engineering breakthroughs behind the world's biggest structures - Burj Dubai, USS Nimitz, Japan's Akashi Bridge, and London Heathrow Airport. Each episode explores the engineering breakthroughs that have made it possible to develop the structures of today. Throughout the course of the episode, viewers are introduced to generally six landmark inventions that have enabled the engineers of today to construct the world's biggest structures. Footage of the construction of the world's biggest structure of its kind is accompanied by computer generated imagery which often has an element of black humour. This imagery shows the size of the object in metres, the various designs that may have been considered as well as what could happen if the engineers made a mistake, complete with animated figures running in panic.

Episode 1 - Skyscraper

Episode 1 - Skyscraper
This episode looks at the history of skyscraper breakthroughs, culminating in the construction of the 828-metre (2,717 ft) tall Burj Dubai.

Episode 2 - Aircraft Carrier
One of the largest warships in the world, USS Nimitz (CVN-68), would not have been possible if it weren't for seven landmark inventions.

Episode 3 - Bridge
This episode reveals how several suspension bridge breakthroughs made it possible to construct the 2-mile (3.2 km) long Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

Episode 4 - Airport
The London Heathrow Airport is the busiest international airport in the world. This episode follows the construction of Terminal 5, an additional terminal to cater for an additional 30 million passengers.

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