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Engineering Catastrophes

Engineering Catastrophes

  • Premiered: 
    April 5, 2018
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  • Network: Science
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: engineering, disaster

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Plot Synopsis

ENGINEERING CATASTROPHES is a one-hour documentary series that profiles, investigates, analyzes, and finds solutions for the world's most unbelievable engineering gaffes. From the hilarious to the mind-boggling, from the deadly to the bank-busting, this series showcases some of the most outrageous structural disasters and the genius resolutions to get things back on track. They're all in need of repair, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal if they can be fixed. The series opener, "Stadium Disaster," chronicles these disasters: the Carrier Dome in snowy Syracuse, which has a soft top roof requiring workers to climb atop with hot water hoses to prevent collapse every time snow falls; a an upside-down bridge; and a massive subway project in crisis. Other blunders explored this season include a waterfront building in England that has created a wind tunnel so strong, pedestrians have been blown over; and Brazilian highway that is so close to tall buildings that neighborhood residents are concerned about hearing loss.

The sophomore season of ENGINEERING CATASTROPHES premiered on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Science Channel. In the season opener, "Hell Tower NYC," a New York City skyscraper that could topple at any moment, a city street that suddenly collapses, and a modern-day crisis at Pisa's Leaning Tower are serious engineering emergencies, and experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal if they can be fixed. Other highlights this season include a San Francisco skyscraper that continues to sink, and a street in Baltimore that collapsed into a railroad.
Season 4 of ENGINEERING CATASTROPHES debuted on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on Science Channel. This season, experts investigate the most extraordinary - sometimes deadly - engineering disasters around the globe, spanning five continents and ranging from bridge collapses to sinkholes and dam failures. In Minneapolis, what caused a major freeway bridge to suddenly collapse in the middle of rush hour? Why did a routine demolition in Dallas stun the crowds? How did an explosive derailment narrowly miss taking out a town in North Dakota? And in Kentucky, why did the Earth swallow eight priceless Corvettes? With extraordinary access to eyewitnesses, architectural experts and structural design teams, ENGINEERING CATASTROPHES analyzes how these major errors went undiscovered and how engineers are working to ensure the safety of our future structures.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by BriteSpark Films