Engineering Connections

Join Richard Hammond on a quest to discover the Engineering Connections behind the world’s most advanced engineering projects. These structures are jewels of high technology, but Hammond discovers hidden deep in their DNA an amazing range of unexpected inventions and ideas – spanning right across history and originating from every corner of the globe – that had to have been invented first in order for them to go on to exist. All these connect up and play a key part in the greatest miracles of the 21st century. Produced by National Geographic.

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Engineering Connections Sydney Opera House

Richard Hammond climbs to the top of Sydney's iconic Opera House to unlock the engineering connections behind one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in the world. He reveals how an architect's sketch, rejected by the design competition jury, was transformed into concrete and glass through trailblazing building techniques inspired by a First World War gas mask, a set of ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Millau Sky Bridge

Richard Hammond reveals the engineering inspirations behind the tallest road bridge in the world: the Millau Viaduct in France. He fires three quarters of a million volts from his finger tips to see how the power of lightning cut the steel structure quickly and accurately. The huge piers – 340 metres high, and which would look down on the Eiffel ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Deep Space Observatory

Richard Hammond journeys to discover the startling Engineering Connections behind the Keck Observatory, which has seen further into the universe than any other telescope on Earth. He reveals that the Keck Observatory owes its incredible design to an ancient Greek ritual, an early 20th century Russian inventor, an American Civil War general, a breakthrough in aerial reconnaissance, and an attempt ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:31
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Airbus A380

Richard Hammond sets out on a quest to find the amazing Engineering Connections behind the Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in history. His journey reveals that this state-of-the-art aircraft owes as much to weapons of war, Mother Nature and household objects as it does to high technology. He discovers that a bicycle pump, a 19th century rocket, an ancient ...
  • 2007
  • 00:47:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/15/2016

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Engineering Connections Guggenheim Bilbao

Richard Hammond visits a building described as the ‘greatest of our time’ – the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain – to find out which Engineering Connections made this iconic building possible. He finds out how a visionary architect transformed a decaying city into a vibrant tourist hub with his futuristic building. But it would not have been possible without a volcano, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections HMS Illustrious

Richard Hammond unpicks the engineering DNA of the mighty aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. A potent force with a powerful punch, this aircraft carrier can deliver a strike force anywhere on the globe at any time. It’s a floating airport, city and battleship all rolled into one. But what connects this indomitable vessel with a boomerang, a hearing aid, a 19th ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Wembley Stadium

Richard Hammond stands atop of the Wembley roof, in front of its record-breaking arch, to discover the Engineering Connections behind the new high tech home of English football. Richard reveals how the architects and engineers, under pressure to maintain Wembley's iconic status as a world-class sporting and music venue, drew inspiration from a rock climbing knot, the first glider to ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Ocean Airport

Richard Hammond reveals the startling Engineering Connections behind Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest and biggest in the world, sited on a specially constructed island. Then the world's largest construction project, it drew inspiration from a 13th century Arab irrigation machine to create new land, and a WWII bomber and car suspension to make the terminal building light, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Taipei Tower

Richard Hammond travels to Taipei and discovers the secrets of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101. This modern marvel of engineering stands at a jaw dropping 1,671 feet. Built right next to a seismic fault line and in a typhoon hotspot, its height is all the more impressive. Richard discovers just what it is in the Taipei 101's ...
  • 2008
  • 00:50:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Super Rig

Richard Hammond journeys to discover the startling Engineering Connections behind the Troll A gas platform – the largest object ever moved by man across the surface of the Earth. During his voyage he reveals that Troll A owes its incredible design to a 19th century French gardener, a 17th century German mayor, a Midwestern American architect, and the dawn of ...
  • 2007
  • 00:49:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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