From famous landmarks to the bridges, we hardly consider the clever minds behind their construction. In MASSIVE ENGINEERING MISTAKES not only do we see the thorough planning but also the unforgettable mistakes along the way.
The world is made up of engineers’ creations such as our heating, how we travel abroad, to the bridges we walk on. It is then scary to even consider the consequence of human error or an external trigger that could make an engineering masterpiece collapse into smithereens.
So for me to read the title, Massive Engineering Mistakes alone, was almost a warning sign to veer away, to avoid an existential crisis for a week until the next episode envelopes me with more dread for each step I walk.
Luckily, against my better judgement, I watched the first episode that was shown on the Discovery Channel, and all those dreaded thoughts I loomed over, dissipated and turned into a vast knowledge of a world I had immediately assumed to be boring had suddenly become thrilling.
This first episode focused on various engineering catastrophes around the world. A disastrous bridge in Baltimore built suddenly collapsing one day with cars still parked on it, the famous 800 year old Leaning Tower of Pisa that since its creation has been sinking into a bog it lays on, a skyscraper in Manhattan teetering over a church that any strong enough wind could blow the whole thing down and the Millennium bridge in London that swayed to and fro.
As we travel across the world with the many disasters that hit us over the years, we are addressed by a team of experts explaining their opinions and facts partnered with dramatic music. We hear from all kinds of engineers; civil, mechanical, bioengineers, aerospace but also get to meet neuroscientists, construction lawyers and even the odd tour guide that gives us the rundown on the history and culture.
This is a series that would fascinate the curious engineer, especially those that want to get into civil engineering, but also architects, those that love a bit of historical culture and someone like me who enjoys a little bit of odd knowledge.
The show does it for just about everyone on any level, I was grateful that any jargon used was explained along the way but also everything else was explained further such as how the issues occurred through the use of animation, how solutions are made through models and what happens during through weird but oddly understandable metaphors as one expert explained what the cause was by strumming a guitar and another even balanced a broom to explain in another way. It works, I got the drift immediately.
It is a series I may not go searching out for, but if I see it on in passing, I would watch it immediately.
This may cater more to the budding engineer and seems to be educational and illuminating enough for such a crowd, especially for those planning to study such a field in university.
- You can catch up on Prime Video.