Massive Engineering Mistakes


Genre: Science & Engineering, Autumn/Winter 21, All


Duration: 42x60'


Year of Production: 2018 - 2021


Production Company: BriteSpark Films


Commissioned By: Science Channel


Definition: HD


Extraordinary examples of construction calamities

Humans have been building for more than 10,000 years – we’re engineering experts, and yet every year, tales emerge of construction calamities from all over the world. Massive Engineering Mistakes examines everything from the extraordinary to the ridiculous, to uncover the epic fails and near misses that engineers would rather not talk about. With access to design teams, eyewitnesses, and a panel of experts, we analyse what went wrong with each building blunder, investigate why they went undiscovered and reveal just how engineers are trying to fix them today.

In series four, amongst other stories from around the globe, we investigate what brought one of America’s busiest intersections to its knees and reveal why the acoustics in Sydney Opera House have always been so problematic. We also travel to Italy, first to Genoa to explore the collapse of the Polcervera Bridge and then to Naples, to examine if local geology was to blame for a massive sinkhole in a hospital car park.

Series 1: 10x60 | HD | 2018

Series 2: 12x60 | HD | 2019

Series 3: 10x60 | HD | 2020

Series 4: 10x60 | HD | 2021