Engineering Solutions

Adam Hart Davis dons his hard hat and steel-capped boots to explore some of the most ambitious civil engineering projects currently under construction in the UK.

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Adam Hart-davis follows the construction of one of the most complex experiments ever attempted.

The new Large Hadron Collider atom smasher at CERN has 6,000 superconducting magnets to steer the proton beams travelling at the speed of light around its 27-kilometre particle race track.

Electronic detectors the size of churches observe new matter created inside the machine, and a hundred thousand computers around the world are standing by to analyse all the data.

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Once the Channel Tunnel rail link is completed in 2007, this high speed link will knock 20 minutes off the journey time between London and France.

It's also the first major new railway in this country since the Victorian era.

Adam meets the tunnelling supremos who are making engineering history underneath the ground and the Thames - one hundred and sixty years after Mark and Isambard Brunel completed the world's first tunnel underneath the water, also under the Thames.

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Adam Hart Davis attempts to conquer his fear of heights to meet the design and construction engineers who are building the 170 metre Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

"This really is an eye catching structure, a one-off.

We may never do anything like it again in our lives and I hope our kids will point to this tower in the future and say 'my dad did that'.".

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Adam Hart-davis explores some of the most ambitious civil engineering projects currently under construction in the UK.

This edition visits Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

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"It's like a great open-air cathedral.

To see it take shape from the engineer's drawings is almost as exciting as seeing your children grow up."

Adam Hart-davis meets the team of bridge engineers who've designed and constructed a new arched bridge in Newport.

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The government has set tough targets for renewable energy.

By 2010, it's hoped that 10% of UK energy will come from renewable sources.

Adam Hart-davis visits the Great Yarmouth coastline to see the very latest technology involved in constructing an off-shore wind farm: Coming to a shoreline near you very soon.

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Adam Hart-davis is in Glendoe, Scotland, looking at the largest hydroelectric scheme to be built in the UK for 40 years.

It will provide electricity for generations.

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Adam Hart-davis dons his hard hat and waders as he wanders through Belfast's sewer network to see how today's engineers are modernising the Victorian sewerage network with robots and ultra violet light.

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Adam Hart-davis goes to Milford Haven in Wales to see the creation of the UK's largest Liquid Natural Gas terminal.

Once construction is completed in summer 2007, it will be ready receive liquid gas in container ships from the world's largest gas field in Qatar and will supply 20% of the UK's gas needs.

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The skyline of London is set to change with a new generation of tall buildings.

Adam Hart-davis attempts to conquer his fear of heights as he ventures upwards in the capital.

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The skyline of London is set to change with a new generation of tall buildings.

Adam Hart-davis attempts to conquer his fear of heights as he ventures upwards in the capital.