Eight-part series Building Giants showcases how key technological innovations enable giant superstructures to be built. Footage filmed during construction along with CGI reveal the building process with astonishing detail. The premiere episode charts the creation of the new 71,000 seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The 1.4-billion-dollar stadium is being hailed as an architectural wonder because of its eight-petal retractable roof. Other episodes include a look at a massive new cruise ship that can hold more than 7,000 passengers and crew members; a new flood barrier in Venice designed to prevent the precarious ancient city from sinking into the ocean; an ambitious circular subway system that will run directly underneath the historic city center of Copenhagen; and the world's longest suspension bridge ever built in the Arctic Circle.
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Building Giants - Hålogaland Bridge - Netflix
The Hålogaland Bridge (Norwegian: Hålogalandsbrua) is a suspension bridge under construction which will cross the Rombaksfjorden in the municipality of Narvik in Nordland county, Norway. As the second-longest bridge in Norway, it will be part of the European Route E6 highway. It will shorten the driving distance from Narvik to Bjerkvik by 17 kilometers (11 mi) and from Narvik to Bjørnfjell, via European Route E10 by 5 kilometers (3.1 mi). The bridge is estimated to cost 2.2 billion kr. Financing will come from a mix of state grants and tolls. The bridge lies above the Arctic Circle and is the longest suspension bridge within the Arctic Circle at the time of its construction. Another Narvik bridge, the Rombak Bridge, is nearby. Construction of the bridge was featured on Season 1 Episode 4 of the Science Channel show Building Giants, titled Arctic Mega Bridge.
Building Giants - History - Netflix
The bridge was originally planned to be either a suspension bridge or a symphony bridge (a combination of a suspension bridge, a cable-stayed bridge and a cantilever bridge) but the latter was dropped in 2008, as it would cost 520 million kr more. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration estimated the cost of a suspension bridge in 2008 to 1,860 million kr. In addition to the bridge, a tunnel between Trældal and Leirvika was planned, at an estimated cost of 85 million kr. The administration also worked on a method which would shorten the main span from 1,345 to 1,120 meters (4,413 to 3,675 ft), by placing pylons in the fjord.
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