Construction feats awe the world. Why?
They are amazing to look at.
They are the pinnacle of their time.
They represent the power of the human mind, determination and will to overcome great challenges.
Plus, they are tall. You always have to look way up there to see them!
1. Panama Canal
The rest of the world may have forgotten the Panama Canal, but the shipping world hasn’t. As much as 815,000 ships use the Panama Canal every year and it cuts short their traveling time significantly. The French started, but due to massive problems, they abandoned it. It was the Americans who took up the project and completed it in the early 1900s.
- Apart from digging and use of heavy machinery, about 60 million pounds of dynamite was used to build it.
- The canal had to constantly fight against volcanic soil and rocks to be built. They often drilled holes and loaded it with dynamite to break tough rocks.
2. Millau Viaduct
Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. Built by the French, it is a perfect combination of style and engineering.
- The total cost was $500 million.
- As much as 127,000 cubic meters of concrete, 19,000 tons of steel for the reinforced concrete and 5,000 tons of pre-stressed steel for the cables and shrouds were used.
- The biggest challenge Millau Vaiduct faced was the high winds and a very deep valley.
If you ever visit Southern France, you won’t regret driving through it.
3. Large Hadron Collider
The Hadron Collider will continue to be an epic piece of technology not only because of its discoveries, but the construction feat it achieved.
- At $9.5 billion, this is the most expensive scientific construction ever built.
- To construct it, they had to dig 175 meters below the ground.
- The reason the large Hadron Collider is built below is because it stretches out 17 miles long and the real estate above is too expensive to accommodate it.
4. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam forever changed how a dam was constructed. It was built in the 1930s during the worst years of the Depression.
- At 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, it was the largest dam of its time.
- It is an anti-gravity dam.
- A total workforce of 21,000 men was used to construct it.
5. Burj Khalifa
Everyone’s heard of the Burj Khalifa and a lot remember Tom Cruise trying some stunts on it. At 2,722 ft above the ground, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world.
- It has the longest single running elevator across 140 floors and the elevators zip up at 10 meters per second.
- It took more than 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the construction.
- The total cost of constructing it was $1.5 billion.
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