This series uses cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology to put history's building wonders to the test, unlocking the secrets of how the world's most iconic engineering creations were constructed. Leading the quest is Steve Burrows, one of the world's leading structural engineers. Burrows is joined by laser-scanning experts from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. With unprecedented access, they explore, scan and digitally analyze some of mankind's most awe-inspiring architectural achievements uncovering just how good the engineers of the ancient world really were. Locations include the Colosseum, Petra, Machu Picchu, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Pyramids and Jerusalem.
Machu Picchu (#106H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Join a team of laser-scanning experts in the Inca city to answer three main questions. How did the Inca build a city atop a mountain ridge? How were the terraces constructed? How did they supply water to the city?
Egyptian Pyramids (#101H) Duration: 53:31 SRND51 TVPG
The team travels to Egypt to scan the pyramids - the tombs of the mighty pharaohs - to find out how the necropolis evolved from simple mud-brick structures to the most impressive buildings in the ancient world. They use their cutting-edge laser technology to scan Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum's collapsed pyramid, the mysterious Bent Pyramid at Dashur and the famous Great Pyramid at Giza.
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Colosseum (#104H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
The team uses incredible new laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets behind ancient Rome's Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Rome in Italy on a quest to uncover some of the engineering world's oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology, the team want to answer three questions. How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum's mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does the mighty Colosseum perform in state of the art computer testing against the sports stadiam of the 21st century? Armed with incredible scanning technology, the data will provide the clues to help Steve find the answers.
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Jerusalem (#105H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Explore Jerusalem's building legacy, from the walls of Temple Mount to the man-made mountain of Herodium. Experts use 21st-century technology to analyze constructions from the time of Christ and solve centuries-old mysteries behind their creation.
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