By Jennie Reedy
It is truly amazing what man can construct when we put our minds to it and commit enough resources to get the job done. The ancient world was known for constructing some amazing wonders like the pyramids, but nothing they built can compare to the staggering projects that human beings have built in recent years. Take a look at this list of the top five jaw-dropping engineering marvels of the modern world.
Venice Tide Barrier Project
This is the biggest flood prevention project ever undertaken. There is no doubt that ocean levels are steadily rising, and global climate change will continue to make them rise ever faster. This is bad news when it is combined with the fact that the land Venice is built on is also slowly sinking. The Venice Tide Barrier Project is designed to keep the city from disappearing under the onslaught. The project will see the construction of 80 hinged barriers that are all 6,500 square feet in area. That is more than a square mile each.
This amazing elevator is found in Zhangjiajie, China. The elevator lifts passengers over 1,000 feet in the air, making it the world’s tallest outdoor elevator. The elevator is built almost completely from glass, offering passengers a thrilling view. Those who suffer from a fear of heights may actually find the view more terrifying than thrilling.
This is the tallest bridge ever constructed. The bridge rises to an elevation of almost 1,000 feet, which makes it even taller than another famous French engineering marvel, the Eiffel Tower. It offers amazing views of the valley below it on clear days for people travelling its 8,000 feet length. However, the bridge is so high that it can sometimes be above the clouds.
This underwater tunneling project in Boston, Massachusetts is the most expensive and controversial engineering project in American history. At a price tag of $15 billion and with a trail of deaths, criminal charges and scandals at its feet, the engineering feat of completing the Big Dig may not be worth its price.
This project seems impossible when one first hears of it. It sounds insane that anyone would attempt to convert a half million acres of Egyptian desert into land capable of supporting crops. However, it seems like they will pull it off. The pumping station that is the heart of the project will redirect 10% of the water in the Nile River into an area that will increase the amount of arable land in Egypt by 25%.
Jennie is a blogger and former general contractor residing in the Pacific Northwest. She recommends MBA Construction, general contractors in Idaho and general contractor in Williston ND for all your contracting, design-build and construction management projects.