Engineering Wonders of The Modern World With today’s advanced technology, almost everything has evolved and improved into something better. There are newly developed technologies every single day. In the medical field, they have recently discovered a vaccine for diabetes, which was thought to be impossible before. In the cinematic universe, movies are getting better and better each year. And so on.
In the engineering world, these technologies have surely come in handy. In this list, we will show you the top 10 engineering wonders of the modern world.
10. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait as part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway. Source.
9. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Engineering Wonders of The Modern World
USS George H.W. Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for the 41st President of the United States and former Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II. Bush‘s callsign is Avenger, after the TBM Avenger aircraft flown by then-Lieutenant George Bush in World War II. Source.
8. North European Gas Pipeline
Nord Stream’s business model is to provide gas transportation capacity for the natural gas coming from western Russia for distribution into the European gas grid. The gas transportation system is comprised of its twin, 1,224-kilometre pipelines through the Baltic Sea. Each has the capacity to transport 27.5 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year.
As operator, Nord Stream AG offers gas transportation capacities via its pipelines. This entails the day-to-day technical operation and commercial handling of gas transport (dispatching), the maintenance of all technical systems involved, continued liaison with permitting authorities in the countries through whose waters Nord Stream runs, as well as adhering to environmental management obligations and relevant technical standards (codes) of the respective permitting countries. Source.
7. Millau Viaduct
The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Source.
6. Beijing National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, The stadium was a joint venture among architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was led by chief architect Li Xinggang. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics andParalympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently mostly unused, after having been unsuccessfully suggested as the permanent headquarters of the Beijing soccer team. Source.
5. Palm Islands Engineering Wonders of The Modern World
Palm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As of November 2014, only Palm Jumeirah has been completed. Source.
The Bailong Elevator, also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, carries tourists 1,070ft (330m) up the side of a massive sandstone column in a mountain range in China’s Hunan Province. Riding the glass lift, which carries up to 50 people at a time or 1,380 an hour, offers jaw-dropping, not to say vertiginous, views down to the bottom of the rocky mountain range in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangijiajie.
Work began on the lift, which cost 120m yuan, or around £12m, in 1999 and finished in 2002. The project met with fierce criticism from environmentalists who were angry that it was sited in the middle of a World Heritage Site.
Lift shafts and tunnels had to be dug into the quartz sandstone column chosen from thousands in the area, and earthquake detectors installed so that the lifts (there are three of them) could be evacuated quickly in case of disaster.
Those in favour of the project said that the elevators, which are said to boast the biggest passenger capacity in the world, saved the mountain trails from excess traffic. But protestors said the area, which attracts 5m visitors each year, was already saturated with tourists and did not need another attraction to boost that number further.
After it was built, the lift was said to be the world’s tallest full-exposure outdoor lift, tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator, and the fastest passenger elevator with the biggest capacity, according to Industrytap.com. Source.
3. Eurotunnel Engineering Wonders of The Modern World
Eurotunnel runs a fleet of 15 Freight Shuttles. 745m long, each one can carry up to 32 trucks and travel at a speed of 140km/h. A complete Freight Shuttle comprises of two locomotives, a Club Car with approximately 50 seats for lorry drivers, 3 loading / unloading wagons and 32 carrier wagons. Source.
2. Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, located in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China. The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity. Source.
The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) consists of astronomical cameras, telescopes and a computing facility that is surveying the sky for moving objects on a continual basis, including accurate astrometry and photometry of already detected objects. By detecting differences from previous observations of the same areas of the sky, it is expected to discover a very large number of new asteroids, comets, variable stars and other celestial objects. Its primary mission is to detect near-Earth objects that threaten impact events and is expected to create a database of all objects visible from Hawaii (three-quarters of the entire sky) down to apparent magnitude 24. Source.