Structural engineering is one of the most important aspects of our modern world. Without structural engineers, many of our buildings wouldn’t be what they are today. They wouldn’t be as tall, as strong or as aesthetically beautiful as they are and our landscape wouldn’t be anywhere near as interesting as it is. In fact, without structural engineering, our world wouldn’t be as modern and technologically advanced as it currently is, nor would be it as comfortable to live and work in.
With that being said, let’s take a look at what happens when structural engineers go beyond building homes, office building and retail centres and create true masterpieces of modern engineering. Here are our top 5 structural engineering masterpieces from around the world:
Top 5 Structural Engineering Masterpieces Worldwide
Millau Viaduct- located in Millau, France, the Millau Viaduct is the tallest cable-stayed road bridge in the world. It spans the valley of the River Tarn in southern France and the bridge’s highest tower peaks at 1,125 feet which makes it taller than the Eiffel Tower!
The Venice Tide Barrier Project- the world’s largest flood prevention project, the Venice Tide Barrier Project, is located in Venice, Italy and it protects the city of Venice from sea water entering the Venetian Lagoon. With 78 rotating gates, each 6,500 square feet, and large metal boxes filled with water at the bottom of the sea, the Venice Tide Barrier Project is an engineering marvel that can save lives.
National Stadium a.k.a. “Bird’s Nest”- located in Beijing, China, the Bird’s Nest is an intricately shaped lattice-like steel structure designed to house the 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympics as well as many other national sporting events. The stadium seats more than 80,000 people and incorporates Chinese symbols and mythology in its design.
Palm Islands- known as the world’s largest artificial island, Dubai’s Palm Islands are certainly one of the world’s most massive and innovative engineering marvels of our time. Located just off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, the Palm Island project was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed and adds 320 miles of beaches to the shrinking Dubai shoreline.
Channel Tunnel- the world’s longest stretch of underwater tunnel is located between two cities, Folkstone, England and Coquelles, France, and routes travellers beneath the English Channel by train. Trains reach 160 KPH and can take passengers between the two cities in just 20 minutes.
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