Engineering documentaries

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell: a 2018 documentary examining five fires that happened in tower blocks in the UK from the early 1970's to 2009.   The film specifically looks at the causes and investigations made afterwards and asks the question: if anything had been learned from thes[...]

Ghosts of the Abyss

EngineeringHistory Presenter Bill Paxton 2003 Unrated

In Ghosts of the Abyss actor Bill Paxton and director James Cameron travel 12,500 feet below the ocean surface to the final resting place of the "ship of dreams", Titanic.   This documentary features amazing footage of the Titanic nearly 100 years after it sunk as well as detail[...]

Operation Bridge Rescue

EngineeringHistory Presenter Eric Meyers 2018 Unrated

Operation Bridge Rescue: Follow the race to rebuild the Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State, an icon of 19th-century American engineering, destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Watch a team of elite craftsmen faithfully reproduce the massive, intricate wooden structure under gruelling time pressur[...]

On Board Air Force One

This Air Force One documentary takes us on board one of the most iconic aircraft in operation. Air Force One is the official transport vehicle for the president of the United States and is a Boeing VC-25 which has been operational since 1987. Not only does it take the president to important meetings[...]

Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car, a 2011 documentary within which director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.   This documentary is a follow-up to[...]

Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Super Tankers

British TV presenter from the popular series "Top Gear" Richard Hammond presents a documentary about the some of the worlds largest man-made moving objects; supertankers.   Specifically, he looks at an LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas[...]

Building the Great Cathedrals

ArtEngineering Presenter Jay O. Sanders 2010 Unrated

Building the Great Cathedrals: Gothic cathedrals are some of the most magnificent buildings on the planet, featuring stunning architecture and intricate artwork. They are easily some of the best achievements in human history.   This documentary hosted by Jay O. Sanders looks into how[...]

Antonio Gaudí

A unique look at the work of Antonio Gaudí through the eyes of new-wave Japanse documentary filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara.   Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926) was a Catalonian architect, ceramist, and sculptor known for creating a number of Romanesque Churches. This film looks a n[...]

The White Diamond

Engineering Presenter Werner Herzog 2004 Unrated

The White Diamond is a 2004 documentary by Werner Herzog that illustrates the history of aviation. The story centres around Graham Dorrington, an aeronautical engineer who developed a tear-drop shaped airship which he planned to fly over the forests of Guyana.   Most of the footage for th[...]

Nukes in Space

Nukes in Space, a 1999 documentary by Peter Kuran with narration from American actor William Shatner (Star Trek) about the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in both Russia and the United States.   Kuran is known for his visual effect works on many high-profile m[...]

9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out

  Architects and engineers speak out giving their thoughts on the conspiracy theory that the twin towers and WTC 7 were all brought down by controlled explosives.   This feature-length documentary film by architect Richard Gage provides an objective approach to covering the truth[...]

The Impossible Flight

  Developing new aeronautical technologies which will help the aviation industry move away from fossil fuels has led engineers and scientists to build the Solar Impulse 2 and embark on "The Impossible Flight".   In March 2015 this aircraft made the first completely[...]

Building Giants: Arctic Mega Bridge

Engineering Presenter Josh Goodman 2018 Unrated

  Building Giants: Arctic Mega Bridge is a 2018 engineering documentary about the Hålogaland Bridge, longest suspension bridge in the Arctic Circle.   This suspension bridge was built to cross the Rombaksfjorden in the municipality of Narvik in Nordland county, Noway. Constr[...]

Mega Machines: World's Greatest Hovercraft

  The 2018 Mega Machines: World's Greatest Hovercraft documentary narrated by Scottish-New Zealand actor Erik Thompson explores the worlds most advanced gravity-defying machine in commercial use.   This hovercraft can float on a cushion of air at speeds of up to 50-miles-per-h[...]

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