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View Poll Results: Which feat of EXTREME ENGINEERING do you want built?
Tokyo's Sky City 59 15.53%
Bridge over the Bering Strait 28 7.37%
Transatlantic Tunnel 137 36.05%
City in a Pyramid 28 7.37%
Millennium Tower 32 8.42%
Gibraltar Bridge 73 19.21%
Freedom Ship 23 6.05%
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Old May 10th, 2005, 05:02 AM   #101
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Even though the transatlantic tunnel is a far fetched dream. I think that there should be serious thought to another form of transportation to counter the plane. Maybe extremely fast ship or train (transatlantic tunnel)
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Old May 11th, 2005, 06:49 AM   #102
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how about a very long wall across the northern portion of china?

That will look so cool, here are some renders, construction will start soon
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Old May 11th, 2005, 08:52 PM   #103
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I cant believe so many people want the transatlantic tunnel. It seems a silly idea to me.

I favour the space bridge.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 05:32 AM   #104
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That will look so cool, here are some renders, construction will start soon
Wow!

It looks awesome!

Can't wait until it's finished!
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Old May 12th, 2005, 06:12 AM   #105
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yeh in several thousand years from now , people will call it one of the wonders of world ill bet
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Old May 12th, 2005, 06:46 AM   #106
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I would love a bridge/tube that connects us to other planets or to the moon. The moon would then have its own share of projects like a city in the moon perhaps? Or earth colonies in space, like the ones in Gundam Seed. Space colonies that are self-sufficient.

I also like the idea of building cities that float in the air, like a gigantic floating NYC in the stratosphere. Quite impossible eh? With the current speed of our technology, it would be possible to build these things in the year 3000 AD, maybe.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 10:20 AM   #107
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Old May 12th, 2005, 10:30 AM   #108
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Transatlantic Tunnel for me
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Old May 12th, 2005, 12:18 PM   #109
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Old May 19th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #110
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The only one that has any pretense of making economic sense is the Gibraltar bridge... though really, the main beneficiaries would be on the African side and would likely pay the least towards its construction.

The transatlantic tunnel is cool, but I read somewhere that its estimated construction cost is *so* high, it wouldn't be paid for in a hundred years... even if the entire working populations of New York and London mutually traded places daily and commuted to the opposite city at $100 per trip, AND everyone who currently flies between the US and UK on any given day of the week were to take the tunnel and pay twice as much as they currently pay for airfare. Ouch. Realistically, I think we'll be taking trips up the space elevator before anyone spends a single dollar, pound, or euro on a transatlantic tunnel's construction.

Another idea that sounds cool at first is building a maglev subway along the east coast, from Boston to Miami (passing through cities like New York, Philly, DC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Orlando along the way), and a second from Atlanta to Los Angeles (with New Orleans, Dallas, Phoenix, and others along the way)... with additional lower-speed stubs connecting cities that aren't quite along the path (Houston, San Diego, etc). It just *might* be economically feasible, and displace most plane travel between those cities by being cheaper, faster, and/or more convenient. The catch is, if anything happened to disrupt the service (like terrorism, or even good old fashioned stupidity and human error), rapid commercial travel between those cities would just cease to exist for a potentially long time. The nice thing about air travel is the limited impact of any single disaster. If a jet falls out of the sky, air traffic mostly continues as normal all around it. It's a lot more robust as a transportation mode.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 03:46 AM   #111
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That was an incredible episode on the Discovery Channel!
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 01:55 AM   #112
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this would be badass: http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=103142
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 02:57 AM   #113
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if the network was large enough and single problem would not cause total shut down
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 03:26 AM   #114
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I think that they'll advance with passenger jet technology so far, that they would never deal with the transatlantic tunnel.. Its a shame that they took the Concorde out of service. yea it was too expensive, but they need to make a more modern version of that jet (isnt that jets design 30+ years old?), and in greater #'s so its not soo exclusive and pricey.. of course the way things are going, that isnt going to happen anytime soon, but I think that in the future, hypesonic flight is what will take the lead..

Transatlantic tunnel just seems soo impossible.. how would they deal with the #1 problem, rough waters?? I know that this would run well under the ocean surface, but still it would seem like there is even more that could go wrong inside a vacuum tunnel under the ocean that goes all the way to London than on a jet.. they have been at pretty much the same level of tech on passenger jets since the late 50's now. I would like to see a huge technological breakthrough on that first.

Mag lev tech is very promising too... They need to start building trains that utilize this in the US, and things will change, a LOT!
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 10:51 AM   #115
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I would love a bridge/tube that connects us to other planets or to the moon. The moon would then have its own share of projects like a city in the moon perhaps? Or earth colonies in space, like the ones in Gundam Seed. Space colonies that are self-sufficient.

I also like the idea of building cities that float in the air, like a gigantic floating NYC in the stratosphere. Quite impossible eh? With the current speed of our technology, it would be possible to build these things in the year 3000 AD, maybe.
I'm sorry, but that will never happen, but if that ever did happen, that will be the end of the Earth. Why? because even if we do have any ways of locking up the moon (or oter planets) to Earth, we will then loose the momentum between us (Earth) and the moon, then it would cause gravity to directly act on the tunnel or tube and would bring it down onto the Earth. By then, that object be it other planets or the moon will then break that tube and crash right onto the earth and kill us. But anyways, good try DUDE!!!!!
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 11:24 AM   #116
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 12:38 PM   #117
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 06:56 PM   #118
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@rocky: I would equip the space elevator with a radar, laser guns and guns in order to detect and destroy small meteorites endangering it.

But in fact, I would also like to construct a space elevator with a height of "only" 50 kilometres. Such a construction would have no problems with meteors, but would be still very usefull for launching rockets, because it would allow completely reusable spacecrafts!

I would also construct extrem high transmissions towers. For example I would built for the French longwave transmitter Allouis a guyed mast with a height of 930 metres as half-wave radiator!

I also love maglev trains. I would built a network of high speed maglev trains in evacuated tunnels in order to allow worldwide traveling without any weather problems. In addition I would design some sections in such a way, that they could be used as "overland coasters" at nighttime!
Such operation mode allows also high-speed transportation of mail and special goods.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 07:48 PM   #119
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Gibraltar Bridge of course!
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Old May 27th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #120
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