26 Jan The Biggest Engineering Projects Around the World
Engineering has been dismantled and re-shaped from time to time to make improve the functioning of the world with better technologies and solutions in every field. Engineers love to play with their knowledge to make new innovations which sets the trends around the world. The technologies are used for tackling climate changes, political coalitions, financial constraints, and many more things. Many big projects have been successfully completed to inspire future engineers to take the knowledge that we have a step ahead. Here are the biggest engineering projects around the world that you should know about.
Large Hadron Collider
Large Hadron Collider or the LHC is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator which lies beneath the border of Switzerland and France. It is the most complex engineering projects ever to be completed. It took 10 years to complete this project and is said to unravel the mysteries of the universe once it is at its full potential.
Gotthard Base Tunnel
This tunnel is the longest and deepest underground tunnel ever constructed. It is made to reduce the distance between Zurich, Switzerland and Milan, where previously had routes through the Alps. It consists of two single-track tubes which are connected every 325 meters by cross passages. The project took 14 years to connect both the ends of the tunnel at the right places.
Andasol Solar Plant
The Andasol Solar Plant in Spain is currently the largest solar power station which consists of more than 600,000 mirrors spread across 126 acres. The plant contains molten salt tanks to store the solar energy which is capable of providing even at night. It is providing energy to over 450,000 residents in Spain. The plant also has thermal storage, heat exchangers, steam turbines, generators, and condensers.
Crossrail is considered the largest civil engineering project which is a high-frequency, high-capacity railway layout which connects Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London, and Canary Wharf. The first part of the project took over 30 years to complete, which provided a 10% increase in the rail capacity of London. It also improved the commute across London by decreasing the time to less than 45 minutes on a full stretch.
The Big Dig
It is also known as the central artery of Boston city. This project is among the most complex civil engineering projects to be ever undertaken. It has helped the city to reduce the traffic to minimal with a route to each part of the city. The initial plan was to build a superhighway beneath an active old highway and to add a tunnel beneath Boston Harbor with advanced engineering solutions. Soon the project became famous for criminal arrests escalating costs, leaks, and use of substandard materials for poor execution. It is still the favourite road construction project for civil engineers.