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The Brunel Experience
Each programme presents a practical problem with examples rooted in the accomplishments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
in his time, one of the world's greatest engineers.
The Bristol University Library which houses Brunel's notes and many of his original designs, hosted a special course
for teams of 170 secondary school technology students from throughout England.
They were challenged with creating solutions to problems inspired by Brunel's work within specific guidelines for
materials, deadlines and costs.
The first four programmes alternate nicely between historical facts in documentary style and the student projects,
but this last one is purely an extremely interesting documentary (description below) particularly as it was made well
before the completion of the Euro Tunnel. I can highly recommend this programme even if you haven't downloaded
the others in the series.
5: Down and Under
The programme begins with the opening of the Euro Tunnel, which spans the English Channel between England and France
and then moves to historical footage of the first tunnel built under the river Thames.
Today it is used for the underground, but it was originally built for foot passengers and horse-drawn vehicles.
The tunnel was the work of Mark Brunel, the father of I. K. Brunel who was himself was the engineer in charge.
Tunnelling is dangerous because it can collapse while you are digging it, so Mark Brunel pioneered the idea of a
tunnelling shield allowing workman to build the tunnel while protected with a wrought iron shield.
This tunnel 150 years later is the most watertight in the London Underground System.
This program traces the problems solved by present day professional engineers in building the Euro Tunnel system.
Presented by Max Glaskin
Narrator: Bob Salkeld
Producer: Robin Gwyn
Production Company: BBC Education
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1157Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz 128Kbps
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