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​Infrastructure Intelligence

The designers of record-breaking and jaw-dropping infrastructure from around the world are to be featured on The Engineers, a special programme on the BBC World Service to be broadcast later this month. Recording for the programme took place this week at the Victoria and Albert Museum where a capacity audience turned up to hear William Baker, Michel Virogeux and Ilya Espino de Marotta, the chief engineers behind the world's highest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa; its tallest bridge, the Millau Viaduct and the biggest ongoing engineering project on the planet, the soon to be opened expansion of the Panama Canal...

Baker is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure. His comments on architects and other members of the design team were particularly revealing coming from someone who has also collaborated with numerous architects over many years. While keen to stress the collaborative nature of team working, Baker also stressed the key role of the engineer...

The Engineers will be broadcast on 18 June at 7pm BST and again on 19 June at 12 noon BST on the BBC World Service.​

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