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Built from Disaster

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They are disasters that rocked the world. Even before the dust settled on the devastation, or the first bodies were removed from the wreckage, these horrific incidents left us with the numb realisation that something had to be done to prevent them ever happening again. What caused these terrible accidents? Was it human error or mechanical failure? Could it have been prevented? What improvements can we make? ‘Built From Disaster' reveals the design technology secrets of the world's most spectacular structures and most advanced machines. Witness the world-shattering disasters that brought them into being- from the Paddington Rail Crash to the collapse of the Twin Towers. From super bridges to state of the art trains, Discovery Channel looks at the technologies that make these structures and machines so spectacular, and traces how many of the techniques used to create them, were developed as a consequence of past tragedies.