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The 10 greatest engineering feats of last 15 years

by Stuart Matthews on Mar 6, 2014

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Competitors take part in the 'Viaduc' race, on the Millau viaduct, the world's tallest bridge (ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images).
Competitors take part in the 'Viaduc' race, on the Millau viaduct, the world's tallest bridge (ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images).
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Here at CW we like cool engineering. To help celebrate the achievements of the wider construction world, we’ve assembled a list of the projects we think constitute the greatest engineering achievements of the last 15 years.

You might not agree with all the entries, or their ranking, but the ingenuity behind each of these projects is undeniable. Each one also represents a massive leap of faith in the power of engineering to overcome the challenges of the natural world and to extend the boundaries of achievement.

Notably three of the entries are from China, which has led the world in unbridled engineering ambition over the last ten years. Each one of the Chinese projects seems determined to defy the limitations of its natural surroundings, as indeed do many of the others.

1. Millau viaduct
2. Burj Khalifa
3. Three gorges dam
4. Langeled pipeline
5. Qingzang Tibet railway
6. Taipei 101
7. Hangzhou bay bridge
8. Big Dig aka the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T)
9. Ras Laffan gas trains
10. Large hadron collider



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make a horror movie themed museum!!!!!!!!

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mancy (Oct 10, 2013)
new york
USA

Make
make a horror movie themed museum!!!!!!!!

Moatez Ali, P.E., M.ASCE (Jun 21, 2011)
New York
USA

Longest Bridge
It is a great job... we built the longest bridge in the world.

abdul hafeez sheikh (Apr 19, 2011)
islamabad
Pakistan

Three gorges Dam
The project looks good if chinses have taken inot consideration the earth quake factor in design otherwise it may bring greater catastrophe to Chinese who are hit by frequent earthquakes and floods

abdul hafeez sheikh (Apr 19, 2011)
islamabad
Pakistan

Three gorges Dam
The project looks good if chinses have taken inot consideration the earth quake factor in design otherwise it may bring greater catastrophe to Chinese who are hit by frequent earthquakes and floods

coboy (Mar 8, 2011)
toronto
Canada

cows
i love cows even though they stink

Renukaradhya.R (Dec 28, 2010)
Bangalore
India

Engineering.
Marvellous structures

jamie (Oct 7, 2010)
newbedford ma

bridges
the bridge is mad cool u should make even more 8)

Mubashshir Ahmed (Jun 18, 2010)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

The 10 greatest engineering feats of the decade
We have Dubai International Aiport Expansion Phase II also which is sucessfully moving towards its goals with a scheduled pace.


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