Constant high water has been eroding the city of Venice for decades. The plan to build a surge barrier against the tides that cause the so-called "Acqua Alta" has been underway for nearly forty years, but only now is the massive 7-billion-euro surge barrier nearing completion.
This series tells the story of how huge objects move. If Archimedes said "Give me a lever and I will move the world", today the answer is usually wheels and hydraulics. Lifting and moving massive machinery or structures is the speciality of a handful of companies and the equipment they use is often tailor made for the job, be they cranes, trailers, flatbeds, barges, and even ship carriers.
We draw on the joint experience, to present a whole new ongoing series of documentaries on the men and machines that move huge things. Heavy Lift tells the story of the engineers and mechanics behind some of the largest lifting and moving equipment in the world, without which some of the most impressive works of human construction simply would not work.
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