(8 x 1 hour non-fiction series)
The dangerous work required to avoid disaster, building a complex structure or system requires care and attention to detail, but if that structure should fail, the consequences are immediate and devastating. That’s why ongoing maintenance procedures are just as important as the initial build.
The men and women that carry out this critical and dangerous work often put their lives on the line; working against the clock in harsh environments to ensure that the megastructures and critical infrastructure not only continue to work but avoid catastrophic failure.
Each episode of High Maintenance will examine two uniquely fascinating structures, systems or engineering marvels through the dangerous and extraordinary work required to keep them running as designed. From enormous storm surge barriers preventing mass flooding, to the complex networks of underground tunnels moving hundreds of thousands of people daily. From mountain top tramways ferrying passengers high above majestic mountain tops to the dams and power generating turbines harassing the ferocious power of Mother Nature. Every engineering marvel, be it a structure, building or technological system needs constant monitoring and maintenance to avert disaster. If corners are cut or things get overlooked the consequences would be tragic. It’s tough, important work and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Welcome to the world of High Maintenance.
Original Broadcaster: Smithsonian Channel