Project Impossible highlights groundbreaking engineering projects that are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. The projects featured on the show were once thought to be impossible to achieve. (Photo via The History Channel)
Back in September, the History Channel premiered their latest original show called Project Impossible. Created by Radiant Features, the series looks at engineering projects that were once considered impossible only a few years ago. Each episode takes a look at a different project that’s changing the world along with the people, tools, and technological breakthroughs necessary for their success. And it’s the channel’s new partnership with AutoDesk that helps make the show possible.
The partnership between the History Channel and AutoDesk started after the two teamed up on an episode of Modern Marvels looking at the Panama Canal. Thanks to their production process and their software tools, the episode was a big hit and allowed Radiant Features to become familiar with what AutoDesk does along with their tools. When Radiant Features came up with the idea for their new show, they turned to the software company to collaborate.
So how does AutoDesk actually help the show? They’ve been a part of the project since early series development. They started by introducing Radiant Features to their customers who were working on groundbreaking projects, like Smart Hydro Power, Wilshire Grand, and Lightning Motorcycles, and offered AutoDesk employees as experts on different subject matters throughout the series. They also provided financial and technical support and software for the series. Post-production is done using AutoDesk Flame, AutoDesk 3ds Max, and AutoDesk Maya.
To capture footage, crews traveled to 17 countries around the world, including the Arctic and the Equator to profile 32 “impossible” projects. Some of the projects highlighted in the series so far include engineers using 220 million pounds of steel to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, the development of New Orleans’ new hurricane defense system, and how South Dakota is using digital technology to save Mt. Rushmore.
“People are using new tools and technologies to solve major design and engineering challenges,” said Fred Saunders, VP, Brand and Impact at Autodesk. “We are happy to work with the History Channel to highlight how these are being applied to tackle projects considered impossible just years ago.”
Project Impossible is a great behind-the-scenes look at how these companies solve problems. It highlights the tools, technological breakthroughs, and innovations engineers are relying on to get the job done. It’s also a great reminder as to what was deemed to be impossible only a few years and how far we’ve come. We can’t wait to see what marvels the show will show us next.
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