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The Panama Canal is an artificial 77 km (48 mi) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a conduit for maritime trade. Canal locks are at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal 26 m (85 ft) above sea level and then lower the ships at the other end. The original locks are 34 m (110 ft) wide. A third wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016. The expanded canal began commercial operation on June 26 2016. The new locks allow transit of larger post-Panamax ships capable of handling more cargo.

Daily ships the size of a city block transport goods through the Panama Canal to make the 50-mile shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Officials have asked a team of European and American engineers to compete for a winning lock design.

Engineering projects around the globe keep getting bigger and more ambitious. there are structures being designed and built that will dwarf anything that has come before. Plans are on the drawing board for projects so huge – not only in scale but in their implications for society – they’re almost beyond imagination. This documentary that eyes the largest construction projects ever imagined – 'Extreme Engineering'.

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