Technical Education & Skilled Trades


Construction Works of God: Lourdes, the Oversized Sanctuary 55 min.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady Lourdes is the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world with around 600,000 visitors each year. Covering 52 hectares, it is one of the biggest Christian complexes ever built. It includes the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Virgin Mary appeared, 15 pools, a church, three basilicas and the 1,500 meter long Stations of the Cross. This program examines how each of th...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Incredible Transformation of Paris by Haussmann 56 min.

Napoleon III made it his mission to modernize the French capital city after spending some time in London. He employed Georges-Eugène Haussmann to carry out this massive urban renewal program, which saw new boulevards, parks and public works over a period of 17 years. Overcrowded and unhealthy medival neighboorhoods were demolished to make space for wide avenues, parks, squares, fountains, sewers,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Legendary Megastructures 180 min.

This series moves from the sprawling church complex in Lourdes, to the massive urban renewal and modernization of Paris. Featuring construction projects from monuments to bridges, parks to buildings and more, each program details how each of these structures was built, the technical challenges and difficulties encountered, as well as the innovations in materials and techniques that were made to al...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Paris of Napoleon I 55 min.

We often think of Napoleon I as an incredible legislator and wartime leader, but he was also a prolific patron, who supported the construction of many of Paris' most iconic monuments: the Arc de Triomphe, Vendôme Column, Palais de la Bourse, the church of La Madeleine, as well as many bridges. In this program, we learn how long these projects took, how many architects, sculptors, and workers were...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

A Giant On The River 52 min.

It’s a race against the clock. The world’s most skilled civil engineers are working to complete one of North America’s largest, most complicated bridge construction projects, in record time. With 60 million vehicles projected to be travelling over the new Champlain Bridge each year, an extraordinary team of builders have come together to create and execute a design unlike any bridge of its kind. A...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

R.E. Olds and the First Auto City 29 min.

This documentary tells the story of Ranson Eli Olds, known as R.E. Olds, and the city where automobiles were first mass-produced. A pioneer of the American automotive industry, both Oldsmobile and REO were named after R.E. Although folklore claims it was Henry Ford who created the auto manufacturing industry in Detroit, this documentary shows that R.E. Olds, in fact, did it first in Lansing. Using...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Tools for Solidarity 53 min.

This documentary follows an organization in Ireland called Tools for Solidarity. Their mission is to provide people with disabilities with a trade and a sense of purpose. We visit the workshops in Ireland that employ disabled people to refurbish old sewing machines and tools and we see how this equipment is boxed up and sent to different parts of Africa. We also travel to Malawi to learn how the t...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts 66 min.

This documentary celebrates American craftsmanship and the unsung artisans (stone carvers, stained glass artisans, metalsmiths, plasterers, stone masons, decorative painters, and adobe workers) who create and preserve America's iconic buildings. The film documents the men and women working behind the scenes to bring enduring beauty to the built environment.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

Operation Bridge Rescue 53 min.

Follow the rebuilding of the 19th century Blenheim Covered Bridge. Watch craftsmen raise this engineering icon under grueling time pressure and witness traditional artisans in China restoring ancient covered bridges to ensure their survival.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

Counting Crop – Agriculture in Numbers 90 min.

Agriculture is one of the oldest yet most important forms of industry to ever come into existence. Even today, farmers count as a vital economic factor in a region. They shape the environment and due to global warming, must work under the most difficult climatic conditions to harvest their crops. This three-part film reveals hurdles faced by the agricultural industry and shows how the famers withs...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018