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Engineering Projects to Watch in 2023 - 2024: Global Innovations and Milestones

As we enter 2024, the engineering landscape is poised to witness significant milestones and innovations that will reshape the world's infrastructure, transportation systems, and urban landscapes. This article highlights some of the most interesting and ambitious engineering projects currently in development, showcasing the cutting-edge technologies and collaborative efforts that are transforming the industry.

Indonesia's New Capital City

A picture of Yakarta in Indonesia.

One of the most ambitious projects in 2024 is the development of Indonesia's new capital city in Eastern Kalimantan. Spanning 2560 square kilometers, this USD $52 billion (AUD $78 billion) project is set to be inaugurated on Indonesia's Independence Day, August 17, 2024. The project involves a diverse team of engineers, including civil, environmental, geotechnical, urban planners, structural, water resources, transportation, and electrical engineers, who are working together to design critical infrastructure, assess environmental impact, ensure structural safety, plan city layout, manage water resources, develop transportation systems, and meet energy needs.

Sydney Metro Expansion

A picture of the new Sydney Metro station at night

In Australia, the Sydney Metro expansion is set to revolutionize transportation in the city. The new line will traverse beneath Sydney Harbour, connecting to additional Central Business District (CBD) stations, and is expected to have a target capacity of about 40,000 customers per hour. This USD $20 billion (AUD $30 billion) project is hailed as "arguably the most transformative piece of transport since the Harbour Bridge" and is expected to be completed by 2024.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Revamp

Image of the interior of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

In Spain, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, is undergoing a stunning makeover. The USD $1 billion (AUD $1.5 billion) project includes a massive wraparound facade, a retractable roof, and newly added terraces. The stadium's innovative retractable pitch, designed to be segmented and stored underground, ensures pristine playing conditions and accommodates the metro line passing beneath.

NASA's X-59 Experimental Aircraft

A picture of NASAs experiemental supersonic aircraft 2024

In the United States, NASA is set to test its X-59 experimental aircraft, designed to fly faster than the speed of sound without producing a sonic boom. The plane's long, slender shape is designed to spread out supersonic shockwaves, and its single engine is placed on top to direct noise away from the ground. The project aims to provide data on sound levels, which could be used to adjust rules that prohibit commercial supersonic flight over land.

SaxaVord Spaceport

Image of the SaxaVord Spaceport with a rocket Launch

In the United Kingdom, the SaxaVord spaceport in the Shetland Islands has been granted a spaceport licence by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The licence paves the way for rocket launches on UK soil from 2024, with candidates including German launch company HyImpulse, Edinburgh firm Skyrora, and Lockheed Martin.

High-Speed Railway (HS2) and Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Image of the HS" rail project, render.

In the United Kingdom, the high-speed railway (HS2) project is reaching "peak construction" in 2024, with about £5 billion worth of contracts to oversee building of the tracks, power, signalling, overhead lines, and a new network control centre for the railway. Additionally, the government is set to award contracts for small modular reactors (SMRs) this summer, which could reduce the construction time and cost of new nuclear projects.

Quaise Energy's Geothermal Drilling

In the United States, Massachusetts-based Quaise Energy is set to demonstrate its first full-scale hybrid drilling rig in 2024. The company's drilling platform uses millimetre wave drilling systems based on nuclear fusion research to vaporize rock and dig record-breaking boreholes down to 20km below the surface, reaching temperatures of 500°C.

Top 17 Construction Projects in the World

Finally, a comprehensive review of the top 17 construction projects in the world by size in 2024 highlights the extraordinary increase in the scope and complexity of construction projects. These initiatives include massive infrastructure projects, transportation systems, and urban planning developments that are reshaping the planet's surface and driving economic, social, and technological advancement.

In conclusion, 2024 promises to be an exciting year for engineering projects, with innovations in transportation, infrastructure, and urban planning set to transform the world. These projects showcase the cutting-edge technologies and collaborative efforts that are transforming the industry, and their completion will have significant long-term effects on the populations they serve and the environment they interact with.

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