Episode 5 - Mega Digger
RISE OF THE MACHINES uses stunning CGI animation to explode open one of the world’s largest diggers – the Komatsu PC8000 – to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to shovel 27,000 tons of copper ore in less than four days. At Copper Mountain mine, British Columbia, Mega Digger operator Pete Hartinger must risk lethal boulders and collisions with giant haul trucks to meet an impending deadline. Exploring engineering breakthroughs within this metal monster will reveal surprising secrets of how the technology evolved, inspired by extraordinary lessons from nature and history. The mine must produce $18 million of copper every month to fill a shipment bound for Japan – can they deliver on time?