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Life In 360°: Below The Surface

Li360 digs deep - deep below Seattle.

From an ancient wonder on Monday to a modern day engineering feat today.

We’ve visited the city of Seattle a few times on VRFocus for one virtual reality (VR) project or another but those have been somewhat higher than today’s video. In fact we’re going to a place we’ve not yet been on Li360 – we’re journeying underground. It’s time to see a side of Seattle you’ve likely never invisioned and the massive machinery that is in use at projects around the globe that people very seldom think about.

The SR99 tunnel is, right at this moment, being built a couple of hundred feet below the surface of the city. A giant boring machine slowly but surely chewing through earth, rock and anything else in the way. Alaskan Way Viaduct Program Administrator Joe Hedges explains how the boring machine named Bertha operates, shows the outer wall rings being put in place and the 360 degree camera even takes you right inside the cab.

It’s a rarely, if ever seen view of an engineering marvel at work, creating another engineering feat as it operates.

VRFocus will be back on Friday for another example of Life In 360°.

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