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This is a question that popped in my mind right when I first played Bioshock.

I know there is one thing called "suspension of disbelief" that helps working through seemingly impossible concepts or creations. So far, so good.

But this is a rather serious question: Is it possible, from an engineering point of view, to build an underwater city? Wouldn't there be many obstacles to prevent it from happening?

For example, every time you start building something, you start from the bottom. So if you could build it, wouldn't the finished building be flooded with water (that simply got in when it was being built)?

I'm not an engineer nor a scientist so if there's an obvious feasible way that this could happen, please forgive my ignorance
Edited by PanicProne - 2/22/10 at 6:17am
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Yes, it would be flooded. I imagine it would work like this.

1: Build a steel(or other metal) enclosure under the water.
2: Pump the water out and pressurize the enclosure.
3: Build the building inside the enclosure, maintaining the air pressure.
4: Remove the enclosure, letting the water fill back in around the building.

Or this way.

1: Build the structure under the water
2: Leave out anything non-structural
3: Upon completion of the building, pressurize it, forcing the water out.
4: Finish the interior after it dries.

Now, that doesn't mean it would be easy, those step I listed for both ways are extremely simplified lol.

It IS possible, it's just not worthwhile enough to justify the cost of doing it.
 
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post #3 of 34
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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
This is a question that popped in my mind right when I first played Bioshock.

I know there is one thing called "suspension of disbelief" that helps working through seemingly impossible concepts or creations. So far, so good.

But this is a rather serious question: Is it possible, from an engineering point of view, to build an underwater city? Wouldn't there be many obstacles to prevent it from happening?

For example, every time you start building something, you start from the bottom. So if you could build it, wouldn't the finished building be flooded with water (that simply got in when it was being built)?

I'm not an engineer nor a scientist so if there's an obvious feasible way that this could happen, please forgive my ignorance

i do believe it would be possible but only if money was no object.

plus it would take a long time as what woud yu build it from as everything corrodes, especially in salt water. plus there would be the problem of the workers only being able to work for a short period due to oxyjen tank limits unless they were connected to a pipeline to the surface. but then theres the amount of time they will be under pressure.

as for the building, that would be pretty easy i think, as they could build it up without worrying about it filling up, if they build it be compartments once they seal off 1 section they just flush out the water and pressurise it then they can work without suits or tanks aslong as there is a link to the surface for recycleing air they'd be fine, or just run off the same air circulation submarines do.
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We have submersibles that can travel halfway down the Marianas Trench, with passengers. We have others that can land on the sea floor right next to Titanic with five or six people in them.

If we go by what we saw in game, Rapture is between 150 and 400 feet below the surface. My reasoning behind that is A: How brightly lit the water is(Look up in Bioshock 2 when you're outside the city, you can see the surface up there), B: the fact that Big Daddies can walk around outside of the city and C: Massive glass panels able to hold back the pressure.

There aren't many places in real life that are that shallow, but it stands to reason that building a city at that depth is feasible. After all, we did kinda build one in space.
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post #5 of 34
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It IS possible, it's just not worthwhile enough to justify the cost of doing it.
Unless your Andrew Ryan.
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post #6 of 34
Anything is possible with enough time, money, and willpower.
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Make it on the surface and then balast it to the sea floor
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post #8 of 34
Quick fix, gills!

Lol, seriously though, it could be done, it would just take a lot of time and money.
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post #9 of 34
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Make it on the surface and then balast it to the sea floor

thats not a bad idea
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post #10 of 34
You build sections and submerge them then connect.
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