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May 15, 2017   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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It takes Brawn and Brains to Get the World’s Biggest Airport Completed in 42 Months

It will take the brawn of advanced diesel engines and the brain of innovative technologies and computing power to get the massive job done.


The biggest airport in the world will be completed in just 42 months. It will take the brawn of advanced diesel engines and the brain of innovative technologies and computing power to get the massive job done.

The Istanbul New Airport is one of the world’s largest megaprojects and, when complete, is scheduled to be the biggest airports in the world. Completing this project will take just 42 months and when finished, 70 billion cubic meters of material will have been moved over a 30 square mile worksite. To get the job done, it takes a lot of equipment – 400 pieces of equipment to be exact – all working around the clock and all coordinated seamlessly using the latest advanced technologies including telematics and autonomy. It is a diesel engine under the hood, yet a connected network and worksite to make the most of this equipment to ensure that graders get the job done in one pass, trenchers move material with precision and other equipment is used with utmost efficiency. Coordinating the movement 400 pieces of equipment around the clock is very much like choreographing a ballet. To make sure that this massive inventory of machinery is operating where it is intended, safely, and in conjunction with other equipment takes a lot of computing power to make the connected job site deliver the project on time.

Learn more about how America’s equipment giant Caterpillar is getting one of the world’s megaprojects done with advanced technology.



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