Istanbul Airport sees largest compaction project in history with 130 Bomag Rollers
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Istanbul Airport sees largest compaction project in history with 130 Bomag Rollers

130 Bomag Rollers synchronised in the largest compaction project in history

Bomag is the largest manufacturer or Rollers in the world and their expertise was bought into action in 2014 for the construction of Istanbul New Airport, close to the Black Sea coast, which was the world’s largest airport construction site.

Extending over some 8,000 hectares the terminal building alone spans an area five times the size of the Empire State Building.

BOMAG was involved from the ground up in the implementation of the project carrying out the largest compaction project in its history, with 136 of Bomag’s single drum rollers being used.

Of the 136 machines, 61 of them were equipped with the Bomag Terrameter (BTM) technology and 45 with the Bomag Compaction Management 05 (BCM 05) technology with GPS guidance.

Bomag Telematic

Managing a fleet of 136 rollers with safety, efficiency and transparency was made simple using Bomag’s Telematic system, which allows easy control of individual machines or the whole fleet and view their positions on a map.

Managers could call up the status of any vehicles from a computer or tablet.

Effective monitoring

Reporting and monitors was critical to gauge fleet fuel consumption. Track location to know where the machines were and how they were being used.

Real time reports

Monitoring the operating hours of the machines was vital to keep maintenance and servicing effective to keep the fleet up and running. Productivity could be monitored to check how much time a selected vehicle had spent on a specific working status such as idling, working or high-workload status and to check how much time each roller was “on”, “off” or “not available” within a specific time frame. An alert screen showed the status of “All”, “Read”, or “Unread” alarms received within a specified date and time period.

Anti-theft Alarm

Built-in alarm functions are activated when motion is detected or the machine leaves a geographically defined zone for each individual machine, which is a great bonus for keeping a massive equipment investment safe from theft and more importantly from loss of production time.

The Istanbul New Airport Project

The biggest airport in the world

When the €7 billion, 17-year construction project finishes in 2030 the airport will be the biggest airport in the world catering to 150 million passengers.

The First Stage of the project is estimated to be complete in 2017 and will include the main terminal with a capacity of 90 million passengers and covering an area of 680,000 m2 as well as a second terminal building covering 170,000 m2. These will be connected by 88 aircraft passenger bridges and there will be indoor parking for 12,000 vehicles. The airport will have 3 independent runways, 8 parallel taxiways and Approximately 4 million m2 of apron space. There will be 3 technical blocks and an air traffic control tower.

Stage 2 will include another runway and taxiway

Stage 3 will include another terminal to cope with 30 million passengers on a 500,000 m2 site as well as a 5th runway and apron

Stage 4 will include a sixth runway and a fourth terminal, again to cope with 30 million passengers on a 340,000 m2 site.

Upon completion the airport will also include hotels, convention centres and a State Palace.

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