A consortium comprising Daelim Industrial and SK E&C, both from Korea, and the Turkish builders Limak and Yapi Merkezi, won the tender for the construction of the bridge. This was announced by the Turkish government earlier this year, and the foundation stone was laid on 18 March 2017.
As a subcontractor for Daelim, NGI provided interpretations of data from geophysical and geotechnical site investigations. This was decisive for the choice of design concept for the foundation of the bridge.
"The region around Çanakkale is earthquake prone. Therefore it was extremely valuable to be able to draw upon NGI's expertise on earthquakes and vibrations when designing the preferred foundation concept in close cooperation with our Korean partners," says Dr. Lars Andresen, Managing Director of NGI.
At ICSMGE 2017 in Seoul, Korea, 17 – 22 September, NGI's team of geotechnical engineers and soil mechanics experts, will be present to share knowledge and experience from foundation engineering of long span bridges and strait crossings in several parts of the world.
Facts: The Çanakkale 1915 Bridge
- There were four international consortia bidding for the Çanakkale bridge project. The total cost is estimated to 3 billion US Dollars.
- The bridge is scheduled to open for traffic in 2023, when the Turkish republic is set to celebrate its 100 years.
- There are three bridges and two tunnels connecting Europea and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.
- The longest suspension bridge in the world today is the Akashi – Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, with a suspension span of 1,991 meters.
- Çanakkale Bogaz is the Turkish name for the Dardanelles Strait. In antiquity, it was known as the Hellespont.
- The official name Çanakkale 1915 Bridge commemorates the battle of Gallipoli during World War I, in Turkish known as the battle of Çanakkale, in which more than 100,000 Ottoman and Allied soldiers were killed. 8,000 of the men who lost their lives represented the ANZAC forces from Australia and New Zealand.