Speaker: Dr. Ilhan Varol, Hidromek A.S.

Topic: "Construction Machines - Getting Smarter"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Construction machines are employed to build infrastructures, dams, roads and airports, etc. They have been manufactured since the start of the century and have shaped the civilization. Unlike earlier machines, today's machines are quite complex and furnished with many sensors communicating with each other using complex algorithms to perform better with increased efficiency/productivity while providing the operator with greater comfort. In parallel to the aviation industry, construction machines are also adapting new technologies making the machines from "assisted" to "autonomous" mode in operation and functions. The presentation will explore yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's construction machines to exhibit how they have evolved.

Bio: Dr. Ilhan Varol has been with Hidromek for the last 11 years. He has served as Engineering Manager at the Motor Grader Division and Backhoe Loader Division at Hidromek. Earlier, he has worked at Caterpillar, USA in various engineering and management positions after his graduation with a Ph.D in Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1991.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey


Dr. Ilhan Varol