Mercedes Ascaso Til

Principal Engineer

DLT Engineering

Mercedes Ascaso Til, principal engineer at DLT Engineering, formerly Dorman Long Technology, has over 20 years’ experience in the construction engineering of bridges and complex structures. She has developed schemes and temporary works for erection of many bridge types worldwide.

Mercedes was the Technical Excellence Winner of the NCE 2019 Recognising Women in Engineering Awards and has specialist publications in the ICE Proceedings Bridge Engineering.

Mercedes is chief engineer for the design of the deck erection gantries in the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey, which will be the longest in the world when completed in 2022 (2023m main span).

Speaker Sessions

Stream A - Wednesday 9 March 2022

The 1915 Çanakkale Suspension Bridge: deck erection over the Dardanelles Strait

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge spans the Dardanelles strait at the western end of the Sea of Marmara. More than 3km of deck were erected in two months during the summer of 2021. Eight 450t SWL lifting gantries were required for deck erection, two for each side span and four for the main span. The gantries were self-erected onto the main cables. The presentation will describe the deck erection gantries, including operation on site. It will focus on the innovations specifically developed for this project, in particular, the double tandem lifts near the towers and the self-erection system; innovative solutions which maximise pre-assembly off the critical path and minimise disruption to shipping.



: 10:10-10:35
Simon Marr Dr Adrienn Tomor

The highlight of the bridge engineering year.

Sue Threader, Chief Executive, Rochester Bridge Trust

A great day meeting lots of like-minded people, exploring new innovations and products from exhibitors and listening to some inspiring speakers.

Kevin Dentith, Chief Bridge Engineer, Devon County Council

Excellent networking and knowledge sharing opportunity, everyone who works in bridges should be there!

Liz Kirkham, Network & Strategic Asset Manager, Gloucestershire County Council

Very good conference and excellent networking opportunities.

Paul Tucker, Senior Bridge Engineer & Team Leader, Somerset County Council

Once again a great opportunity to see and hear from market leaders in bridges innovation.

Adrian Worthington, Technical & Design Officer, Wigan Council

The event is always informative, inspiring and relevant - a really good blend of asset owners, researchers, designers and contractors. A must for all bridge engineering professionals!

Phil Raven, Head of Technical Design, Milestone Infrastructure (Oxfordshire Highways)

The event is an opportunity to meet the some main suppliers and service providers in the UK industry
and to gain an understanding of the status quo and the trends in the bridge through the problems faced and solutions found.

Philip Corbett, Concessionaire for the Rion-Antirion Bridge - Greece, GEFYRA SA