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Now what? : 2500 days after the BER is not opening

Many of the puzzles, what's going on. Only the members of the Supervisory Board to the unfinished capital Airport are internally warned that the BER is a so-called milestone in the schedule is not kept and could be again. Airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup informed you recently about the highly anticipated latest "patch Tuesday" of the fire alarm system in the Terminal. It was a major Reset, another Software Update, with the specialists of the installer company Bosch at the end of March all the possible disturbances in the handle wanted to get. In good time before the 29. March 2019, the sanctioned contract period for Bosch delivery, to have all defects removed. Actually, it should be already since the beginning of 2018.

On the 28. March Lütke Daldrup wrote that the Update had been installed "successfully". After the Patchday, Bosch have 25. March "already" 80 percent of the defects "logged out". A statement on the missing 20 per cent he made, but this announcement, Namely, that in April, "in a subsequent process adjustments to the fire protection planning the fire alarm system" added – so even an Update. And in April, the final report should be available, that the plant release is ready for testing, "end of may".

Officially, the airport company (FBB) to answer the question to the Bosch-date: "The Bosch company was the completion of the contracted services up to, and including, 29. March 2019. At the time of the Status of the Execution is checked.“ Bosch himself, two weeks ago, still very optimistic, refers to the FBB. In the Supervisory Board and corporate circles is also anecdotal evidence that it was not a dramatic delay.

Between patch day and Mayday. Yes, it is currently the BER, the front of 2 500 days at 3. June 2012 went to the Start. The days, months, years since into the country. In the state of Brandenburg is elected for the second Time a new Parliament. And in Berlin, a second BER inquiry Committee investigated, in the meantime, why 2017 will Start in the same year, off and on, the October 2020 was moved. This is the valid date for the opening. All managers hold on to it. In 573 days, it should be ready.

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It would be a miracle. Because once again, it boils down to the fact that this departure must be postponed. According to the daily mirror research which is now more likely than it might work somehow. In order to keep 2020, would have to be no later than in July of 2019, so in a couple of weeks, all the Work was completed.

Although many of the problems, the 2016, 2017, 2018 provided for setbacks and residues could be mitigated, under the concentrated, systematic Management Lütke Daldrups, took the company like no Chef before in the duty, sprinkler system, automatic doors and control the smoke. But just the fire alarm system (Bosch) and thus inextricably connected to safety power supply (ROM) are still on the infamous "critical path".

It's not about the small stuff. The fire alarm system is basically the Central brain of the BER, which controls the fire protection system. Approximately 23 000 fire detectors, the signals run to five Fire panels. And not only for a terminal section, but all linked together for the entire terminal, what makes it complicated: The Central must automatically alert the fire brigade, the evacuation via the electro-acoustic emergency warning system, short-EANWS, with 13 000 loudspeakers, the control of the escape doors and the smoke extraction system from Siemens secure, and one hundred percent, for each scenario. The safety of power cable between the fire detectors and Alarm panels may not fail, therefore, even in the event of a fire, must be "moved with preservation of function".

In the case of fire alarm and security cables, there must be, therefore, no "major defects". Since there is "no discretion", such as TÜV representative, referring to the düsseldorf airport fire in 1996, just as the witnesses in the Berlin BER Committee of inquiry have confirmed.

The defects must be remedied in order for the TÜV Rheinland in July – can begin later than planned – with the active and principle - tests. Is checked, whether all safety systems are safe to operate function and regulation have been built. And only then, the TÜV will issue the certificate for the October 2019 and completion for display at the building Department absolutely necessary. The TÜV will be with the tests according to daily mirror information, but "at the earliest" ready in October.

in March, an internal FBB sites listed alone 2932 significant deficiencies in the safety wiring. It is no longer about the clutter from the chaos of the construction site prior to 2012, but the then newly-laid cable. Some of the keywords from the March list in which the defects were Serious sorts, starting to sound familiar: "cable attachment", "separation of Strong and weak electricity," "defective, damaged cable routing, General, a lack of function maintenance", "General path of attachment".

the "Originally assessed buffer

For security lighting used up" it says: "Installation error, a lack of Surveillance or illumination complete/". To switchgear: "not the function of the cabinets" or "missing/lack of function, impaired system/lack of operation ability". Cleared the Problem of the plastic dowels, which contrary to regulations, cables were attached. The FBB tried with a opinion to demonstrate that the fire protection is still guaranteed.

Only a few weeks ago, the TÜV has warned the BER Management and the Supervisory Board as confidential, where it's burning everywhere, where the Tempo would have to be drastically increased. Also the fact that the fire alarm systems were still prone to failure. The announcement was clear: "If the facilities for testing are located in this state, this leads to the test interruption." And for the fire alarm system and the emergency warning system of the TÜV noted: "lines-plans for the cable management are still not fully mapped, and therefore, lines can be used for a function maintenance is required not to be identified."

The K.-o.-defects of which neither the MOT nor the competent building authority of the County of Dahme-Spreewald for the BER, a release would give. And at the end of January 2019, the TÜV made to "deviations from the building permit" and "open Planning".

On the site, that's for sure, dramatic weeks. The defects should be eliminated actually in a timely manner, then should go after the active and the principle of tests, nothing wrong. It would be at BER for the first Time. The TÜV has internally already referred explicitly to the fact that for the risk of investigations, "no time window is more and more considered", "the originally assessed buffer" are used. If the samples in the summer – will occur checked a quarter of the terminal – once again, interference is in accordance with the regulations, a lengthy "inspection" is due.

For many, whether on or off-site, would be a BER-opening in 2020 anyway surprising as a re-shift. So 2018 has engaged the local tax court of the value of a plot of land close to the airport, Tegel, in its judgment, finds as "fact" this finding: "The commissioning of this new BER airport has been postponed several times, including in December 2014 to September 2017 and the last in December 2017 October 2020, with further shifts do not appear to be excluded."

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a Lack of nerve, wrong or hesitant to approach, not accuse, go Airport CEO Lütke Daldrup, anyway. He so far holds steadfastly to 2020. The former Berlin-Secretary of state was stayed after his shift to the FBB in March 2017, the Supervisory Board of the state-owned company Berlinovo, which manages the risk of the real estate heritage of the Berlin Bank scandal. This part-time job Lütke Daldrup, now abandoned, in the beginning of April, in order to focus completely on the BER, where now in wrestling to 2020, the risk is growing, possibly as of 2012, a Start-too late to cancel.

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