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Engelbert Lütke Daldrup: The BER head sees German regulatory anger as an obstacle


Engelbert Lütke Daldrup The head of the BER sees German anger as an obstacle

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Engelbert Lütke Daldrup took up the post in the BER of Karsten Mühlenfeld, who in turn was Hartmut Mehdorn

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The boss of Germany's most famous worksite is responsible for some of his problems. Its proposed solution: To make the lowest building standard of all federal states the standard.

eIn the growing chaos of standards, from the perspective of Berlin airport director Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, large construction projects are becoming more and more difficult. "Twenty years ago, we had only 25% of the standards we have today," said Lütke Daldrup of the ARCH + magazine. "Removing half of them would generally make it easier to create cheaper and more efficient ones in Germany".

Lütke Daldrup has been working for over a year and a half with the new Berlin BER Capital Airport in Schönefeld, just outside Berlin. It should have been in operation for seven years. However, the opening had to be postponed several times, because design errors, manufacturing defects and technical problems canceled the schedules. Also, Lütke Daldrup's predecessor Hartmut Mehdorn had complained about German regulatory anger.

"It's not just Berlin," assured Lütke Daldrup. "Almost all large-scale projects in Germany have problems." Standards went from the logical level, would be counterproductive. "We are bound by a corset and we are always immobile."

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Among others, Lütke Daldrup was a construction consultant in Frankfurt and Foreign Minister of the Federal Ministry of Construction

The trained planner gave an example of cable routes, as it had to be extended extensively to the BER terminal. It regulates how cables are separated, how they are marked, how many mounts they should be in which intervals, how to bend the cables, and so on. No deviation will be tolerated.

Behind the growing number of standards, Lütke Daldrup suspects that he has an interest in engineers in standardization committees who hope to sign contracts. He proposed to restrict standards and impose a moratorium on further rules. "One must make the lowest building standard of all federal states in accordance with the federal rule model."

Construction standards are not the main cause, but one reason why the new airport with its 786 technical systems is not over, said Lütke Daldrup. "We have been tested by TÜV for a year and we probably have another year ahead of us."

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