If anyone doubts that the world is going to the dogs, a couple of recent engineering disasters in
offer the final and
definite proof. First, the opening of the Germany airport, initially scheduled for last June, has
been pushed back several times because of concerns over its fire-control system.
The current due date is October 2013. And this is only the latest of a series of
high-profile construction projects to be plagued by serious snafus: a couple of
train/subway stations, the new concert hall in new
Berlin , the building of the German CIA… Hamburg
Then, there is the problem with the German railways. Deutsche Bahn have announced that they expect another winter marred by delays and service cancellations. The reason? The 16 new high-speed trains they ordered back in 2008 from Siemens are unlikely to materialize any time soon. They were to be delivered last December – but tests uncovered mysterious software problems.
So, I have been pondering this: if the Germans can no longer do engineering or make the trains run on time, what hope is there for anyone else?