Experience: 23 years
Other notable projects:
1. Testing and Validation Center
in Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany, a
railway test center owned by Siemens
Mobility, which opened in June 1997.
Mr. Lehmann was practical project
manager for power supply.
2. The Shanghai Maglev Train, in
Shanghai, China, the world’s first commercially operated high-speed line that
uses magnetic levitation rather than
conventional tracks, which launched in
January 2004. Mr. Lehmann was lead of
back office for power supply.
Career lessons learned: First, clarify
the responsibilities of all involved parties before getting contract signatures.
And second, in a multilingual project
environment, choose a language
that is of none of the parties’ mother
tongue as the primary mode of communication.
to create separate plans for each station—one in Santa Llogaia d’Àlguema, Spain
and the other in Baixas, France.
“The layout of each station is slightly different,” Mr. Lehmann says. “Each
location had different seismic requirements and the land itself was different.
Consequently, all civil and mechanical design had to be adapted to meet those
LINES OF COMMUNICATION
The customer, Inelfe (Interconnexion Electrique France Espagne), a joint
venture between the grid operators Réseau de Transport d’Electricité in Paris,
France and Red Eléctrica de España in Madrid, Spain, hired Siemens 32 months
after France and Spain agreed to launch the project in 2008. Construction on
the substations began in January 2012 and ended in August 2014. The biggest
project challenge was the language barrier, according to Mr. Lehmann. Communicating with stakeholders who spoke a mix of French, Spanish and German
proved to be even more difficult than configuring the highly technical components of the converter stations.
“We had to translate all training and maintenance materials into each party’s
native language,” he says. “This took longer than expected, but it was critical that
everyone knew exactly what had to be done so there was no confusion.”
The majority of team members also spoke some English, so that language
One converter substation is in Baixas,
France and the other is in Santa Llogaia
d’Àlguema, Spain, below.