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DENVER HIRES GERMANS TO DEBUG AIRPORT

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Denver officials plan to hire the German consulting firm that untangled problems plaguing the only baggage system in the world comparable to the one that's keeping Denver International Airport from opening.

Representatives from Logplan, which helped debug Frankfurt airport's baggage system 22 years ago, visited Denver this week to take a quick look at the new airport's troubled $193 million system.The German company grew out of a two-year effort to solve Frankfurt's baggage problem when its terminal was built in 1972. It was formed by several college professors who had been brought in to study the problems.

The Frankfurt airport's baggage system today is considered one of the most reliable in the world.

Logplan would become the city's representative in its dealings with BAE Automated Systems, builder of the Denver baggage system, said Stephanie Foote, chief of staff for Mayor Wellington Webb.

It would work in conjunction with Eaton-Kenway, a Salt Lake company hired to assess the baggage system's computer software and hardware problems. Glitches in the baggage system prompted an indefinite delay in the opening of the $3.7 billion airport.