We have not been able to update our information on the Worksite: unfortunately, the unusually heavy rains in early February forced us to suspend operations since it was impossible to work safely inside the monument. However, between 2 and 4 February we were able to complete the erection of the large provisional hangar underneath which the excavation of the garden has begun as part of the first Pilot Worksite to rehabilitate the upper part of the Domus.
On Tuesday 18 and Friday 21 February, we inspected the state of the internal environment and decided not to authorize companies to resume work. The internal staff of the Soprintendenza, together with the Works Managers, engineers and safety officers drew up a Report containing a coordination plan for activities needed before work can resume.
Unfortunately, the humidity and the rainwater that have penetrated into the monument caused the electrical systems to malfunction, to the extent that it was impossible to enter and work inside the Domus. For this reason, the plan approved entails first securing the electrical system, followed by the identification of protected and restricted routes, isolating and excluding areas considered less safe. This will enable us to draw up a map of viable lighted routes that the various companies must use to reach their allotted worksites. On Tuesday 25 February, we will carry out a general assessment of the situation with company representatives and come to a decision on the resumption of work.
This is the second time in a short period that we have experienced disastrously heavy rain (the last time was about two years ago, but that event was much more serious, with an amount of rainfall not seen in the Domus Aurea for at least 20 years). We have therefore decided to install a provisional surface drainage system in the area above the Domus Aurea to help the waters drain away if similar meteorological events occur in the future.