The Department was born in 1985, as a direct consequence of the European Directive on the EIA Environmental Impact Assessment. Its experts took part in the workgroups that experimented its application in Italy to relevant highway projects (doubling of A1 Florence-Bologna, Aosta-Mont Blanc highway), under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment. During those same years, the Department first experimented with environmental restoration and landscape works, carried out using bioengineering techniques.
The activities of the Department, which today employs engineers, geologists, environmentalists, acoustics experts and architects, include the coordination and participation in Environmental Impact Studies for EIA all over Italy (thermal power stations, roads and highways, ordinary and high-speed railway lines, incinerators, landfills, freight terminals, technology parks, power lines, wastewater treatment plants). All of the project have obtained ministerial approval; most have alreadybeen completed, some are still underway.
The Department coordinates and participates in the elaboration of Environmental Feasibility Studies for all the projects substained with public funds, according to the Italian Rules concerning Public Works.
It also collaborates with other firm Departments in order to minimize environmental impacts by using bioengineering techniques and materials; it draws assessments on various environmental components and subjects, such as Landscape, Acoustics, Life Cycle Analysis, Geology and Hydrogeology, Archaeology, Woods and Forests.
Abroad, environmental studies have been carried out for infrastructure works in Albania (urban water supply network and storm and wastewater sewerage, including a wastewater treatment plant, in Vlore), for water irrigation projects in Sudan (extension of the Upper Atbara dam), for hydraulic works and erosion control in Bolivia (regimentation of storm water in La Paz).