Spea Engineering, a Company in the ATLANTIA Group, as part of its principal works in the form of road and airport infrastructures, also engages in environmental monitoring – via its specialist department – on behalf of the major concessionaires throughout the Country: Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI), Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), and Tangenziale Est Esterna di Milano(T.E.E.M.).
SPEA’s Environmental Monitoring Department was created in 2002, initially to oversee the works in the Crossing Variation.
Subsequently, its work was extended to all the other motorway routes affected by extension works or new builds:
From a logistics point of view, the Department is spread over a number of offices, in order to be close to worksite activities, and to adapt checks to the actual progress with works. In addition to the original Barberino di Mugello location, created near the works on the Crossing Variation, there are currently offices in Camerata Picena and Milan. A further operating base is about to be opened in Fiumicino, to monitor the airport sites on behalf of ADR.
The Department is made up of 3 distinct work groups, which look after environmental, geotechnical and topographical matters respectively. Each group is divided into personnel involved in measuring in the field, and those who process the data, prepare periodic reports and maintain ties with Control Bodies (Environmental Watchdogs).
Another activity launched recently, in addition to direct surveys of various environmental components, is the support provided to Directors of Works by the Department’s technicians in the role of Environmental Contact Persons, with the task of assisting them in the checks provided for in Environmental Specifications for worksite management.
The purpose of Environmental Monitoring is to conform to the current norm and indications by the Control Bodies, especially following Environmental Impact Evaluation procedures, in relation to checking the impacts of works in the construction phase, and checking the efficacy of mitigation in the operating phase.
Therefore, the Monitoring Plan sets itself the following objectives, in the various implementation phases:
As regards strictly environmental aspects, in general the various Monitoring Plans cover the following components:
Other geotechnical and topographical activities are used to support environmental monitoring, which are also carried out to support Directors of Works.
During the site survey phase, the Department is able to work using its own instrumentation, for the various environmental components, made up of:
All the data gathered is managed via dedicated databases, that are able to make information available to the citizens – via specific websites for each infrastructural job – that the various Environmental Watchdogs decide to make public.