Handling of engineering and services

Acea's engineering activities

During over one hundred years of history, we have developed and accumulated state-of-the-art know-how in the design, construction and management of energy and water infrastructures. 

With the new Business Plan, the objective is to create a single hub – ACEA Infrastructure – by integrating various companies for the management of major projects.

Acea Infrastructure

Acea Infrastructure is the company part of the Acea Gruppo that provides technical services to ensure the correct operation of every business.It focuses in particular on engineering, Engineering Procurement Costruction (EPC), and analytical laboratory services, research and specialist consultancy services in the water cycle, waste recycling and energy sectors.
Thanks to the work carried out directly with its operators, Acea Infrastructure is able to intercept practical, day-to-day needs and develop ad hoc solutions. Its versatility enables it to be the driving force behind innovation for the companies within the Group.

Acea Infrastructure, with its highly specialised staff and high-tech equipment, ensures the performance of different technical-managerial activities:

  • planning and implementation for the integrated water service, electricity service, waste treatment and valorization and hydroelectric and thermoelectric production
  • integrated planning (architectural, structural and plant engineering), through Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • project validation assessment, pursuant to Art.42 of Legislative Decree no. 36/2023 as amended
  • technical monitoring services
  • periodic verification of water meters with a flow rate of up to 40 m3/h pursuant to the Ministerial Decree 93/2017 and checks on water meters for compliance with the UNI EN ISO 4064 standard (currently in the acceptance stage)
  • drinking water and waste water testing
  • protection and optimization of water resources
  • research and development of experimental projects, involving Universities and startups, in order to share innovative ideas and apply them to real cases together with the Group's Companies
  • implementing and managing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect, analyze, monitor and validate information on events and phenomena occurring on the surface of the Earth
  • detecting natural and man-made anomalies using Remote Sensing for the analysis of high definition satellite images and the development of hydrogeological and hydrological models of surface water and groundwater bodies with the aim of protecting hydric resources
  • engineering services, such as monitoring activities (drone, laser scanner, ground penetrating radar, terrestrial interferometry, etc.) 
  • engineering services, for example surveying and mapping water, sewage and treatment plants in order to construct a plant diagram, creating measurement districts for the distribution network to monitor water flow and pressure and reconstruct the layout of the water and sewage network
  • non-traditional engineering, to support the daily work of our water operators, for example leak detection using a mix of traditional and innovative investigation techniques
  • specific engineering, focusing specifically on providing services linked to worksite safety

Importantly, Acea Infrastructure also provides one of the main analytical laboratory services at a national level, in terms of both equipment and methodologies used. The laboratory hosts more than 500 pieces of high-tech equipment and carries out analyses of drinking water, wastewater, and environmental compartments on a daily basis. The company also has a mobile laboratory, available 24/7, 365 days a year, to guaranty high-quality analysis and environment monitoring services and deal with emergencies in the areas of interest.

Acea Infrastructure is pursuing various projects, including:

  • in collaboration with Acea Innovation ENEA and the Tuscia University, the Acea Smart Comp project, proposing a new zero kilometre organic waste management model, from large-scale users to widespread waste management, according to Waste Transition logics;
  • the LabSharing platform, in collaboration with Acea’s Innovation Division and the Company’s Laboratory, conceived with a view to extending also to third parties (entities, universities, research bodies) potential access to Acea’s excellence structures and scientific support, in the area of highly complex environmental testing, with the final objective of becoming a collector of research projects;
  • the development of a Sars-Cov2 research protocol using the wastewater matrix;
  • in collaboration with ENEA, research concerning the microplastics in water;
  • the development of low-cost smart sensors for community composting.

Acea Infrastructure certifications and accreditations

Acea Infrastructure adopts an integrated Management System and operates through accredited bodies, based on well-defined policies, drawn up in accordance with national and international reference standards:

  • Integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Management System, certified compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards
  • BIM Integrated Design Management System, certified compliant with the UNI PdR 74:2019 standard. Therefore, Acea is the first Italian multi-utility to be certified in this field
  • The Project Assessment Unit of Acea Infrastructure carries out verification activities to validate projects and perform technical monitoring during the implementation, as a Type C Inspection Body accredited under the international standard UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012 (Certified email: laboratori.uvp@pec.aceaspa.it for reports and complaints)
  • The Water Meter Verification Unit of Acea Infrastructure carries out periodic verifications of water meters with flow rates up to 40 m3/h in accordance with Ministerial Decree no. 93 of 2017, as well as verifications of compliance with the UNI EN ISO 4064 standard in the acceptance phase, as a Type C Inspection Body, accredited pursuant to the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012 international standard and registered under no.419 in the Unioncamere National List (Certified email: laboratori.uvci@pec.aceaspa.it for reports and complaints)
  • The Analytical Laboratory of Acea Infrastructure, one of the most important laboratories at national level for equipment and testing methods, is accredited under the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 standards.

Finally, Acea Infrastructure is qualified for the implementation of public works in compliance with DPR 207/2010.

In particular, Acea Infrastructure has expanded its design activities, obtaining in 2021 BIM (Building Information Modeling) Certification, a digital methodology that allows the acquisition and management in an integrated manner of all planning information pertaining to the work cycle phases, generating economic, timing and environmental efficiencies, and explores increasingly more advanced areas in the field of research and technological innovation and in the sector of laboratory monitoring, with an approach that valorises partnerships and the sharing of knowledge.


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