Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department


The Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering (hereinafter referred to as its Italian acronym “DICEAA”) aims to group researchers bound together by scientific interests within the frame of Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering and previously belonging to the former Structural, Hydraulic and Soil Engineering Department and Urban planning and Architecture Department of the University of L’Aquila. The DICEAA is involved in the research, development as well as teaching of the sciences related to Civil, Environmental and Construction-Architectural Engineering.

In details, within the frame of Civil Engineering, DICEAA carries out its activities with regards to design, construction, maintenance, safety and monitoring of structures (i.e. civil structures, hydraulic and maritime structures, embankments and foundations, roads, bridges, railways, harbors, airports, etc..) with particular attention paid to the design and seismic upgrading of existing building and monumental heritage. Typical tools used by DICEAA to reach its goals are mathematical and physical modeling aimed to describe the mechanical and dynamic behavior of materials, structures, soil and water and of their mutual interactions.

Within the frame of Construction-Architectural Engineering, DICEAA is involved in the urban and rural planning, design, sketch, survey and urban and architectural renovation as well as the recovery of built and preservation and valorization of cultural and environmental heritage, environmental protection, site organization, land and urban valuations, laws regarding buildings and urban planning, history of architecture, of towns and building technologies, technological installations in buildings, geomatics, mobility infrastructures and transportation.

Within the frame of Environmental Engineering, DICEAA is involved in the design, construction and maintenance of civil structures aimed to increase the public health and to protect landscape and coasts as well as to limit environmental risks. Moreover, DICEAA is involved in the study, the survey and physical, chemical, geological, geomorphologic and biological monitoring of environmental parameters, including their statistical analyses; in the development of novel geomatics techniques and mathematical modeling aimed to assess the environmental risk related to civil engineering projects; in the development of early warning systems, including tsunamis; in the activities to be carried out within the integrated coastal zone and environment management; in the integrated depuration and treatment of waste water and solids; in the reclamation of polluted areas including marine sediments.

DICEAA carries out its activities also by means of its 11 laboratories and two Research Centers, CERFIS and M&MOCS.