Engineering Company

The City of Science and Technologies - Rome

The City of Science and Technologies of Rome project plans the creation of a wide scientific communication system in the Flaminio area.
As far as the plant engineering is concerned, the Opengineering Company took care of the aspect attached to the following functional parts:

  • primary distribution
  • motive power
  • electric switch panels
  • ordinary and emergency lighting system
  • external lighting system
  • VoIP telephony and data transmission networks
  • TV system and CCTV system
  • fire detection systems
  • sound diffusion system
  • anti-intrusion system
  • electric installations supervision and management system

The lighting system includes all the devices with the respective control devices, the laying and connection accessories, the secondary power supply lines derived from the secondary electric panels, and it is divided into ordinary, preferential and safety lighting. The ordinary lighting was designed to guarantee the lighting levels compliant to the regulations in force. Particular attention was focused on the use of new illuminating engineering technologies such as the LED sources. The system maximum flexibility was planned not only to illuminate in the best possible way the exposed objects, but also to protect the most vulnerable objects from the thermal and ultraviolet radiations. The system is accomplished thanks to the use of devices which are provided with LED, discharge or fluorescent lamp. While using the above mentioned sources, particular attention was focused on energy conservation, trying not to compromise the aesthetic-perceptive perfomances. As far as the lamps are concerned, the fluorescent ones were chosen for the general lighting, for the conferences halls and for the offices. Whereas for the accent lighting inside the exhibition halls, LED lights with adjustable colour temperature were chosen, with the aim to guarantee the highest possible energy conservation according to the perceptive and asthetic performance.
The various types of lighting were structured to be controlled by a dimmer system which is active on the various floors and conferences halls, consisting of various touch screens that can control the different devices on DALI channels. In that way it was possible to control the various sceneries according to real necessities.
The accomplishment of an integrated network for data transmission and VoIP telephony, for the sharing of local resources and the access to telephony systems was planned. The data transmission and telephony network has the function to connect the peripherical elements with the concentrators assuming a number of services and information that can be exchanged among the various parties which carry out various activities inside the building. The structured wiring system in 6th category (EIA/TIA standard) or higher (7th Category or optical fiber) was used in order to enable the connection of each single connector and the installation of local network of the Ethernet type (10 Mbit/s), of the serial type, AS/400, FDDI, Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s), 10 Gbit etc. All the floor or area cabinets will be connected with the building distributor by means of multi-optical fibers backbones.
For the control of the museum vulnerable areas, such as the main entrances, the protected areas and the internal premises of the buildings, a CCTV system with fixed and portable video cameras was planned. That system is based on an digital system that is open and with modular components which can be extended, both of the hardware and software type. The system uses standardized communication protocols of the TCP/IP type that enable the interfacing in LAN and WAN areas, perfectly integrating with the higher level Building Management system. The video routers central units of the area will control the premises and the iternal and external areas of the buildings. All system video signals will be submitted to specific recording video devices of the high definition digital type. The video routers central units, thanks to optical fibers connections, will be connected to a video router master central units, placed in the “centrale operativa” (business central unit), which is where the supervision central unit will be placed as well and it will enable the management, control and integrated vision of the video and data systems. The fire detection system was designed planning a microprocessor central unit which controls all the field elements such as detectors, manual buttons, optical-sound signallers, holding magnets, fire stop doors and control modules. The detectors and alarm buttons are installed in the lobbies, halls, corridors, central units and common areas. The detectors were placed in such a way as to protect the entire covered area of the complex. The central unit provides for the constant monitoring of the condition of all the connected devices with cyclic tests to determine the possible pre-alarm, alarm, trouble or normal condition. By means of a special interface, provided with a LCD display and functional keys, the operator can read the condition of the connected devices, modify the alarm, pre-alarm thresholds or other indicators. The fire detection system was planned in such a way as to be integrated with the Building Management System, that completely controls it.
The sound alarm system instead, integrates the alarm functions with the sound and informative diffusion. Obviously, the main target is diffusing the information in the event of an alarm and, to that purpose, all the building areas were provided with a sound diffuser.
An anti-intrusion system was planned as well, it can protect the perimeter of the structure. The system was accomplished by means of double-technology volumetric detectors and magnetic contacts on the access doors.
And finally, an electric installation supervision advanced system was planned, it can collect a considerable amount of data in real time, manage their processing, interpretation and presentation. Such system guarantees the three following functions:

  • the measures gathering
  • the measures organization and transmission to facilitate their analysis by means of the various pertinent services of the company: production, maintenance, accounting, site management
  • the control of the results which were obtained thanks to the solutions aiming at improving the electric system

Through the supervision and control system it is possible to accomplish a number of measures and detections which are useful for the analysis and monitoring of the systems condition:

  • current, voltage, power, power factor, active and reactive energy
  • fault current measures
  • number of interventions recording and analysis of the causes of the intervention
  • alarm signalling (lack of voltage, current overload, over temperature and short ciurcuit)
  • manouvre cycles and switches hours of functioning calculation

The supervision and control system is an information measuring and processing instrument that makes the management of the electric installation possible, and it also makes the achievement of three strategic and fundamental targets possible, such as the reduction of the energy costs, the improvement of energy quality and the improving of reliability and service continuity.


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The City of Science and Technologies - Rome


The Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Tourism Development and Competitiveness Department

Value of the work

32.742.400,00 €



Architectural Project

Ecosfera S.p.A.

Structure Project

DMS Engineering S.r.l.

Thermal Fluid Systems Project

Ing. Emilio Chinappi


Definitive Planning for Special Systems and Electric Installations

Task assigned by

Eugenio Ciotola S.p.A.

Systems Amount
2.022.953,13 €