Environmental engineering


Environmental impact analysis


The environmental impact assessment (EIA)  is the central base for realising the element of environmental protection for a project or product. EIA covers the whole life cycle of a project or product. In the EIA we indicate which avoidable or unavoidable environmental impacts are to be expected and what are the options for reducing or avoiding the impacts. We point out an additional need for analysis if further undefined environmental impacts are suspected.

For the EIA, the product is always broken down into modules and submodules, and these in turn are broken down again into parts. Generally, the data acquisition is done at a part number level. If this is unavailable or impractical, the smallest unit possible is taken, the so-called line replaceable unit (LRU).

For the individual environment-related project phases or environmentally hazardous components of a project, we determine the media (soil, water, air, radiation, noise) for which potentially exist environment-related risks. These parts are labelled and documented. To conclude, we consider whether measures for protecting the environment have been taken or should be defined. With regard to the environment and media, the focus of the assessment is on

  • Materials
  • Operating supply items and auxiliary material, consumables
  • Energy
  • Emissions / immissions

and based on this, a list of hazardous materials is drawn up and a disposal concept developed for the product.


    Land recycling/contaminated sites and investigation and disposal of arms and munition



    Even today, old industrial and commercial sites are often still a danger to people and the environment due to decades of production and utilisation of all sorts of hazardous materials. In particular former military and armament sites like production factories, ammunition dumps, facilities for the disposal of explosive ordnance, shelling and bombing sites, etc. are contaminated with explosives, explosive ordnance and their degradation products in addition to the usual pollutants. In such cases, the contaminated sites are an enormous obstacle for the reutilisation of the land areas.

    The IABG specialists solve even the toughest of problems. Here, specific knowledge beyond general expertise in contaminated sites is required about how the plants were constructed, about the technical procedures and about the often highly poisonous and carcinogenic materials involved in industrial and armament-related contamination

    Our services

    • Remediation planning and investigation
    • Remediation of commercial and industrial sites
    • Remediation of military and armament contaminated sites
    • Biological remediation procedures

    IABG supports the owners in the investigation, remediation and further development of contaminated sites. We can also provide supplementary services in addition to our environment portfolio:

    • Cost estimation
    • Utilisation concepts
    • Coordination with authorities / moderation
    • Public relations / site marketing
    • Environmental impact analyses
    • Planning and support for dismantling services
    • Construction site management and monitoring
    • Construction site logistics
    • Property management / information systems


    Biological remediation procedures

    DROP – Decontamination and Revitalisation of Oilpolluted Land



    • is a biological remediation procedure for soil and ground water
    • is a joint development of the companies IABG and Henkel/Cognis
    • is a procedure that has been developed especially for large-area contamination with biologically degradable materials like mineral oil and fuel
    • can be used in-situ and ex-situ and combined easily with other procedures
    • is soil conserving
    • is environmentally friendly:
      • no washing out of soil content or contaminants into the ground water
      • no soil excavation, no soil transport
      • exclusive use of easily biodegradable materials (mainly approved food/fodder) on the basis of natural raw materials

    DROP requires very little equipment-technology and can also be applied in water protection areas.


    BioREx – the new on-site procedure for decontaminating sites contaminated with explosives

    • no toxicological / ecotoxicological-related metabolites
    • suitable even in cases of heavy contamination
    • cost-effective


    Expert reports/investigations

    Scientific investigations are indispensable for well-founded answers to environmental questions. The aim is to find a balance between scientific requirements and meeting the demands of authorities on the one hand and on the other, not to lose sight of the cost-benefit ratio. Our project managers have an extensive pool of experience to draw from. Ever since its foundation in 1961, IABG's core business is to conduct investigations and make expert reports. We find the right and yet cost-effective solutions for our customers even for extraordinary and complex tasks.

    Our services

    • Historical research
    • Aerial photo evaluation
    • Technical investigation
    • Explosive ordnance investigation
    • Risk assessment, risk analysis
    • Environmental compatibility analysis
    • Remediation planning and investigation
    • Geophysics


    Project management

    Professional project management is essential for the successful execution of complex procedures. In an age of growing networks, companies and authorities are often confronted with tasks which, in addition to large, long-term and thus practically independent projects, go beyond the daily business and which cannot be mastered at all or not in time with internal capacities.

    The specialists from IABG, experienced project managers with a wide range of expertise, are ready to accompany our customers in particular in the project startup phase and coordinate the complete project from beginning to end as required. As experts and technical consultants, we assume the tasks of project or programme director or also the tasks of the project management office (PMO).

    The know how and routine from project management combined with the relevant expertise form the basis for successful performance of complex environmental consulting services among other things for:

    • Research and development projects
    • International environmental services
    • Former industrial, military, and ordnance sites
    • Deconstruction and land recycling
    • Site damage analysis through to remediation and aftercare
    • Site assessments for renewable energies
    • Coordinating with authorities

    Our services

    include the complete project cycle and are adapted to the client‘s requirements.