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Scientific Instrumentation Centre Scientific Instrumentation Centre


The Scientific Instrumentation Centre was officially created on 2 January 2003, as a result of a re-structuring in which the continuity of the overall objectives of former LNEC units was privileged. The creation of those units has always taken into account the notion that the success of a scientific research institution largely depends on its ability to develop different tools, both to characterise the properties of materials and to study the behaviour of physical models and prototypes, by making it possible to analyse their performance and safety, as well as to validate mathematical models.

In this context, the Centre develops science and technology activities –including both research and development activities (R&D) and other scientific and technical activities (OS&TA) – in the areas of Scientific Instrumentation and Metrology, being represented by the design and development of electromechanical instruments aiming at the application in the comprehensive field of Civil Engineering. It also operates towards ensuring the metrological quality of those instruments; it participates in pluridisciplinary teams involved in studies and tests and also builds prototypes and scale models, having, in all cases, the main purpose of fulfilling the needs of the other LNEC units. In a second operation level, the Centre participates in the execution of various types of tests, as well as in the corrective maintenance of various types of equipment and instruments.

In order to carry out those activities, the Centre uses the knowledge from scientific areas that are traditionally integrated in the fields of electrotechnical and mechanical engineering, and in the fields of metrology, system engineering and information technologies, by adapting that knowledge to the fulfilment of its tasks.

The Organization Chart of Scientific Instrumentation Centre is divided into:

Electrotechnical and Mechanical Systems Unit (NSEM),
Metrological Quality Unit (NQM),
Informatics Infrastructure Division (DIEI),
Installations Building and Maintenance Sector.