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As an independent and impartial R&D institute, LNEC's priority is to make Science, as to contribute to the creation, development and dissemination of applied research in areas related to civil engineering, such as:

Public works: dams, harbours, airfields, roads and railways infrastructures;
housing and urban planning;
water resources, coastline and environment;
materials, components and other products for Industry.
LNEC activity essentially aims to the following objectives:

Quality, safety and economy of works;
Safety of persons and assets;
 Protection and rehabilitation of natural and built heritage;
Technological modernisation and innovation.

Types of activity

The main activities of LNEC are the following:

Research and Innovation of a strategic nature, developed within research lines considered as priority due to their relevance at national and international level.

Studies and consultancy, by providing advanced expert technical and advisory services, to public and private bodies, both national and foreign.

Promote quality in construction through the preparation of specifications, standards and regulations, the approval and classification of new building materials and components, monitoring of works, certification of building projects under LNEC’s "Quality Mark" and testing. 

In addition to the activities described above, LNEC develops knowledge dissemination actions and scientific and technical training, through the edition of scientific and technical documents, conducting specialized courses or other advanced training actions, organisation of scientific and technical meetings, both national and foreign, complemented by the publishing activity and the Library. 

Cooperation with various technical and scientific entities, domestic and foreign, in particular with scientific and technical associations, universities and laboratories, is equally important to the technical and scientific activities developed by LNEC.