LNEC National Laboratory for Civil Engineering

The LNEC Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (www.lnec.pt), established in November 1946, is a public research institution dedicated to Science and Technology that carries out its activities in the large field of civil engineering and related areas.
At present, LNEC has 628 employees, about 180 having a PhD degree or equivalent.
The scope of LNEC activities comprises public works, infrastructures, housing and town-planning, water resources, transports, environment, construction materials and technology, and building physics. These activities ultimately envisage: the safety and quality of works; protection and rehabilitation of natural and built environment and heritage; and technological innovation in the construction sector. Activities related to regulations, standardization and construction quality are also relevant.
Throughout its existence, LNEC has carried out R&D studies and advanced technological consultancy in more than 40 countries, covering a wide range of works, such as buildings, bridges, dams, harbours, beaches, underground works and transportation infrastructures.
LNEC research activity is based on quadrennial plans. The last plan, referring to the period 2005-2008, was organized in 7 transversal domains: Environment and Sustainability; Risk and Safety; Quality of Construction; Conservation and Requalification; Observation and Instrumentation; Human and Socio-Economical Dimension; and Information Technologies and Expert Systems.
Research activity in the area of road safety started in the early 1970’s, being carried out mostly at the Planning, Traffic and Safety Division of the Transportation Department, which has participated in several European research projects (SAFESTAR, GADGET, RiPCORD-iSEREST, In-Safety, SafetyNet, SUNflower+6).
on Portuguese roads and motorways using both Classical and Bayesian statistical approaches.

Responsible Person

João Lourenço Cardoso

Other persons involved

Sofia Azeredo Lopes