LCPC - Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées
- Conduct methodological researches and studies in engineering structures and their uses, in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, urban engineering, and their impact on environment
- Bring out the value of research by actions of development of softwares or test and measurement equipment
- Carry on surveys and provide consultancy services
- Orient, program and evaluate, in its fields of expertise, research and development in the Technical Studies Centres for Public Works (CETE), and steer the regional civil engineering inter-laboratory committee (LRPC)
- Ensure the co-ordination with European and international research, promote French techniques overseas and support innovation
- Implement a scientific information policy and disseminate new knowledge regulations and standards
FOUR FIELDS OF ACTIVITY… AND ONE SHARED VALUE : ENVIRONMENT
- Roads: This sector of activities covers the design, construction, maintenance and operation of highways, and includes "intelligent roads"
- Engineering structures
- Geotechnical engineering and natural hazards
- Urban engineering
FIVE PRIORITIES (FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT 2001-2004)
- Maintain and develop the existing infrastructure heritage
- Ensure road user safety
- Mitigate the environmental impact of infrastructures during their service life and better control natural hazards
- Optimise civil engineering structures in urban environments
- Promote the introduction of new materials and new technologies in civil engineering and transport
THE LCPC, HEAD OF THE TECHNICAL NETWORK OF THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT
Eight CETE, based on the major French areas, with their seventeen regional laboratories and four specialised centres form a nation-wide network, which constitutes the LCPC's strength and originality, helping to ensure that its research remains anchored in reality and close to users' needs.
Within the CETE, two CECP (Centres for Study and Construction of Prototypes), located in Angers and Rouen, design and produce original tools for test and control purposes. These CECP equip the regional laboratories, and they promote and distribute these tools together with the LCPC under the mlpc® brand.
The LCPC has concluded partnerships with such research organisations as CNRS, ENPC and INRETS with which it has created pools teams and resources. The LCPC also maintains partnerships with universities, leading institutions for education, industries and public communities.
In France, the LCPC participates in the national research and development programmes.
At a European level, the LCPC is a member of the Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), and joins in the European research and development as the framework Program. The LCPC also has collaborations with the US, Canada, Japan, Brazil, China, and North Africa.
A FIRM COMMITMENT TO QUALITY MANAGEMENT
The LCPC is proud to be amongst France's first public scientific and technological research establishments to have earned the ISO 9001 certification (v 2000) in October 2002, and is convinced that Quality improves collective and individual effectiveness.