Welcome Note

The Regional Civil Engineering Laboratory (LREC), in addition to applied research into areas specific to the Region, also has responsibilities defined by the Regional Implementing Decree no.12/98/A, namely to provide technical support for civil engineering projects and quality control for construction materials. It is also responsible for the dissemination of scientific and technical developments within the field of civil engineering. Its work essentially consists of providing laboratory services – testing, studies and expert opinions – to public and private entities on request. In this regard, LREC is an entity created by the Regional Government of the Azores to serve as a tool in assessing and supervising the quality of construction at regional level.

LREC was established in 1980 and operates in the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, materials engineering, seismic engineering, road engineering and engineering geology. 

"Quality Policy"

It is the responsibility of LREC to achieve and maintain high-quality standards in all its work. This entity also aims to provide the civil construction and public works sectors in the Autonomous Region of the Azores with a wide range of laboratory and quality control services with the guarantee of reliability, impartiality and aspiration to Excellence.