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ACTIVITY REPORT 2006 | CHAPTER 1 Encouraging dialogue between research and industry The year 2006 witnessed an evolution in the French research system as a result of application of the Research Policy Act. Direct consequences of this policy move would include the Research Ministry's reorganisation with the creation of a Research and Innovation Division, the more prominent role played by the National Research Agency (ANR) and the consolidation of competitive clusters - all created the previous year - along with the development of Research / Higher Education clusters. This innova- tive measure has been designed to help implement the government's research strategy in conjunction with a major objective: intensifying collaboration between research bodies and universities, as well as between research and the world of industry, modelled after the public-private partnership. Clearly stated in the new four-year contract tying LCPC with the French government(1) over the 2006- 2009 period is the government's desire to promote contractual research, and in so doing strengthening the position occupied by the Laboratory, which of- fers and often spearheads initiatives. LCPC acts as a key participant to a large majority of ANR-spon- sored projects, in the fields of road infrastructure, engineering structures and geotechnics, attesting to LCPC's capacity to provide a multifaceted, yet not over-dominant, input towards research efforts in these fields, while spending just a quarter of the Research Agency's subsidy allocation.

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ACTIVITY REPORT 2006 | CHAPTER 1 LCPC
The LCPC strategy
A new four-year fnancing contract
aligned with a reinvigorated
national research policy
2006 was a transitional year for LCPC in more ways than one. The Laboratory
successfully brought to a close the four-year contract (2002-2005) tying it to
the French government and has initiated the subsequent 2006-2009 contract.
This progression took place against a backdrop of considerable change in the
national research organisation, as refected by application of the Research
Policy Act and a number of new institutional features designed to stimulate
collaboration among research bodies and between research and the corporate
world. As one of the longstanding driving forces behind such collaborative
initiatives, LCPC is well positioned to beneft from these latest trends.
Through its myriad of research projects, the Laboratory has been able to aug-
ment the contribution of infrastructure in raising the level of road safety and
has focused on incorporating sustainable development mandates into its
project work. Moreover, LCPC has procured new, high-performance research
instruments such as a partial reverberation room and an earthquake simu-
lator, which will serve to make research breakthroughs, respectively in the
study of urban noise and the resistance of structures to seismic jolts.
the government’s research strategy in conjunction Encouraging dialogue with a major objective: intensifying collaboration
between research bodies and universities, as well between research
as between research and the world of industry,
modelled after the public-private partnership.and industry
Clearly stated in the new four-year contract tying
(1)LCPC with the French government over the 2006-
The year 2006 witnessed an evolution in the French 2009 period is the government’s desire to promote
research system as a result of application of the contractual research, and in so doing strengthening
Research Policy Act. Direct consequences of this the position occupied by the Laboratory, which of-
policy move would include the Research Ministry’s fers and often spearheads initiatives. LCPC acts as
reorganisation with the creation of a Research and a key participant to a large majority of ANR-spon-
Innovation Division, the more prominent role played sored projects, in the fields of road infrastructure,
by the National Research Agency (ANR) and the engineering structures and geotechnics, attesting
consolidation of competitive clusters - all created to LCPC’s capacity to provide a multifaceted, yet
the previous year - along with the development of not over-dominant, input towards research efforts
Research / Higher Education clusters. This innova- in these felds, while spending just a quarter of the
tive measure has been designed to help implement Research Agency’s subsidy allocation.0
Accommodating the Quality: Certifcation and accreditation
research priorities adopted LCPC was first granted the «ISO 9001»
certification in October 2002, and a renewal by public authorities
was issued in November 2005 (valid through
October 31, 2008) for its quality management
(2)Through its five major orientations , the four-year system dedicated to the activities of research,
Government-LCPC contract covering the period development, expertise studies and evaluations,
2006-2009 serves as the benchmark to guide certifications and testing for:
LCPC in establishing research priorities. While the - civil engineering materials and structures,
contractual terms are roughly in line with those - geotechnical engineering and natural
of the previous contract, this new period will still - hazards, the environment and transport
be marked by a number of changes that warrant infrastructure operations.
attention. The heightened focus on upgrading road
user safety, as manifested through programmes to LCPC has also been awarded the «COFRAC
improve road infrastructure, comes first to mind, Essais» accreditation as specified in ISO
17025, for the following 7 test programmes:given the priority status assigned by upper political
- P rog. No. 3: testing on hydraulic concrete echelons. Similarly, the incorporation of sustain-
and its components (PCM/Paris),able development requirements into researching
- P rog. No. 5: testing on concrete methods, materials, structures and technology
reinforcements (MACOA/Nantes),solutions for conserving non-renewable resources
- P rog. No. 29-1: metallic materials testing, has led LCPC to develop methods and tools in the
mechanical tests (MACOA/Nantes),aim of re-evaluating material and structure optimi-
- Prog. No. 8: tests on asphalt mixes and their sation criteria.
components (MSC/Nantes),
- Prog. No. 23: testing on rocks and aggregates
(MSC/Nantes),
Generating instruments well - P rog. No. 86: testing on bitumen and
bituminous binders (MSC/Nantes),adapted to the new research - P rog. No. 105: tests on special products
intended for hydraulic concrete construction orientations (PCM/Paris).
In order to fulfl its mission to the utmost, LCPC
N.B.: LCPC is one of the 5 laboratories that founded began in 2006 the operational phase on a new set
the RNE National Testing Network in 1979, which of experimental equipment to successfully complete
then became COFRAC in 1994.
research projects in felds as critical as noise emission
controls in urban settings and earthquake resistance
LCPC received its «COFRAC Industrial Product
of structures. For these two examples, the Laboratory
Certification» in compliance with Standard EN
is now equipped with both a partial reverberation
45011 (accreditation date: May 1, 2006), for the
room to carry out acoustic studies and an earthquake
EC/CE marking of aggregates (as per Directive
simulator to perform realistic modelling of soil beha- 89-106 «Construction Products»), distinguished
viour under seismic loads. n as a notified body in accordance with the «2+»
system (completion of a PPC - plant production
(1) a s represented by the two oversight Ministries (Transportation, Public
control - audit) for aggregate quarries.Works, Tourism and Maritime Affairs and Higher Education and Re-
search).
(2) 1/ Increasing the infrastructure contribution to road safety (accounting
for roughly 20% of the Laboratory’s R&D activity); 2/ Developing mate-
rials and structures that limit the consumption of non-renewable energy
resources, accounting for ~15% of Laboratory activity; 3/ Overseeing
the integration of infrastructure into the environment, with an emphasis
on urban and suburban areas, and preventing natural hazards, for
~20% of activity; 4/ Enhancing existing infrastructure through diagnostic
assessments and maintenance, ~25% of activity; and 5/ Devising new
civil engineering tools and methods, ~20% of activity.
ACCREDITATION NO. 5-0042
(effective through April 30, 2010)ACTIVITY REPORT 2006 | CHAPTER 1 LCPC
Jacqueline Lecourtier
Managing Director of the French National Research Agency
“Opening the lines of communication
between fundamental research and industry”
Biographical notes
Jacqueline lecourtier has been heading France’s National Research agency
(aNR) since January 00. upon completing her doctorate in the Physical
sciences, Ms. lecourtier has held research management posts at the CNRs
Centre followed by a research engineer and project leader position with the IFP
Institute, before being named to the executive team in . Five years later,
she became scientific Director of the organisation and took part in the project
to create aNR.

Jacqueline also holds patents, received the Kodak Pathé landucci and
Bertrand & odile Tissot awards (bestowed by the French academy of sciences
in and 00, respectively) and sits on the executive committee of several
prestigious academic and research institutions: eNs Cachan, eNsC-lille,
les Mines at both st etienne and Paris, and the Ifremer marine institute.
The purpose of the National Research Agency (ANR), sciences, through inciting organisations to include
which has begun its second full year of operation, is in their responses an array of research communities.
to interact with French research organisations through It also proves essential to explore all opportunities
two types of programmes. Strategic programmes for transnational projects in order to adopt broader
encompass the promotion of innovative concepts approaches and embark upon new paths. Put
and the generation of new scientifc knowledge, while otherwise, ANR is geared towards helping ensure that
theme-based programmes – such as the one entitled best practices become more widespread and that the
Civil and urban engineering – are intended to meet best of the class raise the level of all participants.
government priorities in the feld of research. The In this respect, LCPC has been assigned a very
introduction of new programmes at a rate of around special role, given its clustering of a wide range of
30% a year serves to stimulate projects over 3- to skills, all of high scientific calibre. LCPC input also
5-year periods without usurping the basic supporting stands out since its domain of research expertise, i.e.
role played by ad hoc orga

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