IFSTTAR : Institut francais des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'amenagement et des reseaux.


www.ifsttar.fr

LCPC originates from the research laboratory of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, established in 1837. In 1949 it became the leading road research institute of the Public Works Ministry of France. It was granted in 1998 the status of Scientific and Technological Public Establishment and works in close co-operation with the regional technical centres of the French Ministry of Equipment. The geotechnical sector of LCPC works in most major fields of geotechnical engineering : soil and rock mechanics and engineering geology applied to the design and maintenance of urban and transport infrastructures, natural risks including earthquakes, landslides, land subsidence, soil pollution problems, geomaterials, earthworks, site investigations, geophysical testing, instrumentation and testing of soils, rocks and structures. It disposes upon a geotechnical centrifuge, large scale and laboratory testing facilities, and the FEM programme CESAR-LCPC. LCPC is the French leading organisation for French and European standardisation activities in the field of geotechnical engineering.

In 2001: employing LCPC 600. Geotechnical Sector 90, annual turnover: LCPC 45MEuro, Geotechnical Sector: 8MEuro.
General Director of LCPC: Hélène Jacquot-Guimbal .
Technical Director for Geotechnical Engineering: Dr. Jean-Pierre Magnan.

The main topics on Geotechnics are :
- Soil erosion
- Slope stability
- foundations under cyclic loading
- Soil improvement technique : soil -mixing and rigid inclusions
- Geotehermal energy
- Drought
- Finite Element Analysis on soil mechanics problems : software CESAR
- Physico-chemical study of soil
- Rock mechanics


In 2011, LCPC and INRETS merge to give birth to IFSTTAR (The French Institute od Science and technology  for Transport Development and Network)


Updated by Frank PH Engering, 16/04/2015