SRA has signed an MoU with the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) to study the feasibility of infrastructure in warm environments. The MOU has been initiated in line with the objectives of Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi.

The Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering), LNEC, is a public institute of Science and Technology, founded in 1946. The main mission of LNEC is to carry out research and development contributing to the technological upgrading and innovation in the construction sector and to the establishment of best practices in civil engineering and related areas.

LNEC’s soil inspection and chemical analysis expertise extends to the development of infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, ports, beaches, and transport. Key targets expected to be achieved by the

MOU include the extension of project lifespans, and reducing their maintenance requirements.

Remarking on the MOU, Professor Dr. Amr Abdul Hamid, Director General of the Sharjah Research Academy, said: “This MOU will support and guide researchers in a way that serves the best interests of academia. “We are delighted with LNEC’s visit to SRA, and its inspection of many prominent monuments in Sharjah which have won its admiration, particularly in terms of the emirate’s advanced building and construction standards.”

Professor Carlos Pina, president of LNEC, added: “Our MOU will help us gain a better understanding of construction capabilities in extremely hot, populated areas, and how to use and maintain materials in such tough conditions and rough terrain. “We are impressed by the specifications and their application in the emirate of Sharjah, as well as their implementation and the direct follow-up by the competent authorities.”