Investigation Units

Engineering and Architecture

National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (LanammeUCR, for its acronym in Spanish)

The National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Modes is an academic entity of research assigned to the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Costa Rica.

It was founded in the 1950`s. It is a national laboratory specialized on applied research, teaching and technological transference in the field of protection to the civil and road infrastructure, and vital lines



  • Its main objective is the creation of specialized knowledge and its transference, as well as the services offered to the private business, autonomous institutions, academic institutions, specialized centers and local governments with safe modern technological processes that reinforce competitiveness in the field of Engineering of infrastructure of transportation, seismic, structural, materials and geotechnical

Main functions

  • Sale of services of tests of laboratory of materials and calibrations in magnitude force
  • Support to teaching and final graduation works of the School of Civil Engineering
  • Support to the Municipalities in management of roads infrastructure
  • Collaboration in the development of standards
  • Research
  • Technical Auditing to projects of roads infrastructure
  • Specialized courses of continuous education
  • Inspection of bridges
  • Evaluation of the national roads net



  • Testing of materials of construction: concrete and aggregates, steel, structures, soils, asphalt, asphaltic mixture, field tests in works of road infrastructure, tests of paintings
  • Calibrations of instruments and force equipment