The Office of Public Works
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Since around 1960 the Faroes have developed into a modern society, based on an extensive infrastructure which includes 450 km of state roads and 450 km of municipality roads. In the seventies and eighties between 3 and 5% of the GNP was spent on roads.
Landsverkfrřđingurin (LV), which is the Office of Public Works, plans, builds and maintains the state road network, including 27 km of tunnels and 10 car ferry berths, all relevant inventory and facilities included.
LV maintains the road network and carries out snow clearing, repairs and asphalting. Road maintainance is carried out from seven road stations, spread over the country.
LV disposes of project and planning departments with modern facilites. Digital photogrammetric maps and surveys with electronic theodolite are the basis of the project and planning work, where CAD is used as much as possible. LV participates in public teamwork on a digital map database.
Construction of roads and tunnels has to some extent been carried out in co-operation with consulting companies.
LV has at its disposal a number of building and maintenance departments with machines for road building, tunnelling and asphalting.
Since the road- and tunnel-building activities really began to accelerate, LV has created an assembly of machinery which can cope with any task in connection with road-building in mountainous terrain. The machines are maintained by LV's machinery centre.
Road materials are supplied from LV's quarries and crushing and asphalt plants.
LV assists the municipalities in road projects and town
planning and leases out machines and equipment to privatecontractors.
Airport and the helipads
Airport and the helipads
External consultancies work out the design, and the construction is carried out by external contractors.
The first plan for the harbour building was carried out by a Danish engineer, Palle Bruun, in 1908. The first public harbours were built in 1922-27, among which were two rubble-mound breakwaters. During the thirties to the sixties, the main objective was to provide berthing facilities for the fishing industry.
When the home fleet was increased in the seventies, the harbours were improved by adding sheltering works, most of which are rubble-mound breakwaters.
Pre-studies are handled by LV. LV has equipment and procedures for wave-recording, water-level recording, weather & climate recording, etc. LV has produced depth charts for most of the fjords.
Core drillings provide information about the rock, and drilling into the seabed gives information about the foundation.
LV has extensive co-operation with the Danish Hydraulic Institute, where the physical model tests are carried out.
Harbour constructions in the Faroes show a wide range of construction elements. Rubble-mound breakwaters up to 25 m in depth, designed for wave heights of (Hs) 3-5 m, are used for the sheltering works. Piers and quays are constructed from sheet pilings, gravitational walls, decks on pilings and, in some cases,caissons.
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