Vitor Carvalho

Structural Engineer 

Vitor has a Master in Civil Engineering in structures, and a post-graduation course in Steel and Composite Structures, both from University of Coimbra (FCTUC).

Before founding and becoming a partner at VN2R, Vítor started his professional activity as a structural engineer in a structural design offices and steelwork contractors, until being encharged for leading the structural department of a steelwork contractor. In his 10 years of experience, he had the opportunity to be involved in several types of projects as industrials steel buildings, concrete and steel-concrete composite buildings, steel and steel-concrete composite bridges (footbridges and road bridges), and also acquired important knowledge and skills from the conceptual stage to the detailed design stage, including the manufacturing and assembly processes of steel construction.

Nuno Pinheiro

Structural Engineer

Nuno has a Master in Civil Engineering in structures from University of Porto (FEUP), and a post-graduation in Steel and Composite Structures from University of Coimbra (FCTUC).

Nuno is a chartered member of the Portuguese society of Engineers and has over 15 years of experience in structural and geotechnical design of buildings, transport infrastructures and industry projects using a variety of applicable codes. He is currently a partner at VN2R.

His structural design work includes concrete, timber, masonry, steel and composite structures. His studies also include structural strengthening design, detailed dynamic analysis for machine supporting structures and seismic design, indirect foundations and soil retaining structures.

Nuno has also worked in the development of software applications for structural and geotechnical design.

Ricardo Pimentel

Structural Consultant  

Rui Gavina

Digital Practice Manager 

Rui Gavina is the Digital Practice Manager at VN2R, a structural engineering firm. He leads the BIM business development and is responsible for the design and introduction of new and optimized approaches on the use of digital technologies. He is also the Structural BIM advisor of DiRoots, a BIM consultancy and digital technology company. Rui has previously collaborated in one of the first Portuguese structural engineering firms to use Revit and embrace BIM collaborative processes. He was also the BIM implementation leader in a renown structural engineering firm before becoming a partner in VN2R. 

Rui is an active community member in the digital built environment. He is the speaker manager of BILT Europe, one of the most well-recognized and respected events related to BIM and digital technologies. Rui is one of the founders of the group ISEPBIM, a non-profitable BIM community related to the Polytechnic Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP-IPP), focused on the promotion and dissemination of BIM in Portugal and creating a closer engagement between the academic environment and the industry.

Rui received a Bachelor and Master degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP-IPP) and took a post graduate degree on Computer Aided Structural Design.

Ricardo Pimentel

Structural Consultant  

Ricardo Pimentel has an Integrated Master in Civil Engineering (MEng) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Steel and Composite Structures from the University of Coimbra. Currently, Ricardo provides consultancy mainly related with steel and composite structures to VN2R. Ricardo also works also a principal structural engineer at the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), UK.

During his career, Ricardo acquired experience in concept design, analysis, design and detailing of steel, composite, concrete, timber and foundations. He had the opportunity to be involved with national and international projects such as industrial buildings, steel equipment, multi story buildings, sports facilities with long span roofs, pedestrian bridges, road bridges and equipment for offshore operations.

Ricardo is a chartered engineer by the Institution of Portuguese Engineers, ICE - Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng, MICE) and American Society of Civil Engineers (CEng, MASCE).

Duarte Afonso

Structural Engineer 

Duarte has a Master in Civil Engineering in structures from University of Porto (FEUP). His master’s dissertation was about Catenary Pedestrian Bridges, providing him a wide knowledge about the subject.

During his 4 years of experience, Duarte was involved in structural design of buildings, industry structures and telecommunications guyed towers. His main structural design works includes concrete and steel structures and the structures analysis, including all details, of transportation and site assembly.

Furthermore, Duarte had the opportunity to be involved in several studies about metallic guyed towers, using different codes.