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Vitor Carvalho (CEO)

Partner/Structural Engineer 

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

Vitor acquired sound structural engineering skills while working in structural design offices and steelwork contractors. Before becoming a partner at VN2R, Vitor was leading the technical department of a renown steelwork contractor in Portugal.


During his 10 years of experience, Vitor had the opportunity to be involved in several types of projects such as industrials steel buildings, concrete and steel-concrete composite buildings, steel and steel-concrete composite bridges (footbridges and road bridges).

Nuno Pinheiro

Partner/Structural Engineer

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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 Institution of Portuguese 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.

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 is a proficient developer of software applications for structural and geotechnical design.

Ricardo Pimentel

Structural Consultant  

Rui Gavina

Partner/Digital Practice Manager 


Rui Gavina is the Digital Practice Manager at VN2R. 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 design office. 

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 in the world. 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.

Rui is a proficient developer of software applications for digital processes within the built environment.

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Ricardo Pimentel

Partner/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 (FCTUC). Currently, Ricardo provides consultancy mainly related with steel and composite structures to VN2R. Ricardo also works as a Manager 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 in 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).