GOP is an engineering design firm that dedicates to the elaboration of studies and projects in all aspects of engineering, constituted by engineers, project managers and experts. Its aim is to offer a complete service and of high quality to its clients.
With over 40 years of experience, the effort and dedication to the project contribute so that the final result is positive, the representation of dreams and goals of those who idealize the project. This attitude has allowed GOP to participate in projects that mark the history of contemporary architecture and engineering in Portugal and in the rest of the World.
"An engineer that´s invisible, in which the building, the structure and equipment are an uniform body, whose construction involves a great deal of ability, originality, risk and innovation. This has been the mark of GOP´s work in the last 40 years. GOP stands out by the way of conceiving the engineer work and the engineer discipline itself as an integral part of the creativity process of the project and not only a simple calculating exercise intended to sustain the building. With an objective posture to the projects problems, GOP has been positioning With an objective posture to the projects problems, GOP has been positioning itself as a preferred partner, either in project development, either in terms of the team internationalization, that´s the result of several partnerships that have been developed in various parts of the globe. Right now GOP effectively covers South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
In order to complement existing partnerships and implement the internationalization strategy of the company, GOP is now opening an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aiming, on the one hand formalize the presence in a market where is already operating for several years, on the other to support future interventions in other south America countries.
This international experience is extremely important; the contact with different cultures, technologies, knowledge, building techniques and clients is a great challenge for an office as GOP. These experiences are a clear competitive advantage, since they allow finding better ways to serve customers and develop new skills in their employees.
An enriching experience was the Iberê Camargo Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where a Portuguese team coordinated the architectural and engineering projects in a building that marked the introduction of new construction concepts.
It was the first building made of apparent white concrete in Brazil, with a daring structure in which the outer sleeves of closed hollow section, are resistant. It was the first building to use a cooling solution based on ceilings and walls with radiant panels that allow maintain a sense of natural freshness. The lighting system used measures the intensity of the light to compensate for natural light, maintaining a constant brightness throughout the day.
From the beginning that in GOP, the technical excellence of the solutions is one of the objectives of the company. It´s for this reason that over the years it has been developed technical works of research to optimize and solve the problems that are found. Based on these studies several papers were published in specialized journals so that the valued, among them are included the following topics:
Seismic Action – Porch composite structures – Wall.
Reinforced Concrete and pre-stressed; Shrinkage and Creep.
Puncture resistance of reinforced concrete.
Buildings Subjected to Transverse measures, cracking by shear.
Resistance to torsion reinforced concrete.
Concrete reinforced, cracking under tensile bending, cutting and twisting
The concern about the quality of service and organization of all the information is for GOP is a crucial aspect in the development of each project, which is why it was naturally regarded the process f quality certification, which allowed obtaining the ISO9001: 2000 in 2004 and later in 2009 the ISOO9001: 2008.
This certification and all the processes associated with it contribute positively to improving the quality of services, as well as the organization of the information that today is vital to achieve high levels of quality and efficiency in a project.
In this sense it was important to implement the information management system, GOP WEBSITE, which allows in a simple and efficient way to get access to all the information.