Francisco Nunes

Structural Engineer and Developer

Lisboa, Portugal
Portuguese,
English,
Spanish,
Italian
Fields of Expertise

Structural Engineering

Codes & Standards
Eurocodes
Software Knowledge
Sap2000
Ideastatica
Robot SA
Abaqus
AutoCAD
Fagus
CAREER SUMMARY
I’ve studied Structural Engineering for quite some time, first in the MSc and then in the PhD, both in Técnico (IST), Lisbon. There I studied the buckling behaviour and progressive failure of FRP beams and columns using complex physically and geometrically non-linear analyses. The software used to simulate the experimental tests carried out in the university research lab was ABAQUS.

I started my 'mainstream' structural engineering carrer at Tetraplano Engenharia, back in 2013, where I was responsible for the development of numerical models and structural checking of dam support buildings and other hydraulic structures.

Next, I've gathered two other colleagues and we created STIN. Our market was mostly on small buildings and houses, and consultancy projects in the FRP structural field.

Currently, I work part-time as Structural Engineer for GRID International. They were involved in projects like the Allianz Riviera Stadium (Nice, France), the Third Bosphorus Bridge (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Grand Theatre de Rabat (Morocco), the latter of which I had the pleasure to work in.

In recent years, I've been more and more involved into programming for automation and workflow optimisation, having developed multiple small scripts. First with VBA, mainly to automate Excel spreadsheets and Word reports, and lately with Python, which can automate nearly everything on a computer. I've been using several libraries in fields such as automation, standalone application development, data analysis and visualization and data science.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Structural Engineer
2017 - Present
GRID International Consulting Engineers
Lisboa, Portugal
Main projects:
Grand Théâtre de Rabat, Morocco
Duqm Port Offshore Access Trestle, Oman
Rwanda Airport Hangar, Rwanda
High-speed Railway Underpasses, Évora, Portugal
Via Expresso Bridges, Madeira, Portugal
Rotterdam Port Bridge, Netherlands
Founder & Structural Engineer
2013 - 2017
STIN
Lisboa, Portugal
Main projects:
Quinta de Sto. André, Portugal
ROL Construction System Consultancy
ALTA LUMA Trees Consultancy
Casa Solar, Gradil, Portugal
Structural Engineer
2013 - 2013
Tetraplano Engenharia
Lisbon, Portugal
Main projects:
Ribeiradio’s Dam Support Building
Salamonde’s Dam Support Building
Research Assistant
2012 - 2015
Técnico (IST)
Lisboa, Portugal
Main tasks:
GFRP profiles’ fire protection systems
Structural behaviour of eccentrically loaded GFRP columns
Study of the web-crippling phenomenon in GFRP beams
Structural behaviour and fibre architecture optimisation of hybrid FRP pultruded profiles made of glass and carbon fibres

Thesis | Structural behaviour of FRP pultruded beams and columns
EDUCATION
PhD
2016
Técnico (IST)
Lisboa, Portugal
MSc
2012
Técnico (IST)
Lisboa, Portugal
PORTFOLIO | GALLERY
SAMPLES OF WORK
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
Structural Engineering
 
Area of focus
Bridges And Viaducts
Channels
Houses And Villas
Services
Design Review
Detailed Design
Developing Calculation Spreadsheets
Modelling And Analysis
Report Writing
Schematic Design
Skills
Concrete Design
Nonlinear Analysis
Post Tensioning
Prestressed Concrete
Seismic Design
Steel Design
Software
AutoCAD
Autodesk Robot
SAP