GEG’s history is inextricably linked to the professional path of its three partners which currently compose the company’s board of directors. On the 17th of December of 1987 GEG is born as the Gabinete de Estruturas e Geotecnia.
A small office of civil engineering and geotechnics that is born out of a dream and of a relationship based on trust and friendship between its founding partners, António Campos e Matos, a university teacher and civil engineer in the area of structures and geotechnics, and José Vaz Pinto, a structural engineer. In 2000, Paulo Pimenta, an employee since the very first year, joins António Campos e Matos and José Vaz Pinto on the board of directors.
Since 1987 GEG has been gradually growing, conquering its place in the world each year as an international company of engineering project consultancy, focused on its mission and values, as well as in the development of better engineering solutions, at a global scale. The privileged relationship that it maintains with the universities in Portugal allows it to promote, use and develop the region’s current engineering skills.
This is our history that nurtures us and allows us to maintain today the ambition that thrives GEG since its first day of work, in 1987: responding to its clients’ aspirations, minimising problems, costs and obstacles, and maximising resources, skills and capacities.
In the first years, GEG mainly engages in projects related to buildings. It quickly starts to develop road and railway projects, being a party of the big investment that, in what the means of infrastructures are concerned, the country faces in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as a new member of the European Community.
Among the main clients of that era there were prestigious architectural offices like GALP, belonging to the architect José Carlos Loureiro, and renowned architects like Carlos Prata, Márcio Freitas, João Pedro Guimarães and Elói Castro. During this era, there were also projects developed for important clients like the Portuguese Road Authority (Junta Autónoma das Estradas – nowadays called Estradas de Portugal), REFER (The National Railway Network) and Porto’s City Council.
Once classified as impossible, the Metro of Porto marks the first turning point in GEG’s history. It is the company’s proof of maturity: taking part in this light rail metro line assignment confirmed the value of GEG's engineering activity and it implicated a first significant resizing of the design team as well as the growth of its capacity for working in a network.
During this era other projects stand out, like the ones concerning the multiple bridges and viaducts for different highway concessions all over the country, roadway projects that GEG developed through a close collaboration with Mota-Engil Construction Group, and that provided GEG with a sustainable development of his teams either in terms of number as of experience.
At the same time it participates in projects that radically change the face of the country, by putting it in the threshold of modernity of the transportation systems, GEG expanded its service areas.
In addition to the domains considered as “classic” – Buildings, Geology & Geotechnics, Roadways & Railways – GEG added relevant experience in new areas. The acquisition of a high proficiency level in the domains of Water & Environment and Ports & Maritime Works stands out. In the turn of the century, the expansion of GEG’s technical areas of expertise is thus joined by the further development of a culture that assures the supremacy of the environmental and energetic sustainability of the planet.
The beginning of the 21st century also represents the acknowledgement of the technical and organisational excellence cultivated by GEG. It is during this period that the company develops its skills for management of design assignments of particular scale.
With a broad and extensive experience in the different sectors of engineering, no sector was strange to GEG’s scope in a particular moment when, fifteen years after its foundation, the administration and the team mobilise themselves around a new purpose – internationalisation.
The corollary of the first contacts established in 2003 in the Angolan market takes place in 2006, the year when GEG starts developing projects in Angola. GEG’s efficiency in terms of engineering and organisation entails a fast expansion of business opportunities and the company becomes part of several projects in the building sector.
In 2007 and 2008, GEG’s internationalisation comes to terms with a new and decisive boost. At the same time it performs studies and projects in Europe, like Italy and Belgium, it starts its activity in Mozambique, and reaches new markets in Northern Africa, like Morocco, Algeria and, particularly, Libya.
The company partners with accomplishments of fundamental importance in Libya, opens a local representation and maintains a constant local presence, which will become the foundation of a portfolio of very high value for the country.
A highly revealing aspect of the success of GEG’s international plan is the fact that, in 2008, for the first time in the company’s history, the financial performance abroad meant 54% of its total business share.
Between 2010 and 2014, in the midst of a world crisis, GEG maintains its internationalisation process, seeking out a bigger strength of its own in the markets where it operates and expanding its presence to new markets and opportunities.
In 2011 there was a sudden interruption in the activity developed in the Northern Africa. However, this break was overcome by entering markets of outstanding importance to the company nowadays, like the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and the Latin America, particularly Mexico. To these new markets, one should add the steady activity it kept in Africa and Portugal.
In addition to these new markets and the affirmation of the company as an international company, the commitment to new technologies and tools stands out.
The projects we develop, the studies we carry out, go beyond internationalisation and growth in terms of ability and skills. Throughout these 30 years of history, the highlights should be the network of clients and partners that was built and strengthened, the values and teams that are a key part of the company, the pride in the Ingenuity and Art in the works we helped to build.
The insertion of BIM’s new technology has been a true success, although we are aware that it is a path that we are still covering. In addition to our engineering teams, an internal developing team respondes to new challenges in each project. We devote ourselves to the continuous improvement of a project management and coordination system, as a support to the efficiency in the development of engineering solutions that contribute to the increase of the quality of life as well as of the energetic and environmental sustainability of the areas where we act.
Today’s ambition is the same that inspired GEG’s first day of work, on the 17th of December 1987: responding to its clients’ aspirations, minimising problems, costs and obstacles, and maximising resources, skills and capacities.