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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

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Change to survive

Opinion Article | Jornal Construir

In the mid-19th century, Charles Darwin taught in his book "The Origin of Species", that the species that survive are not the strongest, but those that best adapt to change. It still took us a few decades to realise that these principles of Darwinism applied to practically everything in life. Today, I emphasise Darwin's Theory to highlight this principle in business strategies, with a particular focus on the engineering and construction sector.

In one of the last reports on the construction sector, McKinsey & Company elucidated how fundamental this sector is to any economy, regardless of nationality, being in fact the largest industry in the world, representing 13% of World GDP.

Given the above importance, as well as the need to adapt in order to survive, it is difficult to explain the sector's brutal backwardness compared to other industries.

But the challenges for the sector in Portugal are of various kinds:


1.       Innovation.

Catching up with the sector is a capital issue. It is believed that COVID-19, as well as the other epidemics that may arise and that we will call the new normal, will accelerate innovation in the construction industry. We will build in a quite different way than we do today.

New materials will emerge, and we will develop existing ones, new construction systems will emerge, such as the case of massive prefabrication and 3D printing, modular construction, automation and robotisation of construction processes.

We will invest more time designing than building. To this end, it is necessary to continue developing new utilities in Building Information Modeling (BIM) work methodologies, virtual reality, as well as real-time 3D surveying.

We will explore to the maximum sensing, nanotechnology, micro and nanoelectronics, aiming at efficiency in the way structures are designed, built and exploited, always with an environmental concern at all stages of the process.

And as far as the circular economy is concerned, we need to develop products and by-products resulting from deconstruction. The way they are idealised must be with the aim that one day they will be deconstructed and reused in second or third life.

We need to anticipate the customer needs of the future, with IoT and artificial intelligence we will provide buildings with greater functionality and efficiency whose use is accessible to all.


2.       Justice

If we had only one wish, we would ask for justice. Justice so that the debtor pays quickly and does not resort to legal expedients and the inertia of the courts to delay payment. Justice so that companies receive what they have produced.

Obviously not everything comes down to these two topics, but if resolved, it would make life easier for a sector whose company turnover speaks for itself. If we look at the top 10 largest Portuguese construction companies 15 years ago and today, we can understand the turnover (because most of these companies no longer exist). And the crisis does not justify everything, but rather what they have not received from validated invoices, work done and not accepted as work to be paid for (lengthy processes in court) and the work that they have not received because of the public contracting code dictates so. In the latter case, it allows the public entity to pass on its responsibilities to third parties, which the judicial system should not allow, by not remunerating the contractor and designer for work actually done.

Greater corporatism is needed to avoid this type of (i)legal abuse, under a strategic sector for the Country.


3.       Human Resources

The installed capacity is lower than demand, resulting from the emigration of the years of crisis in the sector, combined with an ageing population.

At the end of 2021, the IEFP counted around 2,500 unfilled vacancies in construction. It was the sector with the most open opportunities.

Four months later, we are living through the perfect storm (shortage and continuous exponential rise in the price of resources in general, inflation, inversion of the trend of the Euribor rates - which are now beginning to rise, instability resulting from new "covid's" and, finally, war in Europe) which makes it difficult for us to predict the market in the medium term. There was also a growth in national GDP in the first quarter of the year, above the best expectations, which, together with the still continuous private investment (more retracted it is true, justified by the rising trends of the Euribor rates as well as by the increase in the price of resources) and public investment (encouraged by the PTRE), results in the continuous demand for labour.

To solve this situation and add value to the national productive chain, avoiding the entry of more foreign companies, the Government should foresee special measures that enable a greater speed, of course with the required criteria of rigour, in the immigration process. 

At the same time, the sector needs to be "sexy" to attract young people, involving less physical effort, be less dependent on weather conditions, be more conceptualised with the help of the described in the innovation chapter, which will also solve the problem of national productivity (below EU and OECD average).

I thus name these three strategic challenges for the sector. There are certainly other fundamental issues, such as the sector's dependence on external markets, training, the sharing economy, among many others, but by fulfilling the above three aims, we will clearly move to another stage.


Eurico Soares, general director of dst (Domingos da silva teixeira)