Revisiting the Fundão Tailings Dam Failure One Year Later

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On 5 November 2015, a catastrophic tailings dam failure occurred at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The reported  death toll from the event was 17 and 200 homes in the Bento Rodrigues are of Mariana were destroyed. The tailings dam breach caused a flood of 60 million cubic meters of waste to flow across the area and into the Doce River. A little over two weeks later, the polluted water reached the Atl... »

Highlights from Cobramseg 2016

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Cobramseg 2016 is underway in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Geosynthetica.net.br Editor Bruno Pedroni and Geosynthetica Director Elizabeth Peggs are in attendance. This major Latin American geotechnical engineering event combines four conferences: XVIII Brazilian Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering VII Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics VII Brazilian Symposium and V South Am... »

COBRAMSEG 2016 Short Courses

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The Organizing Committee of Cobramseg and the the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics (SBMR) have assembled a strong short course program. These courses will be held on October 19 at the School of Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte. Instructors include internationally recognized experts in their fields. The 10 offerings include topics such as tailings da... »

COBRAMSEG 2016 Will Draw Geotechs to Belo Horizonte in October

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COBRAMSEG 2016 and the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics (SBMR) will be be held in Belo Horizonte 19 – 22 October 2016. This is the most important event in the Brazilian geotechnical community. The gathering provides a unique opportunity to present and discuss new advances and challenges imposed increasingly on the practice of geotechnics. This includes substantial interaction between geos... »

ITA Elects Brazil’s Celestino as New President

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During the World Tunnel Congress in San Franciso, Brazil’s Tarcisio Barreto Celestino was elected President of the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA). Celestino, an engineer, is currently the President of the Brazilian Committee on Tunnels, part of ABMS (Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering). ITA represents and connects 73 countries and ... »

In Memoriam: Benedito de Souza Bueno

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Last month, one of Brazil’s geosynthetics pioneers passed away. Professor Benedito de Souza Bueno, who led the International Geosynthetics Society’s Brazilian Chapter (IGS Brasil) from 2003 to 2007, passed away on 1 August 2015 in São Paulo. Prof. Bueno contributed many papers to the international geotechnical engineering field, beginning in 1979, and was long a promoter of geosynthetic tech... »

Ennio Palmeira Receives Terzaghi Award

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The Brazilian Geotechnical Society (ABMS) has honored Prof. Ennio Palmeira with the Terzaghi Award. Palmeira is Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Brasília. He is a long-time contributor to and leader in the geosynthetics field. Prof. Palmeira has twice served as the President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)... »