M&T Expo 2018 to Host 2nd Geosynthetics Pavilion

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Geosynthetica Brasil will host its second Geosynthetics Pavilion at a major conference and exhibition. This time, the venue will be M&T Expo 2018 – International Trade Fair for Construction and Mining Equipment. Interested companies are invited to be part of the publication’s innovative space. Geosynthetica welcomes your personnel, products, technical innovations, and everything else tha... »

Geotextile-Encased Stone Columns for Railway Passage MSE Walls

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Cobramseg is a biennial geotechnical engineering event in Brazil that combines multiple national and international engineering conferences. It’s one of South America’s most important engineering gatherings. At the 2016 edition, Ana Carolina Portela Costa, Ary Franck Baia Cordeiro, Leonardo Campos Dias, and Julián Buriticá García of Dinamiza Consultoria e Engenharia Ltda and Renato Pinto da Cunha o... »

Looking Back on the Geosynthetics Pavilion and Summit in Brazil

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The mid-June BW Expo 2017 brought thousands of civil and environmental engineering professionals to São Paulo, where they encountered a first: a Geosynthetics Pavilion. Geosynthetica’s Brazil-market publication organized the pavilion to introduce the materials and some key companies to the gathering. The BW Expo focused on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. It was co-located with the... »

IGS Brasil to Celebrate 20 Years of Activity with Special Program

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One of the world’s most active chapters of the International Geosynthetics Society was created 20 years ago. This year, when IGS Brasil members gather for the chapter’s annual meeting, a special program, open to all, will be added to recognize the anniversary milestone. The June 22 program for this 7th IGS Brasil Geosynthetics Conference and Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Prof. Enni... »

INTERVIEW: Dr. Julio Ferreira on Geosynthetics in the Americas

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Geosynthetica Latin America’s editor Natalia Rodado caught up with Dr. Julio Ferreira (TRI Ambiental, Brazil) during GeosPeru 2017. In the interview that followed, they discussed the growth of geosynthetics in South America, some of the things that connect and differentiate the practice in North and South America, and the field’s future. Natalia’s article follows, with translation and additional d... »

Geosynthetica Organizing Geosynthetics Pavilion for BW Expo

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – When BW Expo 2017 takes place in São Paulo 7 – 9 June 2017, it will do so with a first for the 3000+ attendee show: a geosynthetics pavilion. The Brazil-market publication Geosynthetica.net.br is organizing the pavilion, with space for six geosynthetics companies. The show focuses on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. “It is a unique opportun... »

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... »

BW Expo 2017 Offers Big Opportunities for Geosynthetics

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – The BW Expo is Brazil’s most important gathering for service and technology presentations regarding the sustainable management of wastes, water, wastewater, energy, and air. With an international exhibit hall and conference program, the biennial show brings together key companies and thinkers for networking and technology transfer. BW Expo 2017 will be hel... »

GeoAcademy Provides Geosynthetics E-Learning Platform for Brazil

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – During one of the largest geotechnical engineering conferences in South America—Cobramseg 2016—Geo Soluções announced a geosynthetics e-learning platform. The digital resource, which is a joint venture with globally operating Strata Systems, provides a broad range of technical content from geosynthetics applications. GeoAcademy (http://geoacademy.com.br) is a fr... »

Brazil’s First Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structure

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By Bruno Pedroni – When the Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Technological Institute of Aeronautics geosynthetics group (GGGAITA) celebrated its 30th anniversary, one of the highlights was Bidim’s presentation on a 30-year-old geosynthetic-reinforced soil wall. The 1986 project was built along the SP-123 roadway, which connects the cities of Taubaté and Campos do Jordao in the Vale do Paraíba (SP). Bidim’s... »

ITA Geosynthetics Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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By Bruno Pedroni – The Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) is one of the most prestigious engineering institute’s in Brazil. The Institute’s geosynthetics group (GGGAITA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It marked the occasion during the 9th ITA geosynthetics group meeting with special sessions on September 16. The gathering was hosted by ITA’s Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sã... »

A Chemically Resistant Geomembrane on a GCCM

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When EuroGeo 2016 opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia this month, Concrete Canvas® will showcase its new barrier material: CC Hydro™. The product features a chemically resistant geomembrane backing. EuroGeo 2016 is the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. Concrete Canvas® is a Silver Sponsor of the September 25 – 28 event. Nick Kastoumis will present a paper on this new class of containment material... »

Gourc and Vidal on Geosynthetics in Landfill Applications

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Brazilian Chapter (IGS Brazil) will hold a special course on “Geosynthetics in Landfill Applications” on September 14. The education will be led by Profs. Jean-Pierre Gourc ( professor emeritus at the Université Joseph Fourier – France) and Delma Vidal (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA). The landfill applications event will ... »

IGS Educate the Educators Brings Geosynthetics to Brazilian Universities

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By Bruno Pedroni – During the last days of July, when many in Brazil are typically on vacation, more than 50 people gathered for the IGS Educate the Educators geosynthetics program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte (MG). The program, which was the first of its kind in the country, was held July 27 – 29. Educate the Educators is a program developed by the Internatio... »

Concrete Composite Mat Excels in Railway Project

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In October 2015, a Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to line a series of ditches along a railway in Liberdade, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site was characterized by severe access issues. Several of the ditches were cut into steep slopes on either side of the railway. Poured concrete was considered for the installation; however, this would have required lengthy line closures and... »

Geosynthetic-Concrete Composite Barrier for Brazilian Mine

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In October 2015, a Concrete Canvas® GCCM  (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat) composite barrier was used to line a newly constructed drainage lagoon at Votorantim Metais Zinco mine in Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site needed to transport alkaline mine water through a series of drainage ditches—also to be lined—to the lagoon where the water would be treated. (EDITOR’S NOTE: See sl... »

Brazilian Geoengineering Solutions on Display in Florida

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) convenes in Miami, Florida April 10 – 13 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This is the first time the event will be held in the United States. Brazilian geoengineering solutions are strongly represented at the event. Brazil-based geosynthetics manufacturers and consulting engineers will be a significant part of the proceedings, incl... »

New Mining Risks at Mount Polley and Samarco

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The mining disasters at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia, Canada and at the Samarco Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil were both dramatic examples of containment failures. Each caused significant environmental damage. The tailings dam failure in Brazil caused multiple fatalities. Mount Polley’s failure occured in August 2014; Samarco’s in November 2015. While Mount Polley’s op... »

Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Dam in Brazil

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A catastrophic tailings dam failure at an iron-ore mine in Brazil has led to multiple fatalities and injuries, according to multiple news outlets. Some agencies have reported as high as 17 deaths, though most outlets have generally revised downward now and indicated that many more may be affected. Access to Bento Rodrigues, a village adjacent to the Samarco mine operation, which is owned by BHP Bi... »

Brazil Geosynthetics Market Newsletter Emerges

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Late last year, Geosynthetica began a long-term publication project in partnership with the the Brazil geosynthetics community. Geosynthetica.net.br was created to deliver Brazil-market focused information on geosynthetics, applications, companies in the field, and opportunities in engineering and events. Guided by editor Bruno Pedroni in Sao Paulo and supported by in-country technical engineering... »

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)... »

Strata Wins Milton Vargas Award for Innovative Use of Geosynthetics

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Cumming, Georgia – Strata Systems, Inc.’s sister company Geo Soluções Ltd., recently won a Milton Vargas Award for the article, “StrataSlope,” which was published in the November 2013 issue of Brazilian publication “Foundations & Geotechnical Works.” The award distinguishes works, projects and professionals who stand out throughout the year in the segment of geote... »

New Website Covers Geosynthetics in and from Brazil

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Fifteen years ago, Geosynthetica launched and became the first online publication dedicated to geosynthetics. Today, the English-language site has more than 800,000 annual users around the world. To better serve one of the fastest growing segments of readers and one of the most dynamic geosynthetics markets, a new Portuguese-language site, dedicated to the Brazilian market, has emerged: Geosynthet... »

GTI Opens South American Office

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As part of GTI’s global expansion, Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI) is pleased to welcome Raul Reiff Janini as its newest project engineer. Raul will be based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he will be responsible for managing sales development and project execution within the South America region. A graduate of UNESP (Sao Paulo State University), Raul received his degree in mechanical engineer... »

Leitura Recomendada: Relatório de Durabilidade de Geossintéticos da CUR

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Por Richard Bathurst – Gostaria de recomendar aos leitores do Geosynthetica a seguinte publicação disponível gratuitamente: CUR 243 – Durabilidade de Geossintéticos. Este documento redigido em inglês foi recomendado pela organização com sede nos Países Baixos CUR Bouw & Infra. Este foi escrito por J.H. Greenwood, HF Schroeder e W. Voskamp e revisado ​​por um comitê internacional. O Comit... »