More than 50 professionals attended the event in Porto Alegre, and witnessed the presentation of the new addition of the new additions to the Mac.RO systems range.
With over 60 years’ experience in rockfall protection systems and natural hazard mitigation, Maccaferri offers a wide and efficient range of systems to stabilize rock faces, soil slopes and snow masses, reducing risks to people, buildings and infrastructure. The range includes high strength meshes, debris flow fences, rockfall embankments and the world’s highest capacity rockfall catch fence at 8,500kJ.
The city of Porto Alegre (RS) hosted the traveling course “Rock Slope Stabilisation and Protection Systems”, on the 5th April, 2016. Sponsored by the Brazilian Committee for Rock Mechanics, (CBMR) of the Brazilian Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Association (ABMS), in partnership with Maccaferri, the course brought together more than 50 professionals.
Prof Dr. Anna Laura Nunes of the COPPE UFRJ, and the Maccaferri rockfall protection engineer in Brazil, Matheus Garcia, were the instructors for the event. They dealt with rock slope stabilisation, from the characterization of instability to the design of different containment structures. In light of the subject matter they also discusses the newly launched Mac.Ro systems.
The course schedule also included a lecture on the relationship between the geology of the Southern region and the stability of the slopes. The engineer Eduardo Azambuja, director of Azambuja Engineering, taught the course. He shared his experiences in more than 1000 slope stabilization structure projects, road work projects, and paving works, individual foundations and buried works, and industrial installations and housing facilities.
The event has already taken place in other cities such as Belo Horizonte and Salvador. The objective of the joint initiative between the ABMS and Maccaferri is to disseminate issues relating to rock mechanics. The initiative tries to approach the subject matter from a more practical and less academical approach, approaching the history and young professions at the CBMR.
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