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Join us for our Mini-Course on Rock Slope Stabilization and Protection Systems at COBRAE 2017


Maccaferi will be a Silver Sponsor of the 7th Brazilian Conference on Slope Stability organized by ABMS

The 7th Brazilian Conference on Slope Stability (COBRAE) will be held in Florianopolis, on November 2nd-4th. The Parana-Santa Catarina Chapter of the Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) will propose a rich program of technical sessions, paper presentations, lectures and the 3rd edition of the ‘Slope Challenge’. The mini-course program will kick off on November 1st with Professor Anna Laura Nunes (COPPE/UFRJ) and Andrea Balbuzano Pelizone, engineer at Maccaferri. We will also sponsor the ‘Desafio de Taludes’ student competition organized by the Federal University of Paranà.

The COBRAE 2017 conference aims to discuss the theoretical, practical and legal aspects related to geotechnical works to stabilize natural hillsides and contain slopes.

By creating this forum, the organizers wish to preserve the memory of the biggest natural disaster that hit Santa Catarina (Itajaí coast and valley) in November 2008, when hundreds of landslides, ruptures and mudslides caused more than 100 deaths and severe damage to infrastructure and the community. The geotechnical advances that were triggered in Southern Brazil by this historical event will also be discussed.

In addition to routine technical topics, such as advances and new approaches in the analysis and study of slopes and hillsides, other topics will be covered including standardization, new technology and contract schemes for public works (or concessions), as well as the performance and relationship of our professionals with the emergency services and geotechnical disasters teams.

The COBRAE 2017 mini-course program will take place on the first and last day of the event (November 1st and 4th). The mini-course “Rock Slope Stabilization and Protection Systems” will kick off the event on the first day at 8.30 am and will be led by our engineer Andrea Balbuzano Pelizone and Professor Anna Laura Nunes from the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Engineering Post-Graduate Studies and Research, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

We are also delighted to be sponsor of the 3rd edition of the ‘Desafio de Taludes’ competition, organized by the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), which will debut at COBRAE on November 1st. The competition aims to spread knowledge on the use of geosynthetics among university students, who will be asked to construct a reduced scale model of a reinforced soil structure, using sand and strips of paper as main components. To verify the strength of the model, axial loads will be applied. The slope withstanding the highest load with the smallest deformation, using the least amount of paper, will be awarded first place. We will offer free Conference registration to ABMS-associated students who will participate in the competition, as well as provide construction materials, kits, manuals and prizes for the winning team.

The event will also feature a technology exhibition area, where Maccaferri will have a booth.

Contact us for more information or to arrange a meeting at our booth. We would be delighted to meet you at COBRAE 2017!

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