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Maccaferri at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017

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The conference will take place in Orlando, Florida on March 12th-15th. The project on the conference website is Maccaferri’s artificial island breakwater at the City of Ft. Pierce Marina, FL

Geotechnical Frontiers is organized every six years combining the annual GeoCongress and bi-annual Geosynthetics conferences. It is the largest geotechnical trade event in North America. This year the conference will take place in Orlando, Florida on March 12th-15th. Maccaferri USA and Maccaferri Canada will jointly exhibit our geosynthetic solutions at booth #701. It is particularly relevant that the project appearing on the conference website is Maccaferri’s artificial island breakwater at the City of Ft. Pierce Marina, FL.

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference and trade show is organized by the Geosynthetic Materials Association of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geotechnical Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL on March 12th-15th. This is the third edition of the popular co-organized event combining the annual GeoCongress and bi-annual Geosynthetics conferences.

This is the largest geotechnical trade event in North America. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 offers a rich schedule of short courses, workshops, training lectures, plenary sessions, technical papers, and panel discussions presented by experts in the field. The tradeshow exhibition will present the latest developments in geotechnical products and services offered by the industry’s top companies and organizations. Furthermore, with an anticipated 2,000 participants, Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 offers plenty of opportunities to network and socialize.

Maccaferri USA and Maccaferri Canada will jointly exhibit our geotechnical and geosynthetic solutions at booth #701.

The project that has been chosen as an official image on Geotechnical Frontiers’s website, is Maccaferri’s artificial island breakwater at the City of Ft. Pierce Marina, FL.

The Ft. Pierce City Marina is located on the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s southeast coast. In 2004, Hurricane Frances totally destroyed the 138 slip floating dock portion of the outer marina and incurred additional damage to the inner marina basin slips, causing approximately $14.9 million in damages to the boats and $13 million in damages to the marina facilities.

The proposed solution was to create a permanent wave barrier configured as a carefully sculpted, but naturally appearing, artificial island breakwater to protect the marina from a 100-year storm event, as mandated by FEMA regulations. The project consisted in constructing a 12 island breakwater and
one peninsular structure storm protection system to harbor the marina and adjacent public waterfront areas, while providing storm protection, habitat creation, and significant environmental enhancements that include mangrove planting, oyster recruitment, shorebird habitat and natural limestone artificial reef areas.

This was made possible thanks to Macafferri’s MacTubes, MacBags and Polymeric Marine Mattresses.

The state of Florida has recognized this project as a pilot study for its environmentally friendly and sustainable elements – potentially setting the bar for future storm damage protection projects as an alternative to typical shoreline hardening solutions.

For further information on this project and our geosynthetic solutions at Geotechnical Frontiers, please, contact us to arrange a meeting at our booth #701.

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