100% Online and Free

November 10th and 11th

Timezone: Charlotte, NC, USA | 13:30 – 17:00

Make sure to adapt the schedule to your time zone

November 10th and 11th


The seminar is a joint promotion by HUESKER South America and HUESKER North America, and has the purpose of opening a space for the mining sector professionals to have the opportunity to attend a set of lectures and rounds of debates about relevant topics for infrastructure engineering and operation, in the current mining scenario in the entire American continent.

There will be a total of 10 hours of live technical content transmission and another 10 hours of additional recorded lectures.

With eminently technical content, covering current topics, trends, and technological innovation alternatives that may be of interest to the target audience, Geoforum/Georreforços 2021 is aimed at professionals in the mining sector linked to project and consulting companies, mining companies, academics, and researchers. At the event, practical content about current developments and experiences of several renowned professionals will be presented.

Geoforum/Georreforços 2021 will feature activities in different formats, lectures, and debate sessions, distributed in the program in order to cover the three main languages of the Americas (Portuguese, Spanish, and English), with live activities carried out with simultaneous translation for the three languages.


Four main topics will be addressed, in light of current guidelines in the mining sector:

Tailing Dams

Tailings Management

Sustainability in the Mining sector

Geosynthetics in Mining activities

The seminar will feature the following activities:

Keynote Lectures

Key lectures with renowned researchers and professionals from the mining market in Brazil, the United States and Peru.

Thematic Lectures

Thematic lectures on Tailings Dam Projects in the World, Mining and Sustainability and Liquefaction of Tailings.


Roundtable sessions with big names in the mining and geosynthetics market, debating topics such as dam management, sustainability and innovation.


A series of short lectures featuring well known professionals in the geosynthetics and mining sector. Those lectures can be accessed at any time in the event’s platform.

Timezone: Charlotte, NC, EUA - Make sure to adapt the schedule to your time zone

November 10

Charlotte, NC, EUA
Tailing Dams
Sustainability in the Mining sector
13:30 – 13:45 Opening Session
13:45 – 14:45 Keynote Lecture – Life cicle of tailings disposal structures: points for reflection
Speaker: Fernando Schnaid
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 Discussion Session – Tailing Dams
Moderator: Alberto Sayão
Lecture – Sustainability: What it is, related topics
and an overview of the trends affecting the geosynthetics industry
Speaker: Boyd Ramsey
16:00 – 17:00 Computational geomechanics applied to mine tailings dams: challenges and opportunities
Speaker: Alejo Sfrisso
Discussion Session – Mining and Sustainability:
How to ensure the balance
Moderator: Morné Breytenbach

November 11

Charlotte, NC, EUA
Tailings Management
Geosynthetics in Mining activities
13:30 – 14:30 Keynote Lecture – Application of geosynthetics on mining
Speaker: Denys Parra
14:30 – 15:30 Lecture: Liquefaction of Mining Tailings
Speaker: Regina Moretti (Consultora)
Round Table – Innovation:
new geosynthetic solutions for Mining

Moderator: Geraldo Andrade (Acrux)
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:45 Keynote Lecture – Training the Next Generation of Tailings Engineers
Speaker: Dr. Mike Henderson 
16:45 – 17:00 Closure Session

All live lectures will be offered in portuguese, english and spanish.


In addition to the live lectures, a series of more than 20 pre-recorded short lectures on practical subjects and experiences featuring well known professionals in the geosynthetics and mining sector will be available at any time in the event’s platform. Meet the themes and the speakers bellow:



With its first edition held in 2018, in Germany, GeoForum is the brand of international events of the HUESKER Group.

The technical seminar organized by HUESKER GmbH brings together leading professionals from the fields of geotechnics, environment, paving, hydraulic engineering, and mining from all continents to discuss recent developments and projects in the world of geosynthetics. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity to delve into the fields of application and functions of geosynthetics firsthand and in a very practical way, discovering new applications and concepts in the market.

In addition to specialized lectures, personal and professional exchange is one of the highlights of GeoForum. Strengthening relationships and creating new contacts is one of the main ways to stay on top of big businesses in development and those that are still being planned.

GeorreforçosREAD MORE

Georreforços was conceived from a technical seminar held in 2008 as part of the celebrations of 10 years of HUESKER in Brazil. With the purpose of providing the Brazilian geotechnical community with an opportunity to exchange experiences with Brazilian and international experts, Georreforços – Geosynthetics Workshop was born in 2009. The biannual event brings to each edition a technical program focused on relevant themes, with topics always centered on the state of the art of geosynthetics.

Georreforços, which has established itself as one of the most popular Brazilian workshops on geosynthetics in the sector’s events agenda, has already gathered more than 1,000 participants and brought several renowned speakers from Brazil and abroad. Among the important experts who have given memorable lectures are Prof. Dov Leschchinsky, from the University of Delaware (USA), Prof. Gerhard Bräu, from the Technical University of Munich (Germany), Eng. Suzanne van Eekelen, from the Deltares Institute (Netherlands) and Eng. Dimiter Alexiew, former Technical Director of HUESKER Synthetic (Germany).

Georreforços – Mining 2019, was held in 2019, exclusively focused on solutions, trends and innovations for the mining market.

The event brought together mining professionals to learn about and debate topics of relevance to the current sector and technological trends in mining. The technical program included lectures given by important specialists, consultants, and researchers, as well as spaces for ample debate among the participants.

O Georreforços – Mining 2019 was an initiative of was an initiative of HUESKER, in partnership with BELGO BEKAERT, a leading company and reference in the Brazilian wire manufacturing market.