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Huesker employees, partners receive Brazilian geotechnical awards

December 13th, 2012 / By: / Industry News

Second Milton Vargas Award cites winning technical paper and magazine article

Employees and partners of the Huesker Group were the recipients of the Milton Vargas Award in Brazil earlier this year, according to a Dec. 12 press release from the company.

The award ceremonies took place in São Paulo, attended by hundreds of professional engineers representing the Brazilian geotechnical consultants and companies including the honorees, their friends, and families.

The press release noted that after the results were announced, Huesker officials congratulated technical director Dimiter Alexiew (Huesker Germany), represented by German export manager, Peter Terhechte; engineering manager Cristina Schmidt (Huesker Brazil); and the business manager from ThyssenKrupp Brazil, Jan Selders.

Together they won the award in the Foundations category for the technical paper, “Foundation of a stockyard with geotextile encased columns and horizontal reinforcements on soft soil areas.”

In the Geosynthetics category, the winning article was “Geogrid reinforced slope with green facing.” This article was written by Huesker partners Paulo Brugger, an engineer at Brugger Engineering, and Fernando Andrade, an engineer from Agrogeo Engineering. A third co-author of the article was Schmidt from Huesker Brazil.

The press release said that the aim of the Milton Vargas Award is to recognize the best technical papers and articles published in Foundations and Geotechnical Works magazine. The awards honor an engineer and professor, and a pioneer of soil mechanics in Brazil, Milton Vargas, who died in May 2011.

The Huesker Group is an international manufacturer of geosynthetic materials, and agricultural and technical textiles. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Gescher (Westphalia), Germany, and it has international subsidiaries in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France, USA, and Brazil.

Source: The Huesker Group

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