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Rockfall Protection, Retaining Structures, Soil Reinforcement and Erosion Control for Railways

Maccaferri manufactures, designs and supplies gabion retaining walls and Reno mattress erosion control systems for rivers and channels. The company also provides erosion protection solutions, as well as a wide range of geogrids for strengthened earthworks, soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation.

Via J.F. Kennedy 10,
40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna,

Maccaferri manufactures, designs and supplies gabion retaining walls and Reno mattress erosion control systems for rivers and channels. The company also provides erosion protection solutions, as well as a wide range of geogrids for strengthened earthworks, soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation.

Recent additions also include rockfall protection and debris flow mitigation systems, as well as asphalt pavement reinforcement grids, textile and meshes.

Maccaferri offers in-depth technical and design support to provide real-world solutions for projects. The company’s specialist support services help clients reduce project risks, costs and time with value-engineered, safe and effective solutions.

Avalanche, debris flows, and rockfall protection systems for railways

Maccaferri offers numerous solutions to mitigate risks from natural hazards.

The company offer a wide range of rockfall protection mesh types, from lighter hexagonal mesh for simple drapery, to Maccaferri’s high-tensile strength mesh Steelgrid for demanding pinned drapery and surface stabilisation. These meshes are often used with soil nailing.Maccaferri also offers high-energy absorption (HEA) panels, ultra-strong steel cable panels, and ring nets for rock containment on cliff and rock faces.

The company’s rockfall catch fences (rockfall barriers) are used to intercept falling rocks and prevent them from impacting rail users. They are available with energy absorption capacities from 100kJ to 8,500kJ. Maccaferri barriers offer the lowest deflection during impact. They can be installed closer to the track, making installation simpler and more cost-effective.

Debris flow barriers are also available to contain even small landslips and snow slides, which can impact timetables and rail safety.

Soil-nailing is an excellent solution for strengthening unstable slopes and railway embankments, while the company’ MacMat R can be used for surface stabilisation. The steel-reinforced 3D geomat spans between nail-heads and limits erosion, and the integral geomat provides an ideal substrate for vegetation re-establishment.

Maccaferri’s MacRO Studio Rockfall software allows engineers to design solutions for rockfall mitigation and surface stabilisation problems.

Geogrids for reinforced walls and soil slopes

Maccaferri geogrids are planted in soils to reinforce them, allowing them to stand at steeper angles and accommodate greater loads. The company supplies a wide range of geogrid soil reinforcement types and strengths to suit a variety of soil conditions. This maximises the opportunity to re-use site-won material as structural backfill, and create a more sustainable solution.

Maccaferri offers different facing types for vertical walls and soil slopes, and to suit the appearance required.

The company’s Terramesh and Green Terramesh soil reinforcement systems have a gabion fascia and green vegetating fascia respectively. The geogrid is integrated with the fascia, and assembly components are factory fitted, increasing installation speed compared to other systems.

Paragrid, Paralink, Paraweb and MacGrid soil reinforcement geogrids have the best long-term design strength reduction factors on the market, a testament to their quality and ‘tried and tested’ performance.

These geosynthetic reinforcements are used within our MacRES vertical concrete panel walls system, which produces vertical, concrete-faced, reinforced soil structures ideal for urban areas or rail-flyovers.

Designers can use our MacSTARS software to design reinforced soil slopes and walls.

Flexible and durable gabion retaining walls for rail applications

Maccaferri gabion retaining structures have been used for earth retention purposes on a multitude of railway applications.

The gabions are long-lasting, simple-to-install, and have been certified by numerous authorities worldwide, including Brasil, France, Italy, South Africa and the UK. The structures are flexible and can accommodate differential settlement easily without being damaged; ideal for seismic areas or soft ground.

The company’s range of gabion types include Strong Face units and even Cubiroc pre-filled gabions, which are ready to be placed into projects immediately. Cubiroc units are ideal for fast-moving rail projects, such as installing a retaining wall overnight.

Maccaferri gabion walls also have a lower carbon footprint than traditional concrete retaining walls.

Using the company’s GawacWIN design software, engineers can quickly design gabion retaining walls.

Hydraulic works, erosion control and vegetation

Maccaferri offers erosion control solutions tailored to the erosion forces involved and the surface to be protected. The company also supplies Reno mattresses filled with stones for heavy hydraulic flows, MacMat R and MacMat non-degradable high-performance geomats (TRMs) for medium erosion forces, and Biomac, coir and natural fibre biodegradable geomats for light erosion control.

Engineers can quickly design hydraulic erosion protection for water courses using Maccaferri’s MacRA software.

Basal platforms and reinforcement for rail embankments

The company’s Paralink geosynthetic geogrid strengthens basal platforms against forces up to 1350kN/m.

Paralink geogrids absorb, spread, and dissipate applied loads vertically downwards into the ground, or into the piles. Furthermore, by enhancing the soil’s ability to ‘span’ or ‘arch’, a high-strength geosynthetic can increase pile spacing.

Soil stabilisation for track-bed platforms

MacGrid EG geogrids can be used to stabilise soft ground, provide access over difficult areas, or reduce the thickness of aggregate layers in track-bed construction.

The geogrids interlock with granular layers, reinforcing them and improving the efficiency of track-beds.

Rockfall Protection and Snow Barriers

With over 60 years' experience in rockfall protection systems and natural hazard mitigation, Maccaferri offers a wide range of systems to stabilise rock faces, soil slopes and snow masses, reducing risks to people, buildings and infrastructure.

Global Mining Solutions

Founded in 1879, Maccaferri is a leader in innovative and sustainable solutions to overcome environmental, geotechnical and hydraulic erosion problems.

Hydraulic Works

Maccaferri's specialist knowledge and comprehensive product range, we offer clients a graded, logical range of hydraulic erosion protection techniques from soil bioengineering solutions through to robust high-energy capacity structures.

Soil Stabilisation and Pavements

Whether constructing a gravel forestry track over soft soil or resurfacging a multi-lane highway, Maccaferri has the technical knowledge and wide product range to provide solutions for the rigourous demands of today's roads.

Reliable Airport Connection Made Possible by Geosynthetics

Geosynthetics allow the development of mass transit airport connections for earthquake-prone Indonesia. Stabilised soils and embankments provided long-lasting solutions that save time and money for thousands of people every day.

The Behaviour of Stray Currents with Track-Side Steel Mesh Geotechnical Solutions

Gabions, rockfall netting and other steel mesh systems have long been used adjacent to railways and metro systems. In order to provide greater understanding about the performance of these metallic systems adjacent to railway electrical power delivery systems, a recent study was carried out by TNO Delft(1) focusing on the possible interference of Maccaferri wire mesh gabions and Terramesh products as well as rockfall protection systems, with stray currents.

ETA and CE Marking Awarded to Maccaferri Rockfall Barriers

Maccaferri has been awarded European Technical Approval (ETA) for its RB 1500 (ETA n.12/0396) and RMC 050 ICAT/2 (ETA (n.12/0455) ) rockfall barriers, following stringent testing in accordance with the European Test and Approval Guideline 27 (ETAG 27) of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).

Maccaferri is a Gold Sponsor of WTC 2013, Geneva, CH

Maccaferri is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this 2013 ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress and 39th General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 31 to June 7, 2013. Numerous training courses, committee meetings and site-visits are scheduled over this period in addition the technical exhibition runs from 3-5 June 2013.

Fibre-Reinforced Concrete: A Magical Mixture

What is fibre-reinforced concrete and how can rail engineers benefit from its unique properties? Bernard Berge, product specialist engineer, fibre division for Maccaferri, explains.

Maccaferri Rockfall Catch Fences Protect Vulnerable Northern Ireland Infrastructure

Rockfall protection barriers from specialist manufacturer Maccaferri have been installed along a section of the main Londonderry to Coleraine coastal road in Northern Ireland. The installation follows a series of dangerous landslides, one of which lead to the closure of the road and the imposition of speed restrictions on the main Londonderry to Belfast rail line which runs adjacent to the road.

Rock-Fall Catch Fence Protects Pennine Rail Line

A network of high strength rock-fall catch fences from Maccaferri has been installed along the main Huddersfield to Sheffield rail line in Yorkshire. Maccaferri takes a look at the project and assesses the design and construction challenges faced by the installation team.

Prestigious ETAG 27 Compliance for Maccaferri Barrier System

Geotechnical and erosion control specialist Maccaferri is claiming a first for its new CTR range of deformable rock-fall containment barriers. According to Maccaferri, their system is the only one currently available in the UK which carries European ETAG 27 compliance. ETAG 27 (from the

Boscastle Flood Defence Project Uses Maccaferri Erosion Protection Systems

Products from geotechnical and erosion control specialists, Maccaferri are being used to construct new flood defence measures in the Cornish village of Boscastle. Over 7000 sq metres of Maccaferri wire mesh, "Reno Mattress" units and Mac Mat R reinforced geomats are being used to reinfo

Maccaferri Gabions Chosen for Toll Plaza on New Irish M1

GABION WALL SCREENS OPERATIONAL BUILDINGS Gabions from Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, have been specified for one of the toll plazas on Eire's first tolled motorway. Used to construct a free-standing natural stone

Maccaferri Provides Retaining Wall Solution to Create Split Level Car Park

ANCHOR VERTICA PREFERRED FOR SPLIT LEVEL CAR PARK IN HASLINGDEN A segmental block retaining wall from Maccaferri, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, has been used in the construction of a split-level car park on the site of the new Tesco stor

Maccaferri’s Steelgrid Used to Stabilise Railway Cutting

COMPLEX NATURE OF ROCK FACE REQUIRES SPECIALIST SOLUTION Maccaferri, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, has recently supplied 4,000 square metres of its Steelgrid woven geocomposite steel mesh to Network Rail as part of a major program

Maccaferri to Co-Present Technical Seminar with Colbond Geosynthetics

PRESENTATION TO HIGHLIGHT THE USE OF POLYMERIC AND STEEL MESH REINFORCEMENT IN ROAD PAVEMENTS Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, will have a strong presence at Civils 2007 (NEC, 11-13 June). In addition to exhibitin

Maccaferri Gabions Used to Retain Chalk Cuttings

The concept of filling baskets with stones to create 'gabion-like' retaining structures is well established, having been introduced by the Egyptians over 2,000 years ago. Today, Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, erosion protection and soil reinforcement, has refined the basic c

Maccaferri Gabions Create New Water Course

STREAM DIVERTED TO ACCOMMODATE NEW SIDING AT OXENHOPE STATION Gabions supplied by Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, erosion protection and soil reinforcement, have been used to divert the course of the Leaming beck in rural Yorkshire. A short stretch of new

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10

40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna


Asia - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri (Malaysia) SDN. BHD

Unit 511, Block G, Phileo Damansara

46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.


Latin America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Do Brasil LTDA, Av. Jose Benassi, 2601

CEP 13.201-970 Caixa Postal 520

Distrito Industrial FazGran

Jundiai / SP


North America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Inc.

1030 Govenor Lane Boulevard

Williamsport, MD, 21795-3116

United States of America


Maccaferri Envirotech Co Ltd

18 Floor, Dong Yi Time Zone (S)

NO 38 Ren Ming Road (E)

410001 Changsha, Hunan



Maccaferri Environmental Solutions PVT. LTD

301A, 3rd Floor, Salcon Aurum

Plot No. 4, Jasola District Centre

New Delhi, 110044


Southern Africa

Maccaferri Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd

15 Konigkramer Road, New Germany

KZN, 3620

South Africa

Maccaferri Ltd.

7600, The Quorum

Oxford Business Park North


Garsington Road



United Kingdom