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Maccaferri 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.

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.

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Benidorm-Dénia Railway Set to Open with Rockfall Protection and Erosion Control

The railway line between Benidorm and Dénia in the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia has been affected by slope instability that caused it to be closed for two years.

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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.

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10

40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna


+39 051 6436000 www.maccaferri.com Maccaferri Transportation Infrastructure

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5 December 2018

The railway line between Benidorm and Dénia in the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia has been affected by slope instability that caused it to be closed for two years.

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8 September 2018

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13 July 2018

The Devon tourist attraction showcasing the history of trams uses a Terramesh embankment wall in adding a new station and amenities, better serving visitors year-round.

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18 June 2018

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.

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23 March 2018

Maccaferri’s ParaLink® and MacRes® systems were used to support one of the longest railway viaducts in the UK.

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22 September 2017

The high-speed train railway connecting Kenitra to Tanger in northern Morocco has a length of 200km. It forms the first link in a significant rail line improvement project under construction to provide the country by 2030 with 1,500km of high-speed railway lines.

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22 August 2017

The New Railway Link through the Alps (AlpTransit), is a Swiss federal project focused on building faster North-South rail links across the Swiss Alps by constructing base tunnels several hundred meters below the level of the current tunnels.

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17 August 2016

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31 May 2016

Two of Maccaferri's rockfall products help mitigate the risks from natural hazards for the Klang Valley mass rapid transit project.

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1 March 2016

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.

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28 October 2014

Officine Maccaferri SpA and the Industrial Development Company (IDC) will establish a partnership in Saudi Arabia, to offer solutions for erosion control, soil stabilisation, retaining structures and natural hazard mitigation within the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, landfills and coastal protection market sectors.

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16 June 2014

Bekaert and Maccaferri will establish a global sales and distribution joint venture to provide total construction reinforcement solutions for underground infrastructure projects, such as road, railway, metro, hydro power stations and utility and mining tunnels.

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26 April 2013

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).

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17 April 2013

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.

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27 November 2011

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.

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20 November 2011

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.

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14 November 2011

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.

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4 November 2011

Engineers constructing the longest domestic passenger railway to be built in the UK for a century, have made extensive use of retaining wall technology from Maccaferri.

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12 August 2008

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12 December 2007

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12 July 2007

Engineers were able to keep the main London to Bristol railway line operational during major repair work thanks to a new rock-fall catch fence and drapery system from geotechnical specialists, Maccaferri. As part of an on-going maintenance plan to assess the structural stability of trac

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4 June 2007

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4 June 2007

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4 June 2007

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4 June 2007

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4 June 2007

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4 June 2007

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11 April 2007

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Regional Offices

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10

40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna


+39 051 6436000 www.maccaferri.com Maccaferri Transportation Infrastructure
Asia - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri (Malaysia) SDN. BHD

Unit 511, Block G, Phileo Damansara

46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.


+60 3 7955 7800 www.maccaferri.com/asia
Latin America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Do Brasil LTDA, Av. Jose Benassi, 2601

CEP 13.201-970 Caixa Postal 520

Distrito Industrial FazGran

Jundiai / SP


+ 55 11 4525 5000 www.maccaferri.com/br
North America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Inc.

1030 Govenor Lane Boulevard

Williamsport, MD, 21795-3116

United States of America

+1 301 223 6910 www.maccaferri.com/us

Maccaferri Envirotech Co Ltd

18 Floor, Dong Yi Time Zone (S)

NO 38 Ren Ming Road (E)

410001 Changsha, Hunan


+86 731 8477 4876 www.maccaferri-china.com

Maccaferri Environmental Solutions PVT. LTD

301A, 3rd Floor, Salcon Aurum

Plot No. 4, Jasola District Centre

New Delhi, 110044


+91 11 4379 8400 www.maccaferri.com/in
Southern Africa

Maccaferri Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd

15 Konigkramer Road, New Germany

KZN, 3620

South Africa

+27 31 7050500 www.maccaferri.com/za
Maccaferri Ltd.

7600, The Quorum

Oxford Business Park North


Garsington Road



United Kingdom

+44 1865 770 555 +44 1865 774 550 www.maccaferri.co.uk

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