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SAME:JANUARY MEETING – Capacity Building & Inland Navigation in the Amazon River Basin
January 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
In January, please join us for lunch and a presentation on the Brazil-USACE Partnership.
USACE signed their first 5-year agreement with the Brazilian Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DNIT) in 2016 to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to inland navigation projects throughout Brazil. To accomplish this, USACE regularly embeds one or more Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) within DNIT’s office in Brasilia, Brazil to assist and collaborate with Brazilian engineers to improve navigation reliability, safety, and efficiency throughout the year. Inland navigation in Brazil is problematic during the dry season (August – October), as shallow water depths require convoys to either light‐load their barges or increase their travel time as they navigate around sand shoals and/or rock outcrops. This presentation will provide an overview of the DNIT‐USACE program, discuss DNIT’s mission to increase navigation reliability (particularly in the Amazon River Basin), walk through a case study of the Madeira River feasibility project, and discuss the cultural and social aspects of working in Brazil.
Date: Wednesday January 22, 2020
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm, Networking and optional taco bar lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Technical presentation
Location: Grumpy’s Bar and Grille (2801 Snelling Avenue, Roseville, MN)