Maccaferri Rockfall Protection, Erosion Control and Soil Reinforcement


Maccaferri provides innovative engineered solutions for the mining industry, reducing safety risks from rockfalls, reducing erosion due to run-off, stabilising ground and reducing costs of construction for tip and crusher walls.

Wherever problems exist in the lifecycle of a mine, Maccaferri products and solutions can help. From access and materials handling infrastructure, rockfall hazard mitigation, product concentration and leachate storage, to dewatering and site remediation, these solutions are proven to reduce safety risks, reduce construction costs and maintain operations.

Rockfall hazard mitigation in open cast mines

Slopes within open cast mines can be steep to maximise extraction volume and minimise the space for infrastructure. Loose material detaching from these slopes affects mine safety and operations. Maccaferri offers high-tensile steel cable meshes and drapery mesh to contain rocks and provide surface stabilisation. Steelgrid HR is available in tensile strengths greater than 160kN/m, and HEA cable panels for demanding loads up to 200kN/m.

Maccaferri’s range of flexible rockfall protection barriers are available certified by ETAG up to 5,000kJ (MEL) energy absorption. Attached to the rock slope, above critical infrastructure (haul roads, conveyors, tips and crushers), these barriers progressively deform under impact, absorbing loads. Attenuator and hybrid barriers are also available.

Rockfall protection embankments featuring soil reinforced with geogrids, offer up to 20,000kJ energy absorption capacity and can accommodate multiple impacts without maintenance – a significant advantage for cost-conscious mine operators.

Mine access and materials handling infrastructure

Tip and crusher walls constructed from soil which is reinforced with Maccaferri geogrids, produce cost-effective structures. Wherever possible, Maccaferri tries to reuse site-won structural backfill in combination with Paralink and MacGrid geogrids to create reinforced soil structures, reducing costs and material waste.

With geogrid strengths up to 1,600kN/m, even the heaviest vehicles can be accommodated, and many crusher walls of over 20m have been constructed. Maccaferri’s soil reinforcement structures are available with a variety of face-finishes, including:

  • Green Terramesh, Paragrid or MacGrid geogrid reinforcement for sloped vegetating faces
  • Terramesh soil reinforcement system for gabion faced structures
  • MacRES for vertical faced concrete panel walls

Lagoon lining systems, heap leach pads and product concentration

MacLine impermeable membranes waterproof lagoons and heap leach pads, containing concentrates and avoiding infiltration into the natural ground. Combined with MacDrain drainage geocomposites, leachates can be collected efficiently and reliably.

Containment dykes often feature Maccaferri MacGrid reinforced soil, or gabion retaining structures and major dump zones can be supported on basal reinforced platforms. These platforms are reinforced with Paralink or MacTex W2, at the heart of which is polyester reinforcement providing long-term high strength and low strain to minimise differential settlements.

MacTube geotextile tubes are used for dewatering mine tailings, sludge ponds or slurries. Slurry is pumped into the MacTube, which is designed to retain the solid particles while the filtrate fluids are released through the filter fabric of the tube walls. Once drained, the solid residue is left to dry before being disposed of in a controlled manner.

Erosion control and mine remediation

Reinstatement of the mine is vital. Maccaferri offers MacLine impermeable cappings and drainage systems to prevent surface water entering the deposits. MacDrain drainage geocomposites are available with a wide range of filters and core types to provide flow capacity under a variety of load conditions.

The rapid re-establishment of vegetation and soil erosion protection systems completes the closure operations. Maccaferri’s wide range of man-made MacMat and biodegradable BioMac soil stabilisation solutions facilitate this. These mats provide immediate erosion protection from rainfall impact or run-off and long-term root reinforcement.

Shotcrete and roof support in underground mines

Maccaferri’s Pararib tunnel reinforcement mesh contains loose and falling debris from shafts and excavations. Pararib is lightweight, white and flame retardant, making it ideal for use underground.

Wirand fibres are added to shotcrete to reinforce it and provide stabilisation of shafts, excavations and access tunnels and it can even replace traditional steel reinforcement mesh.

Quality mining products and services

Maccaferri aims to build mutually beneficial relationships with clients through the quality of its service and solutions. With nearly 30 manufacturing facilities around the world and more than 60 operating companies in 100 countries worldwide, Maccaferri’s engineers offer technical support, including analysis, design, solution selection and installation supervision.

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Press Release

Maccaferri to Attend IGS Lecture on High-Strength Geosynthetics

Maccaferri UK and Ireland technical manager Nicola Brusa is to be a guest speaker at an IGNS UK & Western Institute of Mining & Minerals.

White Papers

Mechanically Stabilised Earth Walls in Mpumalanga, South Africa

A coalfield needed to be developed from an existing one-dragline operation to a two-seam operation which will also eventually be upgraded to a four-dragline operation.

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10,

40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna


+39 051 6436000

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Press Release

5 November 2018

Maccaferri UK and Ireland technical manager Nicola Brusa is to be a guest speaker at an IGNS UK & Western Institute of Mining & Minerals.

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19 April 2018

Tasiast open-pit gold mine, Mauritanian desert: the mining company KINROSS needed a retaining tip wall requiring two wing walls of 32.5m. To meet such a design requirement, the mine operator, AUSENCO, turned to Maccaferri for a cost-effective and flexible reinforced MSE wall system.

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27 March 2018

Maccaferri ‘Paramesh’ MSE wall System is a cross product consisting of Terramesh® units with ParaLink® geosynthetic soil reinforcement grids.

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26 February 2018

Flexible MacRes® system enables wall to be built using local Kalahari sand as backfill.

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25 January 2018

The Bozymchak gold mine in Zhalalabadskya is operated by Kazakhmys Gold Kyrgyzstan.

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12 December 2017

Ease of installation and cost-effectiveness among the advantages offered by this solution. The availability of structural backfill material within mines makes geogrid reinforced soil structure very competitive compared to traditional reinforced concrete or sheet pile retaining structures.

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6 November 2017

Rockfall events can affect mine safety and operations. With more than 60 years’ experience in rockfall protection systems, we offer a wide range of Mac.RO™ systems to stabilize rock faces, reducing risks and costs.

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5 October 2017

Due to the company's expansion, the Brazilian mining giant Vale has opened an iron ore distribution centre and pellet plant in Malaysia, in the town of Lumut, Perak.

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20 August 2017

A residual storage impoundment was at risk of overflow.

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13 July 2017

The S11D Eliezer Batista Complex is the largest mining complex in Vale's history and Maccaferri provided rockfall hazard mitigation measures to protect the mine railway infrastructure.

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31 August 2016

To maximise extraction volume and minimise the space for infrastructure, slopes within mines can be steep.

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8 April 2016

Indonesia's second-largest cement producer, PT Indocement, wanted to extend its factory in the South of Jakarta. The new retaining structure would be connected to the existing concrete vertical crusher wall.

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1 March 2016

An elevated increase in the global demand for geosynthetics can be partly attributed to an increase in the scale of mines in the past decade.

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29 January 2016

Located in the state of Goiás in Brazil, around 170km north-west of Brasilia, is the nickel-producing mine and processing plant, Barro Alto.

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17 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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Regional Offices

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10,

40069 Zola Predosa – Bologna


+39 051 6436000
Asia - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri (Malaysia) SDN. BHD

Unit 511, Block G, Phileo Damansara

46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.


+60 3 7955 7800

c/o Geofabrics

44 Christable Way

Landsdale WA 6065


+61 8 6305 0561
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
North America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Inc.

1030 Govenor Lane Boulevard

Williamsport, MD, 21795-3116

United States of America

+1 301 223 6910

Maccaferri Envirotech Co Ltd

18 Floor, Dong Yi Time Zone (S)

NO 38 Ren Ming Road (E)

410001 Changsha, Hunan


+86 731 8477 4876

Maccaferri Environmental Solutions PVT. LTD

301A, 3rd Floor, Salcon Aurum

Plot No. 4, Jasola District Centre

New Delhi, 110044


+91 11 4379 8400

Maccaferri de Peru S.A.C

Carretara Nueva Panamericana Sur

Km.33 Lurin, Lima


+51 1 201 1060

Maccaferri (Philippines), Inc.

30-C Rufino Pacific Tower

6784 Ayala Avenue, Legaspi Village

Makati City 1226


+63 2 813 0211

Maccaferri CIS

Sharikopodshipnikovskaya 13

Building 62, 4th Floor

115 088 Moscow


+ 7 495 937 5884
Southern Africa

Maccaferri Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd

15 Konigkramer Road, New Germany

KZN, 3620

South Africa

+27 31 7050500

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