Technology Transfer for Projects in South America

by Joseph B. Summers, Summers Engineering, Inc, Hanford, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions

Abstract: Engineering services were provided for three projects in South America. One project was located in the Pampa Region of Argentina and two others in northern Brazil. The projects were: 1) soil fertility and management in the Pampa Region in the province of Buenos Aires near the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina; 2) discussions and development of design criteria for the Jaguaribe-Apodi Project southeasterly of Fortaleza in the province of Ceara, Brazil; 3) review of a proposed irrigation project near the Itaparica Reservoir in the province of Pernambuco, westerly of Recife, Brazil. It is vital that on-site review be undertaken by the designers since this will call attention to local problems that could be overlooked by doing the planning and design in a remote office. The writer's conclusion is that in order to have effective technology transfer, it is important to have interpreters available that understand technical terminology.

Subject Headings: Project management | Developing countries | Irrigation | Hydraulic design | Professional services | Reservoirs | Urban areas | Mars | South America | Brazil | Argentina | Buenos Aires

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