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


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: Developing countries | Project management | Irrigation | Terminology and definition | Hydraulic design | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | South America | Argentina | Brazil | Central America

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