June 2019 Report from São Paulo

Relation between project phases and risks in recent disasters



By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil



The year 2019 began in Brazil with a series of major disasters in buildings and engineering works. We relate three of these events below.

Brumadinho dam disruption – in January, the tailings dam of the Vale Mining company in Brumadinho / MG with 11.7 million m3 of tailings ruptured, resulting in almost 300 people dead or missing, in addition to being one of the biggest environmental disasters in Brazil.

Photo: Fire Department

Fire at Ninho do Urubú – in February there was a fire in junior players lodging of the C.R. Flamengo soccer team in Rio de Janeiro / RJ, leaving 10 people dead.

Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Collapsing two buildings in Muzema – in April two buildings collapsed in the community of Muzena in Rio de Janeiro / RJ leaving 24 people dead.

Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

These disasters and accidents were not isolated or casual. In the last four years other media-described disasters have also occurred in engineering works and buildings. The most publicized by the media were:


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How to cite this report: Lopes, M. (2019). Relation between project phases and risks in recent disasters: Project Management Report from São Paulo, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue V, June.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/pmwj82-Jun2019-Lopes-brazil-regional-report.pdf



About the Author

Maurício Lopes

São Paulo, Brazil



Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area.

Currently, Mauricio is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways.

Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World in Brazil and can be contacted at mauricio.lopes@M2L.com.br.


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