Father, Son and Freedome® Win Hall of Fame Award
We are pleased to be inducted in the 2015 bulk handling category in the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. We thank an international panel of judges for the honor.
Our "Founding Father" Francisco Castaño, Sr. played a vital part in developing free form and long span gridshells, and our CEO Francisco Castano, Jr. expanded the technology. Today, the Freedome® allows "all terrain" free form long span over irregular piles on any continent. Geometrica is proud to provide premier solutions for storage and materials handling for the mining industry and environmental markets. Read all about it here.
Geometrica Achieves FPC Certification for CE Marking
Geometrica is pleased to announce that it has received certification of its Factory Production Control system for CE Marking of its construction products.
Compliance with EN 1090-1, the European standard for Execution of Steel and Aluminum structures, is now mandatory for products sold on the EU construction market, including the manufacturing of metal frame or structural components. This mark symbolizes conformity in the supply chain regarding the applicable harmonized European Standards.
TWI Certification Ltd. of the UK issued Geometrica's "Certificate of Conformity of the Factory Production Control." As a preferred service provider, Geometrica's factory production control (FPC) system meets or surpasses European Norms (EN) and harmonized standards. Certification was obtained under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 — CPR. Geometrica will visibly, legibly and indelibly affix the CE mark to construction products or to labels attached to its products, product packaging and/or the accompanying documents, and provide the relevant Declaration of Performance for structures and components to be installed in Europe.
ISO 3834-2 Welding Quality Certification
Geometrica is proud to announce its compliance certification for ISO 3834-2 “Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials – Part 2: Comprehensive Quality Requirements” by TWI Certification Ltd of Cambridge, UK.
Geometrica's welding management system meets or exceeds the requirements set out by European Welding Federation and the International Institute of Welding. It provides an authoritative third party reference of commercial value for clients, and demonstrates an additional tier of welding excellence as a supplement to Geometrica's ISO 9001:2008 standards.
The company's co-founder and vice president Roel Castaño is a certified welding inspector (CWI) and member of the American Welding Society (AWS). Structural designer Canek Rubio and Production Manager José Luis Urbina are also AWS CWIs. Plant manager Rogelio Contreras is Certified Associate Welding Inspector and specialist in nondestructive examination methods VT, PT and UT. Quality Assurance personnel Mara Faz and Amaro Reza are CAWI certified.
2014 Architezer A+ Awards
"An award that breaks out of the architectural echo chamber."
- Jürgen Mayer H.
It is an unparalleled honor to receive the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award, earned through public voting after a three-week campaign. We received the good news on April 1, 2014. Every architect and designer knows that it takes spectacular products to bring their designs to reality.
This year Architizer introduced Product Awards in 15 innovative categories that addressed the issues that architects care most about.
Free Form Structures for Façades is the A+ Award Popular Choice Winner in the Products and Façades category. Fans and architectural enthusiasts from all over the world weighed in on the Museo Soumaya, an astounding free form work of ingenious engineering. The museum, which has become a cultural icon, is located in Mexico City, Mexico.
The immense, soaring structure has been photographed, filmed and documented as a public treasure, and Geometrica is both proud and pleased that it has impressed the imagination of thousands... right in the heart of Mexico!
2014 Association of Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Geologists of Mexico
Geometrica was pleased to earn recognition from the Association of Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Geologists of Mexico (Chihuahua District). This award is for participation in the Mining International Conference and Expomin, a conference that also celebrated a 20 year anniversary.
The conference included information on responsible mining and sustainability, as well as news on the latest equipment for the mining industry.
Geometrica shared a presentation with friends, members, exhibitors, and keynote conference speakers who presented scientific research and issues related to the global mining.
2013 American Society for Quality - #QualityLasts
We were honored to receive the 2013 digital #QualityLasts Award from the American Society for Quality (ASQ). This recognition was won based on public voting for the "Palacio de los Deportes" roof as an example of a high quality product that endures for eons.
Remarkably, this building has been in service since the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City and is truly a legendary example of quality and longevity.
The Palacio de los Deportes is an integral part of Geometrica's history and portfolio, an original work designed by Dr. Douglas Wright, who now serves on Geometrica's Board of Directors. Geometrica's outstanding engineering team is lead by Francisco Castano, President of Geometrica and whom Dr. Wright has known since he was a young man.
According to Wright, "Geometrica is perhaps the only company that truly understands complex dome behavior and how to build these remarkable structures to realize economic advantages."
2012 Geometrica's Print Advertising Campaign Wins Silver
"It felt like the advertising Olympics," says Geometrica president Francisco Castano of the annual Summit International Creative Awards. Geometrica's print advertising campaign received a Silver Award and was pleased to participate in an international competition that spans the globe for entries and has been in existence for 18 years. According to the Summit's bylaws, 8% can receive a Silver award, and only one Gold is awarded in each category.
Geometrica’s award-winning campaign was developed by Austin, Texas agency, lookthinkmake, and has been running in various industrial, architectural and bulk storage magazines all over the world since January 2012. Geometrica offers free-form and long-span architectural solutions to its clients. Their patented geodesic designs make building imaginative and flexible structures a snap. lookthinkmake developed a clean and streamlined metaphorical campaign that conveys the elegant design of the product in multiple languages.
The campaign highlights the variety of applications for Geometrica’s unique structural system – from glass atria to limestone storage – and emphasizes the beauty, as well as the simplicity of the structures.
2011 Geometrica Achieves BS OHSAS 18001 Certification
The OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) certification system is created by an association of national standard bodies, certification bodies/registrars, and specialist consultancies. OHSAS 18001 is an international standard that provides a framework for managing and controlling healthand safety risks in the workplace, aid in regulatory compliance, and improving safety performance.
OHSAS 18001 is designed to help organizations formulate occupational health and safety policies and objectives. It was first released in 1999 and revised in 2007 and is the world’s most recognized framework for occupational health and safety management systems. It is applicable to any organization, large or small, and within any business sector. OHSAS 18001 is largely aligned with the structure of ISO 14001 and is based on the two concepts of continual improvement and regulatory compliance.
Certification is only awarded to those companies that provide evidence of developing and implementing a culture centered on safety and health awareness and improvement, through procedures, programs and records of their safe activities. Individually and as a company, at Geometrica we explicitly value ethics, safety, quality, learning and continuous improvement. This certification advances all of our values (safety certificate number: OHS 570040 / quality certificate number FM 544228).
2011 Winner — Best Newcomer, Mining World, Kazakhstan
From the 21st to the 23rd of September 2011, Geometrica attended the Mining World Central Asia expo held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
As one of the most important mining expositions in the world, and the largest in Asia, it draws top global suppliers to the mining industry.
It was wonderful meeting and greeting vendors all over the world, and to make the experience even better... Geometrica's trade booth was awarded the Best Newcomer trophy!
2010 Finalist — Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award
The Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award was established to recognize excellence in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) field. This award provides an exciting and unique way for end user organizations to share their ECM project implementations with their peers and for ECM solution providers to showcase the ROI that their solutions can achieve.
Geometrica submitted their entry based upon the use of a wiki to implement a ISO9001 Quality Management System, and further develop it into a full knowledge management system. The company now also uses its wiki for information sharing with clients, suppliers and potential clients. Geometrica’s entry has garnered them a finalist position in the Small Company Category (100 employees or less). Wikis are a new tool for effective collaboration in document creation and editing. Geometrica has found that using a wiki enables the experts in the organization – the wiki users – to read, edit and maintain documents right at points of use.
AIIM is the organization that provides education, research and best practices to help companies find, control, and optimize their information. The winners of the award were picked by the international membership of AIIM and announced at the annual awards ceremony banquet on April 20, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. For more information on the award, see the AIIM press release.
2009 ISO 9001 Certification
After 9 months of developing a wiki-based Quality Management System, Geometrica was visited by BSI personnel and successfully passed the ISO 9001:2008 auditing process.
By implementing the QMS through wiki, the certification was achieved in a minimal time and proved that this ground-breaking approach to quality systems taken by the company was the best option.
A paper entitled Using a wiki to implement a QMS was written to explain the steps for the implementation. It has been published in several journals and websites that understand the enormous contribution of a wiki for such an endeavor. This certification advances all of our values (safety certificate number: OHS 570040 / quality certificate number FM 544228).
2009 Winner: Best designed project in the United Kingdom, Partnerships Bulletin
The Marchwood “Silver Dome” Energy Recovery Facility became a leading example of best environmental practice and design for waste management in the United Kingdom. In fact, it won the 2009 Best Designed Project Award by Partnerships Bulletin (formerly Public:Private Awards), an organization that promotes best practices and recognizes innovation and excellence in public infrastructure projects using private finance. But the real prize is that nearby families are now warmed by newly generated power as an industrial jewel graces Southampton Water.
"The Marchwood Energy Recovery Facility opened in 2007, looking for all the world like an ethereal spacecraft," says Francisco Castaño, president of Geometrica. It is, instead, a complete power plant that supplies electricity to more than 22,000 homes, according to Recycle for Hampshire. The project proves that social value and careful design can elevate even a waste treatment facility into a thing of beauty.
Word of mouth brought Geometrica into the project. Geometrica had previously completed a large dome waste management project in the Middle East, and outside contractors recommended them for the Marchwood project. No other dome manufacturer could match the designer's vision that included a span of 110 meters with sweeping curves, a whimsical silhouette, a skirt, and other aesthetic challenges.
“It's gratifying to forge relationships and earn the trust of architects, engineers, contractors and businesses all over the world” says Castaño. His international firm designs and manufactures some of the world’s largest free span domes, trademarked as Freedomes®, as solutions to seemingly impossible engineering and architectural feats.
2007 Safety Certificate — Bateman / Lafarge
Geometrica was granted a Safety Certificate for contributing in achieving 50,000 man hours accident-free on the Lafarge Limestone Stockpile Domes Project.
The certificate was issued by both Lafarge Cement and Bateman.
Lafarge contributes to the construction of cities around the world through its innovative solutions that provide more durable, more beautiful, and better connected communities.
Bateman Equipment Corporation is a leading manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment and automated process control systems. Situated in Newton, Ontario, Canada, BECorp services industrial needs across Canada and the world with a focus on Industrial, Feed and Grain, Chemical, and Food Process industries with all bulk material handling and processing equipment, as well as supplying process automation to meet the requirements of today's ever changing market.
2002 JEA Receives Powerplant Award
In a noontime ceremony that brought new meaning to the term "power lunch," government leaders, U.S. DOE officials, industry professionals, and the editors of POWER magazine declared the nation's newest clean-coal powerplant fully operational. Bob Schweiger, POWER's consulting editor, was on hand in Jacksonville, Fla., to present the magazine's 2002 Powerplant Award to JEA's Northside generating station.
Geometrica provided the dome structures for the JEA project, which received the prestigious Award for outstanding achievement in the development of a successful repowering strategy for converting two aging, underutilized oil/gas-fired steam plants to solid fuels by utilizing circulating fluidized-bed technology. This effort increased efficiency while reducing both emissions and the cost of electricity (see POWER, September 2002, p. 20).
2001 Houston One Hundred Award
As one of Houston's fastest growing private companies, Geometrica was honored to receive the Houston 100 spotlight for fast-paced development of technology, business and sales.
This prestigious award was sponsored by the University of Houston Small Business Development Center and awarded exclusively to the fastest growing companies in the greater Houston metroplex.
Geometrica and 99 other outstanding businesses were honored at an awards ceremony featuring over 1,500 corporate leaders, news media and private business owners.
Regardless of the diversity of each award-winning business, the unifying factor was the successful marketing initiatives and sales strategies that propelled them into greatness during the year of 2001.
Geometrica was honored to receive this honor and thanks the University of Houston for hosting the annual event.
1998 First Place in Structural Design
In 1998, CEMEX and the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) teamed together to present this prestigious award.
The Cemex Building Award was created for the purpose of honoring the best constructions, and accordingly, all those who make them possible — such as architects, engineers, investors, and construction workers — in addition to encouraging innovation and best practices in construction that create better spaces for social co-existence. Each year, the contest calls for entries of participating projects that were completed the previous year. In Mexico, nine categories and four special awards are offered.
The CMIC is a public, independent body with legal status and jurisdiction throughout Mexico. The CMIC was incorporated on 23 March, 1953 and currently has about 8,000 members. For more visit the chamber website.
Today, the CEMEX Building Award annually recognizes the best of architecture and construction in Mexico and various countries where CEMEX operates. Through this contest, CEMEX encourages continuous innovation in construction, recognizing the talent of all those who make the best buildings possible.
1998 Safety Recognition from Nemak Corp.
Geometrica's commitment to safety was acknowledged by Nemak in 1996.
Geometrica had zero accidents while building Nemak structures. Due to the scope and scale of the projects, Nemak felt this was an admirable achievement and rewarded Geometrica for diligence on worksites.
Geometrica always strives to meet and exceed all health, safety and environmental goals, both in-house and while participating in projects throughout the world. It was an honor to receive this Safety Recognition from Nemak.
1997 National Steel Award
Geometrica was proud to receive the 1997 National Steel Award in the category: Industrial Use of Steel.
The honor was bestowed due to excellence of structural design and construction of multiple manufacturing facilities for Nemak.
Approximately 150 km of galvanized tubing and 30 thousand connectors were used in the construction of each dome. Notably, 224m column-free spans in their major axis make the Nemak structures the longest industrial domes in the world.
1995 NOVA Award Nomination for Custom Designed Lattice Steel Domes
Geometrica was honored to be in the running for a 1995 NOVA Award for the (56'x82') central patio of Plaza Valle Shopping Center in Monterey, Mexico.
Geometrica Inc. manufactures custom designed lattice domes for a wide variety of facilities. Unlike circular geodesic domes, this type of dome is a super-ellipse with a rectangular base ring. Subsequent rings become closer to a pure ellipse.
The dome rises 14' above its support columns. Design allows for a snow load of 12 psf and wind velocity of 80 mph. The structure is comprised of 1200 steel tubes in 800 different configurations, which were erected in 7 days. The entire structure weighs 1.1 psf. Other Geometrica dome projects are in Saltillo, Mexico and Mexico City.
1995 NOVA Award Nomination for Software for Long Span Metal Structures
Euclid Software for Long Span Steel Structures was nominated for a 1995 NOVA Award. Euclid is custom software written for Geometrica to assist its engineers in the design fabrication, and erection of long-span metal structures in America and Mexico. Euclid's capabilities include parametric generation of common structure geometry; transformations to adapt geometry to project architectural requirements; detailing of structural members and connections; generation of fabrication tables; and truss, rigid frame, and hybrid structural analyses of behavior under a variety of loading conditions.
Several program features are implemented as external components, which allows easy extension of the program's capabilities without modifying the core software. As examples, components may be written to generate basic geometry for a series of similar structures, to design members according to the requirements of a new design code, or to view and generate drawings of structures that display information in a particular format.