bulk storage

Freeform Piles

 
 
 

Existing bulk material stockyards are often of unruly. Tame them with a Freedome®.

Coemin Freedome®. An irregularly shaped design was required for a mining operation near Copiapó in northern Chile, which covered the copper stockpile, equipment and buildings.

Coemin Freedome®. An irregularly shaped design was required for a mining operation near Copiapó in northern Chile, which covered the copper stockpile, equipment and buildings.

A pile of raw material is usually formed in the proximity of the area where it is needed. These piles are not always conveniently shaped, especially when located on rough slopes close to the quarry. Some are continuously recreated with moveable conveyor or truck drops and reshaped with earthmovers. They may be encroached by equipment and buildings. Many became operational before a cover was ever deemed necessary. 

Geometrica developed and trademarked the Freedome®, a freestyle geodesic dome that can enclose stockpiles of any size and shape on any terrain without internal columns. And this can be done even while the stockyard is in operation. Freedome® removes the constraints of traditional domes, and helps you and your property achieve its emissions goals.

 
Aerial view of the Coemin Freedome® in Chile.

Aerial view of the Coemin Freedome® in Chile.

 
 

Geometrica free-form domes achieve the world’s longest spans.

 
 
Bocamina has two Geometrica freeform structures in Chile spanning over 200m.

Bocamina has two Geometrica freeform structures in Chile spanning over 200m.

 

The Freedomes at Enel’s Bocamina II power plant in Chile may be the world’s largest domes of irregular plan. They cover more than 45,000 m2, following the original border of the uncovered fuel yards. Below is a lighthearted video (duration 01:44) about how we delivered the first of these domes, from concept to completion.

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