About SAFF

SAFF Engenharia was born from the initiative of its founding partners, Hugo Rocha and João Paulo, to make available to the market its several years of experience in projects and consultancy aimed at the Mining, Sanitation, Energy and Infrastructure markets with a particular purpose:

The creation of safe environments for those around us.

We work to reduce uncertainty, helping to mitigate risks and take advantage of opportunities to develop more efficient solutions in the areas of Geotechnics, Water Resources and Dam Safety to engineering project managers, based on transparency and proximity relationships, always seeking to provide safe, intelligent and innovative solutions.

Our Values

We are transforming agents, bringing innovative solutions that guarantee the stability of the structures and, thus, respecting the environment. Our fundamental role is to provide ways for our customers to build a better world.

Yes, we want to be part of your story

Our base is


We are pragmatic and we understand the challenges of delivering projects within increasing

regulatory and budget pressures.

Hugo Rocha

Managing partner

Engenheiro Civil (UFOP) e Mestre em Hidráulica e Saneamento (USP). Tem 20 anos de experiência na elaboração de projetos de Barragens de Água e Rejeitos, em consultorias voltadas a Segurança de Barragens e na elaboração de Estudos Hidrológicos, Hidráulicos e Geotécnicos em geral. Também possui experiência em Gerenciamento de Projetos, Liderança de Equipes Multidisciplinares, Planejamento Estratégico, Desenvolvimento de Novos Negócios, Marketing e Negociação.

João Paulo Santos

Managing partner

Engenheiro de Minas Geotécnico (UFMG) com especialização em Geotecnia (UniCid) e Gerenciamento de Projetos (PUC-MG), Mestre em Civil Engineering & Management (University of Glasgow) e MBA em Finanças (IBMEC). Background em mineração e obras de infraestrutura. Ampla experiência em operação e projetos de barragens de rejeito, pilhas de estéril, trabalhos geotécnicos e geotecnia de mina. Também possui experiência em avaliações de estruturas geotécnicas, “piping” e liquefação, implementação de sistemas de monitoramento e instrumentação e aplicação de metodologias alternativas para avaliação de estruturas críticas

Our job is to create possibilities and subsidize the evolution of the markets where we operate, with our technical competence and credibility in engineering. We must keep in mind that our actions have effects far beyond the individual: we impact an entire community.

We will become a reference in Brazil and Latin America in the provision of consultancy services always supported by principles of ethical and socio-environmental responsibility.

Our strategy is to invest in research, training, development and associations to provide new technologies to assist our partners in a sustainable manner.

The continuous innovation process is part of SAFF´s DNA.

Even though there is still a long way to meet all the requirements of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the pace of decision making and process management.
Our areas of expertise, especially those of Geotechnics and Water Resources, present great disruptive opportunities to increase productivity rates, reduce operating costs and provide more reliable data.