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COSO Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance

28-09-2016

COSO Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance, dealing with public exposure, was published in June 2016 within the frame of Enterprise Risk Management. COSO Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance We have read with enormous interest the document which very eloquently explains the benefits of ERM and its interactions with business strategy, operations, etc. Defining Risk and Uncertainty We started balking when we arrived at the section entitled “Defining Risk and Uncertainty”, not because of the general concepts expressed, but…

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Risk assessment comparison on a system including 5 macro-elements

21-09-2016

A client considering a full scale ORE deployment asked us to perform a risk assessment comparison on a system including 5 macro-elements in one of his processes.   A risk assessment comparison on a system including 5 macro-elements The client asked us to compare: a quantitative common practice risk assessment result with a quantitative risk assessment with probabilities expressed as ranges and finally a quantitative risk assessment where interdependencies between macro-elements would be considered. ORE deployment Quantitative probabilities of failure…

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IoT paves way to sustainable mitigation

15-09-2016

Internet of Things, IoT paves way to sustainable mitigation once data transmission becomes wireless and sensors can be fitted to anything or anyone. Based on recent experiences, there are no limits to the spaces and devices that could be instrumented in a mine. The information provided this way offer numerous ways to optimize mining operations and additionally to understand how operational risks evolve. During the implementation and deployment of such an application, it is possible to mix-and-match Internet of things (IoT),…

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Mining Water Stewardship

7-09-2016

Mining water stewardship can avoid the industry running into a global crisis. The Global Risk Report of World Economic Forum (WEF) has indeed identified water as one of the top five risk generating scenarios that could most impact society over the next decade. Mining Water Stewardship The International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) has developed guidance documents on responsible stewardship. Mining water stewardship is not only altruistic: mining operators that do not address water issues may have unacceptable returns…

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Mount Polley dam breach legal consequences.

1-09-2016

Mount Polley dam breach legal consequences will be heard for years to come. Imperial Metals (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), the owner of the breached dam, is reportedly suing the engineering companies Knight Piesold (KP) and Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW, formerly known as AMEC) for negligence and breach of contract over the August 2014 tailings dam failure at Mount Polley (B.C., Canada). The breach spilled 24Mm3 of tailings and water into nearby environment. Mount Polley dam breach legal consequences Reportedly Imperial Metals…

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3 reasons to follow our course at Tailings Mine Waste 16

4-08-2016

I can think of at least 3 reasons to follow our course at Tailings Mine Waste 16 (TMW2016): a)“Bring Your Own” approach: if you “present a case (make it anonymous to respect confidentiality)”, we will discuss it and propose a road-map to solve the Risk Assessment in the most efficient way (subject to time availability, number of requests, suitability) by tapping into more than 20 years of quantitative risk assessment experience on dams, but also on tailings systems ancillary components…

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Does Pokemon Go add new risks?

28-07-2016

Does Pokemon Go add new risks in real life? The new location-based augmented reality mobile game that is taking the world by surprise certainly seems to generate a lot of opinions. We have read and heard many people saying that Pokemon Go adds new risks, but is it really so? And what risks? As usual people are quick to jump the gun and immediately make blanket statements about risk associated concepts, so we have dissected the phenomenon to help the…

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