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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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Anthropocene ethical and geoethical issues

21-07-2016

Engineering anthropogenic global change is loaded with implicit Anthropocene ethical and geoethical issues to an unprecedented level because of: demographic pressure and the raise of public opinion, thanks to the emergence of the blogosphere. Part of perceived complexity stems out of bad analytical habits Because of: non-linear dynamics and perceived or real complex feedbacks and apparent chaotic dynamics many claim our anthropocenic systems are difficult to forecast and non-intended and counter-intuitive system behavior is likely. In our experience, however, it…

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Anthropocene Geohazards Multi-dimensional Consequences Analysis

14-07-2016

Anthropocene Geohazards Multi-dimensional Consequences Analysis are paramount for meaningful risk management models. In too many cases risk studies take into account losses in a limited way, either by ill-will or by misunderstanding of the real implications of an accident or event. Anthropocene Geohazards Multi-dimensional Consequences Analysis The need for a unified, emergency/accident scale is vital to facilitate clear communication and mutual understanding of the nature of the emergency, by the public, government agencies, and responding organizations. It has been stated…

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geohazards probabilities frequencies and insurance denial

7-07-2016

Geohazards probabilities frequencies and insurance denial In the anthropocene insurers are facing “new” challenges when insuring against Geohazards, especially those caused by Human activity. Indeed geohazards probabilities, frequencies and insurance denial are all bundled up. Insurer have realized that, because of the dynamic evolution, the usual actuarial point of viewfaces significant challenges and can be misleading. The indiscriminate use of Force Majeure and Insurance denial to protect themselves is actually detrimental to their business and their clients. What an Epiphany!…

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Samarco Fundão Dam Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA

29-06-2016

Brazilian newspaper had access to police transcripts Samarco Fundão Dam Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA became the center of a recent article in the Brazilian media which described an exchange of messages by Samarco’s internal communication system, reportedly between the company president at the time of the breakup of the Fundão Dam, Ricardo Vescovi, and various directors. In the exchange the use of FMEA was discussed. The newspaper Estado de São Paulo had reportedly access to the transcript, made with…

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Business Intelligence platform helping Tailings Stewardship

23-06-2016

Business Intelligence platform helping Tailings Stewardship Tailings systems (for a single operations or for the entire portfolio of a mining company, within the frame of a Tailings Stewardship Program) are complex systems where a Business Intelligence platform can be used to integrate all data related to climatology, water balance, contaminants, phreatic levels, topographical movements, construction, etc. Indeed a Business Intelligence platform helping Tailings Stewardship to decision making in regards to monitoring and implementation of mitigation constitutes an invaluable help to remain…

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