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Net Present Value Forever? No, thanks, it’s too risky!


We were very pleased when we read on a mainstream media a paper discussing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Net Present Value Method. Although the paper was written for investment purposes, the relation to projects (aren’t they investments?) is quite obvious. As our readers know, Riskope has been proposing and successfully applying the proprietary CDA/ESM methodology in planning, projects’ evaluations world-wide, in a number of industries. CDA/ESM concepts are explained in various Edumine courses by the Oboni & Oboni team and…

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10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management


Recently CIM-Magazine interviewed us regarding Tailings Dams related failure in the aftermath of Mount Polley incident. At the time of the interview the Samarco disaster in Brazil had still yet to come. In that paper ten experts freely comment on Mount Polley and other mining projects, with special focus on the risk on perpetuating the Status Quo. Riskope’s Franco Oboni selected three themes that require special consideration: societal consequences of accidents, (more here) need to evolve from obsolete and misleading…

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The Ten Plagues of Egypt and our world at the transition between the the Electromechanical and the Cyberinformational Era on our planet.


In a prior post we discussed large scale water contamination and related it to a planetary plague, unless we do not decide to “rewrite” the future. We imagined how, unless we take robust decisions, in a distant future archaeologists will likely find books or some records relating events that are occurring under our eyes, namely wide-spread water contamination, which could be considered like the first Plague of Egypt. We decided to play that game and look for hints of the…

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Tailings and Mine waste 2015 (TMW2015) in Vancouver has been a conference focusing on risks and tailings stewardship


We were puzzled to still see some papers and hearing some talks using the term “risk” for consequence of an adverse event or likelihood of an event. The result of those glossary slips is confusion and difficulties in performing practical risk assessments. Like in other industries, most of the participants who use risk assessment are comfortable in using FMEAs. Voices are raising however, and for once not only from Riskope, to go toward better, more transparent methodologies. We were happy…

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Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions Conference in Vancouver, April 2016


Riskope is actively supporting the organization of Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions Conference in Vancouver, April 2016 for which the call for ABSTRACTS is now open. The conference covers risk identification and assessment; development of mitigation measures; risk based decision making methods, current practices for risk mitigation, and case histories at all stages of mine life and activities including open pits, underground workings, tailings facilities, waste rock dumps, heap leach pads, and water supply and treatment systems. The processes of…

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Risk Assessment, Decision-Making, and Engineering Management for Mine GeoWaste Facilities is finally online!


Less than a week to our Tailing and mine waste 2015 (TMW 2015) short course on Tailings Dams Risk Assessment, Decision Making, and Management. We are very pleased that after 2 long years of preparation and compilation, on the day of election Canada, EduMine has just published at this link our EduMine on-line course on a similar the same topic: Risk Assessment, Decision-Making, and Engineering Management for Mine GeoWaste Facilities . EduMine has kindly agreed that all participants at the Sunday…

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Tailings and mine waste (TMW) 2015 is about to start.


At this conference we will present a paper on Tailings Facility Failures in 2014 and an Update on Failure Statistics as well as a short course on Risk Assessment, Decision Making, and Management of Mine Waste Facilities. In the paper we are looking at statistics of tailings dam failure. 2014 reportedly had three major tailings facilities failures: Mt Polley in British Columbia (Canada), the Duke Energy Eden facility in North Carolina (USA), and the Columbano failure in Minas Gerais (Brazil). 2015…

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