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The five laws of stupidity and risk management

The five laws of stupidity and risk management are deeply interconnected. As a matter of fact, stupidity is often the root cause of many accidents, in any industry or human endeavor. Haven’t we all heard phrases like: “… it was a stupid accident”, “it was a stupid mistake…”? Like usual, we will ensure that the glossary is crystal clear before we discuss the subject. And like usual, you will see that a clear glossary is absolutely vital. The classic definition…

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Review of Credibility Crisis

Today we present the review of Credibility Crisis, Brumadinho and the politics of mining industry reform. The authors of this book are A. Hopkins and D. Kemp, 2021. To be precise, we focus our discussion on the process and choices that finally shaped the GISTM, as the authors report them, rather that on the opinions the authors express. Indeed, as the book makes it clear, not all voices had the same weight during the process and the Panel deliberations. Overall,…

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Recent failure at Pau Branco Mine, MG, Brazil

The recent failure at Pau Branco Mine, MG, Brazil is a classic example of cascading events. At this Vallourec Mineração (VMN) iron ore mine the failure of an uphill structure/slope led to overtopping of a downstream retention structure. As a result a flood reached a highway and the environment. Photograph provided by: Adolfo Tribst Corrêa A bit of Pau Branco innovation history Back in 2015 this mine was touted as a technological success when a new filter press module was installed.…

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What lies ahead?

What lies ahead? Well, first of all we wish all the serene and fruitful 2022 we all deserve despite the uncertainties looming. Of course our thoughts go to those who in 2021 endured hardship both physical, mental and economic. May the future bring to you and your Families some solace. In these troubled times we keep a very high level of alert with respect to the global sanitary and geopolitical situation to steer toward safety. The situation is to say…

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Riskope Interviewed by Endeavor Magazine

 I was delighted to have Riskope Interviewed by Endeavor Magazine. Indeed Alice Instone-Brewer of Littlegate Publishing and I chatted for over an hour. The resulting  interview appears in their Endeavor Magazine, December issue, page 33, https://www.littlegatepublishing.com/2021/11/endeavour-magazine-december-2021/. Riskope Interviewed by Endeavor Magazine: Calculated Risk Alice selected “Calculated Risk” as a title for the interview. Although at first sight the title may seem as a “déjà vu”, I gladly accepted it. Because it clearly states what we do for our clients. Indeed,…

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Convergent quantitative Entreprise Risk Management on Divergent Risks

Convergent quantitative Enterprise Risk Management on Divergent Risks is an extension of our recent discussion on business interruption risk profiles. The example we discuss is present in: our last book Convergent Leadership-Divergent Exposures Climate Change, Resilience, Vulnerabilities, and Ethics an article at CIM 2021 about Concentrate Transportation From Mine to Market is Critical to Mines’ Profitability Setting the scenario for Convergent quantitative Entreprise Risk Management on Divergent Risks Suppose a corporation owning and operating three chemical plants sends their products…

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Business interruption risk profiles

Riskope’s ORE deployments generally include quantitative convergent business interruption risk profiles. These are based on “as usual” and, very importantly, on divergent scenarios. They allow for tactical and strategic corporate planning while facing, for example, climatic uncertainties. It is not rare to see a client smile at our scenarios descriptions. In particular, when they include hazards that may be interpreted as “far fetched”. Indeed, the dominos effects that intervene in those cases, due to the interdependencies within the considered system…

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Pit failure at Codelco Ministro Hayes in Chile

We read about the recent pit failure at Codelco Ministro Hayes in Chile. We have also read that there will be no impact on the mining operations in this particular case but that is not significant in today’s proposed discussion. This failure is particularly interesting for Riskope as we recently performed a ORE2_Slopes quantitative risk assessment on a large open pit mine in Austral Africa. For a change the client mining company and the mine location are confidential. By the way,…

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