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Special Issue: Mount Polley, B.C., Tailings Dam Breach, Aug. 4th 2014

Special Issue: Mount Polley, B.C., Tailings Dam Breach, Aug. 4th 2014 We have read public information about the tailings dam accident Special Issue: Mount Polley, B.C., Tailings Dam Breach, Aug. 4th 2014 Of course, official inquiries will define causes and responsibilities. What we intend to do with this note is to rationally discuss a few concepts linked to this event.  It seems that, like usual, in the aftermath of a catastrophe, numerous voices raise out of emotional and sometimes irrational perceptions.…

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Optimum Risk Estimates, ORE and Aerospace Applications

Optimum Risk Estimates, ORE and Aerospace Applications Smaller satellites are becoming frequent in the so called era of the “nano satellites”. Canada, for example, using an Indian launcher placed simultaneously into orbit, a little more than one year ago, four satellites. Indeed, the drive to miniaturize has been a recurring theme in the space industry for size and weight translate directly into the cost of getting a satellite off the ground (setting into orbit one tonne of equipment costs approximately…

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Franco Oboni interviewed by an Italian journalist

Franco Oboni interviewed by an Italian journalist This blog post is a summary of an interview released by Riskope’s  Franco Oboni in Italy. Q1 Could you please define risk management and explain its scope? Risk Management in Riskope’s day-to-day practice is a scientific, rational approach based on over twenty years of applied research. It allows our clients to optimize their resources, all of them, including the “hidden ones”, and finally “boldly go where – sorry for the Star-Trek hint here–…

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Solutions for local regional national scale rational landslide risk assessment and management

Riskope’s experts have worked since the ’80s in landslides assessment and in particular for Solutions for local regional national scale rational landslide risk assessment and management . Indeed, F. Oboni was the head geotechnical researcher of a Federally funded Swiss Landslide research team that developed internationally recognized pioneering work.   F. Oboni was also a member of a committee of IUGS that literally wrote the first glossary for Landslide Risk Management at the end of the ’90s. This long practice with…

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Risk and Crisis Management lessons, and example, from history

Risk and Crisis Management lessons, and example, from history OK, so in this blog we talk about risk management, risk communication, crisis management and other modern ideas, right? Well let’s talk about these “modern ideas” that actually arose in Rome two thousand years ago. Reportedly the first “Tiber River Management Authority” (Curator alvei Tiberis) was established by Emperor Augustus during a general restructuring of Roman administrations in charge of “highways”, water, fire protection and police. Under this new management concept…

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Riskope’s participation to the 2014 International Symposium on Business and Management

In this blogpost we discuss Riskope’s participation to the 2014 International Symposium on Business and Management. Riskope’s participation to the 2014 International Symposium on Business and Management We decided Riskope’s participation to the 2014 International Symposium on Business and Management in Nagoya last winter. We strongly believe that our proprietary Optimum Risk Estimates (ORE) methodology has to be brought to the attention of an increasing number of industries and decision-makers world-wide. ORE allows to enhance governance and leadership. It transforms…

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100 years after WWI the soil between France and Belgium is still contaminated by remnants of war, UXOs and toxic chemical compounds

France and Belgium is still contaminated by remnants of war, UXOs and toxic chemical compounds There is an area a few kilometers out of Verdun where trees do not grow. Only a few lichens and musks survive there. The few in the know call it “La Place à Gaz” (the Gas Place). Hundred of thousands of UXO were brought there at the end of the conflict from the infamous WWI battle fields to be “neutralized”. As a matter of fact,…

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The paper titled “Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective.” got accepted!

A new paper by Riskope: Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective. Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective Riskope wrote a paper for the IAEG XII Congress – Torino, September 15-19, 2014. The paper abstract is the following: Risk Assessments for “perpetuity” (geo-engineering) projects, i.e projects that should last “forever” and/or receive “perpetual care”, are raising in number and criticality. These project  oftentimes…

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