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Samarco Fundão Dam Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA

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 they discussed the use of FMEA. The newspaper Estado de São Paulo had reportedly access to the transcript, made with…

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Should you listen to your insurer for your business cyber risk management?

Cyber security is a relatively new subject in businesses management. It first emerged in the 80ies with password guessing, featured in movies like Wargame with the rudimentary attack sophistication of those times. But Should you listen to your insurer for your business cyber risk management? The attack sophistication increased gradually. By the end of 2000, elaborate hacking devices (Stuxnet worm) that could only be issued by cooperating military forces were born. To date no state has officially claimed ownership. However anonymous…

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Project risks budget exceedance used as a rejecting argument by activists

Project risks budget exceedance used as a rejecting argument by activists popped on our radar-screen a few days ago. Indeed we recently read an article stating that Environmentalists want the Ontario government (Canada) to abandon plans for a $13-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station. We could not help but to remember a post we wrote about mega projects and the numerous cognitive biases that flaw our human reasoning. Indeed poorly made risk assessments, foster internal and…

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

10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management. Recently CIM-Magazine interviewed Riskope on the subject of Tailings Dams failures. The conversation took place in the aftermath of Mount Polley incident. At the time of the interview the Samarco disaster in Brazil had still yet to come. 10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management. In that paper ten experts freely comment on Mount Polley and other mining projects, with special…

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

In a prior post we discussed large scale water contamination. We related it to a planetary plague, with dear consequences unless we 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.  They may consider them like the first Plague of Egypt. What is the relationship between The Ten Plagues of Egypt and…

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Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship (TMW2015) in Vancouver

Soon we will participate in the conference Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship (TMW2015) in Vancouver. Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship We were puzzled to still see some papers and hearing some talks confusing 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…

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Tailings and mine waste 2015 (TMW2015) is about to start.

Tailings and mine waste 2015 At this conference we will present a paper on Tailings Facility Failures in 2014 and an Update on Failure Statistics. In addition we will give 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 failures. 2014 reportedly had three major tailings facilities failures: Mt Polley in British Columbia (Canada), Duke Energy Eden facility in North Carolina (USA), and Columbano failure…

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Old Mines, Tainted Waters and The Plagues of Egypt.

Old Mines, Tainted Waters and The Plagues of Egypt. I have always been of the opinion that mythology, ancient Greek Gods, the disappearance of Atlantis, the Plagues of Egypt and many more “legends” were actually accounts of real events, reinterpreted, distorted and made more vivid by millennials of oral transmission, re-interpretations and sheer thrill in magnifying horror stories still present in our media. At each new report of massive oil spills, red tides, masses of plastic debris floating in our…

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