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Event: Balangero Asbestos Mine Dumps Geo-Environmental Restoration
Date/Time: 08/03/2021 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton, 116 St & 85 Ave,, Edmonton, AB

Risk management practice for geotechnical engineers, Balangero Asbestos Mine Dumps Geo-Environmental Restoration.

Guest lecture at University of Alberta Geotechnical Center: online.

A complex problem encompassing

  • slope stability,
  • erosion, and finally
  • dust control,

as a matter of fact one of the top environmental restoration hazardous spots in Italy at the time.

Formulation of the success criteria involved finding a compromise among various parameters under significant uncertainties. As a matter of fact geotechnical data were scarce and in some cases impossible to obtain due to hazardous conditions (stability and health and safety).

Quantitative risk analysis guided all the design team choices, thus leading to a sustainable, balanced design that has since survived a number of extreme events such as Medicanes (Mediterranean hurricanes, thanks to climate change). The presence of:

  • population at close proximity,
  • public pressure via media outlets, and finally
  • a set of stringent environmental constraints

guided the team to select innovative solutions. As a result, classic haulage trucks were replaced by a rope transportation device. In addition to reducing dusting problems the rope transportation significantly reduced the project’s carbon footprint.

Balangero Asbestos Mine Dumps Geo-Environmental Restoration

Guest lecturer – Dr. Franco Oboni, Riskope
Time: Mar 8, 2021 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Balangero (Italy) Asbestos Mine Dumps Geo-Environmental Restoration

The project was the result of an international design competition and was a world-first. Indeed it represents a first ever example of a design competitive bid won using risk-informed decision-making.

Information available at  F. Oboni, C. Oboni, C. Angelino, B. Visconti, Integrated hydrogeological and environmental restoration of landslides affecting a large asbestos mine dry tailings dump, Tailings and Mine Waste 2011, Vancouver, BC, November 6 to 9, 2011.

In addition, visual support documents are available at:


Event: Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problems
Date/Time: 20/10/2020 - 21/10/2020 - 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Infonex present at Internal Controls Get Insight on Emerging Trends and Best Practices, Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problems.

Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problems


Get Insight on Emerging Trends and Best Practices

  • Learn how to assess the effectiveness of your internal controls
  • Improve risk management by aligning your risk and control frameworks. As a result, leverage your controls to achieve strategic business objectives
  • Explore control considerations to mitigate cyber risk and best practices for mounting your cyber defence
  • Learn how to align people, process, policies and finally technology
  • Analyze the growing role of artificial intelligence, robotics process automation, machine learning, and how emerging technologies are transforming internal controls processes and finally
  • Get strategies that you can use to develop a process for the safe disclosure and reporting of fraud, theft, misappropriation of funds, or other wrongdoing

Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problems

Franco Oboni, President & Principal Consultant, Oboni Riskope Associates Inc will present:

  • Studying success stories is of no use to increase success.
  • We are better off studying failures, as they teach us what not to do and they are by far more numerous.
  • However, focusing on failures can lead to fear-induced paralysis.
  • Convergent quantitative, rational risk analysis allows us to use:
    • “past-failures” information
    • avoid fear-induced paralysis, and finally
    • avoid excessive audacity and thus increase the chances of success and finally
  • We will review real-life cases and draw useful, general conclusions


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