Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Event: MBA Risk Management Module
Date/Time: 17/01/2019 - 19/01/2019 - All Day

MBA Risk Management Module

Location: SAA – School of Management

Organizer/where: SAA Turin (University of Turin School of Management)

MBA Risk Management Module

This is the fourth edition of our Risk module in MBA course at the SAA (University of Turin, Italy, School of Management).

Through a series of exercises of increasing complexity delegates will have the opportunity to practice the correct glossary and then:

  • semantically correct structures of threat-to/ threat from,
  • hazard identification,
  • probabilities estimates,
  • multi-dimensional consequences evaluations and finally
  • risk.

MBA Risk Management Module

We make a point to illustrate each concept with countless anecdotes and “vignettes”. Furthermore this year we will use the horrific highway accidents in Bologna as well as the Morandi Bridge disaster to illustrate numerous aspects of risk management.

Delegates will e able to realize by themselves the limitation of classic, common practice 4×4 or 5×5 risk matrix approaches (FMEA). They will come to understand the advantages of modern approaches, especially when risk informed decision-making (RIDM) is requested.

This year again we will offer delegates the opportunity to use a Riskope test which delivers a view on the participant talents and risk taking archetypes.

We will then perform exercises first with “homogeneous” groups, i.e. delegates with similar talents and archetypes, then with “mixed” groups.


Event: Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices
Date/Time: 21/01/2019 - 24/01/2019 - All Day

Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices

Location: The Westin Ottawa

Organizer/where: Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) conference Ottawa. NB: conference is January 22-24 2019, the course is pre-conference on January 21st.

Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices

We will deliver this course in cooperation with David Kratochvil (BQE ) and Charles Dumaresque (Mining Association of Canada, MAC).


  • Examine links between water management and overall performance of mineral processing projects using examples from existing and historic operations.
  • Review water related risks and identify those that are commonly overlooked by mineral processors.
  • Explain the concept of risk adjusted life cycle cost analysis as the emerging best practice for holistic assessments of water issues and finally
  • Review current best practices available for tailings management and water treatment

Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices Description:

Water has become a strategic issue for the industry as it can be both a threat and an opportunity. Thus decisions about water have grown increasingly complex. As a result new tools are being applied to enable holistic assessments of water management in mineral processing. These aim at improving performance of projects while reducing multi-hazard risks since pre-feasibility stage .

The course will draw on examples of existing and/or historic operations to explain the benefit of adopting modern best practices in water treatment, tailings management, and finally risk assessments. In brief, the participants will learn the following:

  • Why Net Present Value (NPV) analysis is inadequate as the sole criteria for decision making about water
  • How to identify common pitfalls of risk assessments and how to avoid them
  • What new water treatment techniques are available to improve water quality for re-use or discharge
  • Define best practices related to tailings water management and finally
  • How to arrive at risk adjusted life cycle costs of water.

Course Outline:

Block 1: Introduction: Change in industry’s thinking about water

  • Why? Mind your motive in addition to exploring the
  • Connection between tailings and water management

Block 2: Effects of water on project performance:

  • examples of historic and current projects in addition to analysis of impacts throughout project life cycle

Block 3: Review of Water Management and Treatment Risks:

  • Common shortcomings in risk assessments and how to prevent them

Block 4: Best Practices – Risk Adjusted Life Cycle Cost Analysis

  • Tailings management guide – link to water
  • Water treatment systems for modern industry
  • ORE (Optimum Risk Estimate) methodology and finally
  • Example of ORE application

Block 5: Closing remarks:

  • Role of mineral processors in solving water issues.


Past Events

Event: MBA Risk Management Course
Date/Time: 11/02/2016 - 13/02/2016 - All Day
Location: SAA, Università di Torino, Via Ventimiglia, 115, Torino, Italy

A three days intensive course on Risk Management for MBA candidates of the SAA of the University of Turin.

Course thread:

  • risk definitions and simple conceptual implementations
  • decisions and biases
  • system analysis
  • codes, public and risk communication
  • risk analysis
  • risk applications

Course Objectives; Teaching and participants (win-win) Success Criteria:

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  1.  Understand the difference between risk, hazard, likelihood and rationally approach consequences analysis.
  2. Decompose and systematically analyse a system in such a way to reduce biases, grasp uncertainties.
  3. Understand the difference between threat-from threat-to and their impacts on system’s elements.
  4. Understand how to position a risk framework.
  5. Be familiar with the phases and the approach necessary to develop a complex multi hazard business risk assessment
  6. Know what is feasible, what are the benefits of risk analysis
Event: Risk Assessment, Decision Making, and Management of Mine Waste Facilities
Date/Time: 25/10/2015 - All Day
Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, vancouver, bc

At the Tailings and Mine Waste 2015 Conference

Animated by Franco Oboni, Riskope, Cesar Oboni, Riskope, and Jack A Caldwell, Robertson GeoConsultants.

Regulators are more and more demanding risk-based evaluations in permitting tailings facility construction, operation, and closure. The public is asking for a path to “zero failures”. Mining companies are more and more sensitive to the consequence of tailings failures and want to reduce risk without incurring excessive costs.

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Risk practitioners are asking hard questions about what constitutes a tolerable (real world) risk. Practitioners are demanding clarification of what constitutes good practice in the use of formal risk-based decision making (RBDM) tools in the management of tailings facilities. The public and insurers are more and more asking questions that only rational, quantitative risk assessment (QRA) can answer.

This course is for all who have to design, permit, construct, operate, insure and ultimately close a mine tailings facility, waste rock dump, or spent heap leach pad.

The course describes the use of risk assessment and decision making methods during all phases of the management of a mine waste facility.

Topics included are:

  • Site selection for a new tailings facility using decision making methods.
  • Design of tailings facilities based on risk management and mitigation.
  • Continuous performance improvement during the operation of a tailings facility.
  • A discussion of the implication of new MAC recommendations (for example higher factors of safety) in terms of probability of failure.
  • Risk assessment in the conduct of dam safety inspections and reviews.
  • Tailings facility closure scenarios assessment using risk-based approaches.

Case histories spanning some thirty years and spreading from South Africa to Latin America, Canada and Europe will be used through role-plays to illustrate the use of risk analysis and decision making in both informal and formal ways as part of the professional and responsible management of mine tailings facilities. Attendees will leave the course equipped to select methods, to apply principles, and to make decisions leading to better, safer management of their mine tailings facilities.

The course is intended for:

  • Mine managers and operators, insurers who need to ensure the mine’s tailings facility, waste rock dump, or spent heap leach pad is safe, cost effective, and in accordance with current good practice.
  • Consultants who design new mine waste disposal facilities, assist in their operation, and plan closure works and who therefore need to be aware of and able to incorporate new and relevant RA & RBDM methods.
  • Civil engineers who undertake dam safety inspections that demand the use of risk assessment methodologies.
  • Regulators who have to review and approve new tailings facilities, expansion of facilities, and ultimately the closure of such facilities.
  • Surface and groundwater hydrologists and specialists faced with management of surface water and seepage from tailings facilities, waste rock dumps, and spent heap leach pads.
  • Environmental scientists who are charged with protection the environment of the site and surrounding region of mine waste disposal facilities.


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