Upcoming Courses & Workshops

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:



Past Events

Event: Hazard Identification (HI) Training Project Workshop
Date/Time: 08/02/2012 - All Day
Location: Vancouver confidential, Confidential, Vancouver,

Empowered Participants to become champions at Hazard Identification (HI) and explored the HI links with day-to-day life in their company.

Event: Mining Management Summit
Date/Time: 21/11/2011 - All Day
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Calle 25 # 1, Bogotá, Bogotá, D.C. 1, Colombia, Bogotà,


Mining Management Summit se basa en tres pilares fundamentales:1. Entregar una visión estratégica e integral de la industria minera en el mundo.2. Impulsar el desarrollo de la capacidad gerencial.3. Crear mayores oportunidades de comunicación y cooperación para corporaciones mineras domésticas e internacionales.Bajo este contexto, Seminarium Internacional ha reunido a los principales exponentes y líderes del sector,quienes presentarán las últimas tendencias y desafíos de la industria.


El punto de encuentro más importante del país para los líderes y referentes de la industria. Un día para actualizar los conocimientos de ejecutivos que trabajan directa o indirectamente con el sector minero. Una instancia única y exclusiva para compartir experiencias y conocimientos con pares de primer nivel.


Gerentes, altos ejecutivos, jefes y técnicos pertenecientes a la industria minera. Presidentes y directores de asociaciones gremiales de la minería nacional e internacional. Gerentes, directivos, profesionales, jefes de área y técnicos de empresas públicas y privadas. Jefes de carrera, académicos, estudiantes egresados y del último año de carreras relacionadas al sector. Centros de investigación, científicos y mundo empresarial en general.

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