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Event: MBA Risk Management Module
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Date/Time: 17/01/2019 - 19/01/2019 - All Day
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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
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Date/Time: 21/01/2019 - 24/01/2019 - All Day
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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).

Objectives:

  • 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: CIM MES Vancouver NI 43-101 and Risks. What Risks?
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Date/Time: 12/10/2017 - 4:15 pm
Location: Room 2800, Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
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CIM MES Vancouver NI 43-101 and Risks. What Risks? shows how the definition of the “viewing angle” (corporate, investor, regulators, public, etc.), the success/ failure criteria, the resulting multi-dimensional consequences are of paramount importance when attempting to perform a Risk Assessment (RA). If any of those is missing or unclear for example due to fuzzy glossary  any RA will be meaningless or at least misleading.

This is particularly important when looking at the relationship between the disclosure requirements intended for investors following, for example, NI43-101.

CIM MES Vancouver NI 43-101 and Risks. What Risks?

NI43-101 reports should provide information about a mine to prospective investors. However, in our experience, numerous factors generally not included in the report can turn a great prospect into a financial disaster, with dire consequences to the investors.

Recent failures of tailings facilities brought back this particular issue with great emphasis.

Johari window application in risk management

Some operational risk may indeed significantly affect share values and ability to conduct business, maintain Social License to Operate (SLO).

The Expert Panel opinion report on the Mt Polley tailings facility failure recommended that all proposed new tailings facilities should include a bankable feasibility study, but “bankable” is not an assurance either.

What should a NI 43-101 include from a risk perspective?

Thus it is reasonable to ask: should an NI43-101 report contain information about critical mine’s facilities (risks) such as tailings, access roads, logistics, etc..? And, if positive, which ones? Should NI43-101 report include holistic convergent scalable and drillable risk assessments? Again, if positive, convergence should cover at least:

  • tailings facilities and dumps
  • ingress/egress (logistic and supplying infrastructures)
  • energy
  • closure …

We will use examples from large spectrum risk assessments for tailings systems, dumps, road and railroad mining logistic, mining wharves, water, energy, cyber, etc.  We will show that risk assessments intended for investors may highlight different conclusions than the ones intended for the corporation or management, although both are based on the same holistic hazard and risk register.

It is ok to read NI43-101 report but don’t think it is enough. If considering investment in a new mine or investment it is time to get the full picture. That includes understanding a few specific points about what risks really matter.

Registration

Please visit CIM MES post to register as early as possible as seating is limited.

 

 

Event: A step by step guide to gaining competitive advantages for projects and operations.
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Date/Time: 09/07/2017 - All Day
Location: Imperial College London, Kensington, London , UK
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A step by step guide to gaining competitive advantages for projects and operations:

From the authors of Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management (2007) and The Long Shadow of Human‐Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises (2016), in conjunction with the Managing Risks across the Mining and Oil & Gas Lifecycle conference to be held at Imperial College London, a course beneficial for all who have to:

  • design,
  • permit,
  • construct,
  • operate,
  • insure and perhaps
  • close a geo-environmental facility in the mining and oil&gas arena.
Register now: please download the PDF registration form, and return it to Georgina Worrall.

A step by step guide to gaining competitive advantages for projects and operations

Subject:

A step by step guide to gaining competitive advantages for projects and operations is a hands-on exercise based on a real-life case history of a 60Mm3 dry asbestos tailings dump’s environmental rehabilitation at the Balangero Asbestos Mine (N-W Italy). The competitive bid for the project, was won by an engineering group supported by step by step disciplined risk assessments. Thus it was demonstrated that including quantitative risk assessment through the design of a project, from cradle to delivery and including risk driven maintenance concepts brought value and a leading edge to the proponents with great benefit to society at large.

Fig. 1 Scheme of the ORE (Optimum Risk Estimates) continuous process. Scalable and drillable from cradle to grave for any project, alternative, operation. A step by step guide to gaining competitive advantages for projects and operations

Delivery method:

Together we will work through all the phases of the approach (based on the ORE methodology -Optimum Risk Estimates- ©Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.) including:

  • System definition
  • Success/failure criteria. Objectives Hierarchy, constrained objectives.
  • Alternatives generation
  • Data
  • Probabilistic estimates
  • Hazards and multi-dimensional consequences analyses
  • Risks &Risk tolerances
  • Dashboards
  • Recommendations and Condition of validity.
  • Decision-making (alternative selection, mitigation, resilience enhancements, etc.)
  • Actions (includes communication)
  • Back to the start: monitoring, new data, etc.

Registration:

If you wish to register for this course, please download the PDF registration form, and return it to Georgina Worrall.

Important additional information

Special focus:

We will look at all technical aspects as well as “soft-issues” related to the definition of criteria, risk communication, definition of tolerance, possibly working out some role-plays using decision-makers and board members archetypes.

No special requirements:

There is no need for participants to be conversant in probabilities or statistics and there will be no “theory” or “maths” discussions unless the majority of the delegates requests these themes to be explored a bit more.

Who should participate:

This course is for all who have to design, permit, construct, operate, insure and perhaps close a geo-environmental facility of any kind, but also, more specifically waste rock/tailings dump, or spent heap leach pads in the XXI century.

Take aways:

Upon completion, participants will be better equipped to manage complex geotechnical/ geological projects, in accordance with current best management procedures, including:

  • comprehensive consideration of hazards,

  • probabilities of failure,

  • consequence quantification, and most importantly,

  • implementation of mitigation measures to reduce cost and ensure safety.

Register now: please download the PDF registration form, and return it to Georgina Worrall.

Schedule and ToC:

09:00-10:30

  • Introductions
  • System definition
  • Success/failure criteria. Objectives Hierarchy, constrained objectives.
  • Alternatives generation

Coffee

11:12:30

  • Delivered data
  • Needed data. Data to be acquired/evaluated
  • What methods to use for probabilistic estimates?

Lunch

13:30-15:00

  • Hazards and multi-dimensional consequences analyses
  • Risks
  • Risk tolerances
  • Dashboards
  • Recommendations and Condition of validity.

Coffee

15:30-17:00

  • Decision-making (alternative selection, mitigation, resilience enhancements, etc.)
  • Actions (includes communication)
  • Back to the start: monitoring, new data, etc.
  • Discussions

Register now: please download the PDF registration form, and return it to Georgina Worrall.

 

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