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: Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Mine Geowaste Facility Management
Date/Time: 07/06/2016 - 09/06/2016 - 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Mine Geowaste Facility Management

Location: live webcast
Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours each
This webcast is scheduled to be held from 8:00am to 11:00am PDT/Vancouver, Canada time.

This course will review the risk assessment and decision making methods and tools applied to mine tailings, waste rock, and spent heap leach facilities.

The course will examine recent findings from the Mount Polley tailings facility failure, and outline the risk assessment methods that can be used to prevent future tailings disasters. Practical techniques for the management of mine geowaste facilities using risk assessment methods and decision making tools will be discussed.

Studying past and recent case histories will both illustrate and expand on the application of the many methods used for undertaking risk assessment and decision making, including FMEAs and Tolerability Curves, Fault Trees and Root Cause Analyses, as well as MAAs and Bayesian methods. The course will build on and advance the fundamentals that are available through EduMine’s online course titled Risk Assessment, Decision-Making, and Engineering Management for Mine GeoWaste Facilities.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course participants will be given a detailed overview regarding the theory and practice of risk assessment and decision making, resulting in safer mine geowaste facilities that are economically viable. Current practices and innovative emerging concepts will be explored as a result of recent tailings failures. The course is intended to be part of the necessary demand to achieve ZERO tailings and mine waste facility failures moving forward.

Upon completion, participants will be better equipped to manage mine geowaste facilities, in accordance with current best management practices, including comprehensive consideration of hazards, probabilities of failure, consequence quantification, and most importantly, implementation of mitigation measures to reduce cost and ensure safety.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Risk Assessment, Decision-Making, and Engineering Management for Mine GeoWaste Facilities.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia and University of Arizona. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course meets the requirements for formal CPD activity for most Canadian provincial associations and US state boards and may contribute the equivalent in hours towards your CPD requirement. more details »

Who Should Attend?

The course is intended for anyone involved with the design, construction, operation, and closure of mine geowaste facilities, as well as professionals dealing with tailings facilities, waste rock dumps, or spent heap leach pads. The course is recommended for mining professionals who want to manage their facilities in a responsible, cost-effective manner, in accordance with best management practices.

Consultants, regulators, investors, mining suppliers, financial analysts, insurers and lenders to the mining industry can also use this course to gain a better understanding of what mining companies can do to actively reduce risks for geowaste facilities.

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Event: Military Grade Risk Application for Mining Defence, Resilience and Economic Optimization
Sponsors: CIM MES Vancouver
Date/Time: 26/04/2016 - 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University – Room 4400 (Policy Room), 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Military organizations and mining have astonishingly strong anatomical/physiological similarities. Diversified miners around the world have several base metals and other divisions, similar to the Military which have different services such Army, Navy, and Air Force. The services, like mining divisions, are interdependent to some degree at strategic and tactical level. The similarities go down all the way to a ranger platoon, translated into a prospection team in the mining world.


Both strive for excellence in operations and risk management: increasing resilience of the system and optimization are of paramount importance as both have to ensure:

  1. delivery at any given time (7/24, 365 days)
  2. operational sustainability (asset, maintenance, and stewardship)
  3. confidentiality and security (of intelligence, prospection, outputs, etc.)
  4. public opinion satisfaction while being prone to opposition and scrutiny

ORE (Riskope’s Optimum Risk Estimates) methodology, originally developed for specific mining applications (tailings, power generation and distribution, pipelines, logistic) and then extended to other areas of industry, is being deployed for the Swiss Army Cyber Defence interforces program.

This speech shows how a “military grade”, global risk application can benefit a miner, reducing costs, waste of time, allowing informed decision and reinforcing possible legal defences.

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In the era of IoT (internet of things) it is time for miners to embrace RiskManagement2.0 and maximize the benefits of multi-hazard, interdependent system’s analysis: better understanding, better evaluations, better decisions, better defence.

Seminar is complimentary and seats are limited.

Register by Sunday, April 24 to secure your place. Please RSVP by replying to if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend.

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