Books by Franco Oboni and Cesar Henri Oboni.

Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century

What Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World

Hardcover – 12 Aug 2019

by Franco Oboni (Author), Cesar Oboni (Author), Henry Brehaut (Contributor)

Hardcover: 291 pages

Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2020 edition (12 Aug. 2019)  At Springer

ISBN-10: 3030194469, ISBN-13: 978-3030194468 On Amazon

This book presents a comprehensive approach to address the need to improve the design of tailings dams, their management and the regulation of tailings management facilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the risk of such facilities failing. The scope of the challenge is well documented in the report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and GRID Arendal entitled “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident,” which was released in October 2017. The report recommends that “Regulators, industry and communities should adopt a shared, zero-failure objective to tailings storage facilities…” and identifies several areas where further improvements are required. In this context, the application of cutting-edge risk-assessment methodologies and risk-management practices can contribute to a significant reduction and eventual elimination of dam failures through Risk Informed Decision Making. As such, the book focuses on identifying and describing the risk-assessment approaches and risk-management practices that need to be implemented in order to develop a way forward to achieve socially acceptable levels of tailings dam risk.

The Long Shadow of Human‐Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises

By Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

Geohazards Caused by Human Activity, Prof. Arvin Farid (Ed.), InTech

The Long Shadow of Human‐Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises

ISBN 978-953-51-2802-1, Print ISBN 978-953-51-2801-4,  November 30, 2016

DOI: 10.5772/66066


The purpose of this chapter is to focus attention on the “damage and risk” side of the geohazard (GHZ) phenomena rather than on their generating processes. Damage evaluations are indeed often neglected and oversimplified in predictive studies. As a result, risks are poorly understood and often considered as the mere expression of the probability or likelihood of an adverse event. In this chapter, we will use numerous real‐life examples and will discuss among other subjects: technical glossary of risk, damages, crises, multidimensional consequences analysis, and definition of risk tolerance. This chapter also focuses on ethical (geo‐ethical) issues linked to GHZs caused by human activities and their mitigation decisions and possible unintended consequences. The discussion includes the sometimes excessive and sometimes lacking (blindness) perception of risks by the public, corporate, and public officers. The root cause of some odd human behaviors when facing risks (biases) like the survivor bias is discussed. GHZs cast a long and often misunderstood shadow on human activities, development, and survival. By understanding how to model consequences and better evaluating risks and crises, we will be able to alleviate human and environmental suffering and foster sustainable development.

Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management

By Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni




Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management, a guide to better decisions

ISBN 978-0-9784462-0-8 Switzerland, 2007

You will learn:

  • How risk assessments are created
  • How to select the option of management best suited to you
  • How to evaluate and prepare for crises
  • How to define acceptable and tolerable risks
  • How to make better, sustainable and well documented decisions
  • How other organizations have behaved in the past

Format: soft cover, printed book.

Section 1:  Hazards, Crises, Assessments, and Tolerance

Section 2:  Examples of Risk Assessment and Their Use

Section 3:  Risk and Decision Making

Section 4: Examples of Comparative Risk-Based Decision Making Use

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