Engineering for Success in Mining

Areas of Study: Management

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Mining is as susceptible to risk and crises as any other industry. This course will show you how to proactively evaluate risk and to plan and prepare for crises.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 10 hours

Course Summary

The Case for Proactive Risk/Crisis Evaluation

During the last 20 years, experts monitored the crisis readiness of the Fortune 500 companies and classified them in two groups:

  • proactive companies that evaluated and prepared for crises;
  • reactive companies that dealt with crises as they occurred.
The results of that long term monitoring effort were simple. The proactive companies:

  • live longer
  • face less crises
  • do better in financial terms
  • have a better corporate reputation
Crisis prepared companies:

  • suffer fewer crises
  • recover faster
  • are more profitable
The frightening reality highlighted by this research was that less than 25 percent of the Fortune 500 companies were proactive!

There are no immune industries... mining is as susceptible to risk and crises as any other industry. This course will show you how to be proactive, and give you the background and tools to evaluate risk and to plan and prepare for crises. In short, it will show you how to engineer for success in mining.

Course Content

The course comprises 12 learning sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images, references, case studies, and interactive reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 10 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply the tools and methods available for evaluating, planning and preparing for crises.
  • Recognize the principles of Process Safety Management (PSM) and their application to industrial processes.
  • Recognize the principles of quantitative analysis of risk and their application to Risk Based Decision Making (RBDM).

Recommended Background

  • An understanding of the basic principles of probability theory.

Franco Oboni

After two decades of intense geotechnical and contracting experience, above and underground, Franco slowly but surely pivoted towards risk engineering, an arena in which he has been internationally active for over two decades. Franco manages a broad range of risk and crisis mitigation projects for major mining companies all over the world. Projects include negotiations with community leaders, Quantitative Risk Assessments, Optimum Risk Estimates (ORE ©Riskope, 2010–present) and third party reviews. Franco has over fifty published papers and is co-author of the 2007 book entitled: “Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management”. Franco delivers customized seminars world-wide and was co-recipient of the Italian Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada West) 2010 Innovation Award. His clients include international mining companies, UNDP, Fortune 500, World Bank, railroads, highways, harbors, luxury and food suppliers, military and numerous communities, regional and provincial governments.

Cesar Oboni

Cesar is involved in quantitative risk analyses and third party reviews for mining operations, mining logistics, commercial wharves, production facilities and environmental protection “at perpetuity” projects. Cesar has been very active in the analysis of special and emerging risks, co-authoring a report on Cyber-defence at national scale for a European country. In various projects Cesar created a link between Risk Analysis and mitigative action plans considering Health & Safety, societal acceptability, willingness to pay and other social drivers. His clients include Fortune 500, large mining corporations, UN/UNDP, transportation companies and military. Cesar is the co-author of the 2007 book entitled: “Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management” and over fifteen papers published in international conferences and symposiums. He was co-recipient of the 2010 ICCC, Italian Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada West), Innovation Award.