Vancouver: Military Grade Risk Application for Mining Defence, Resilience and Economic Optimization

April 26, 2016 all-day
Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University
Room 4400 (Policy Room)
Fourth Floor, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

CIM MES Vancouver is pleased to present:

Dr. Franco Oboni

President, Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.

who will deliver a presentation on:

Military Grade Risk Application for Mining Defence, Resilience and Economic Optimization


Abstract: 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 (produce 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.

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.


BIO: After two decades of intense geotechnical and contracting experience, above and underground, Dr. Franco Oboni slowly but surely pivoted towards risk engineering, an arena in which he has been internationally active for the second two decades of his forty year career. 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, harbours, luxury and food suppliers, military and numerous communities, regional and provincial governments.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016
4:15 – 6:00 pm

Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University
Room 4400 (Policy Room), Fourth Floor
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
(corner of Granville and W. Pender)

4:15 pm – Registration
4:30 pm – Presentation and Q&A
5:45 pm – Closing Remarks

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.


Thank you to our sponsor, Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, for providing the space and their continued generous support!

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