Category: Mining and Metallurgical Refining Insights & Impacts

Miner resilience to be tested as La Niña looms
20 November 2020 | Feature Article

Miner resilience to be tested as La Niña looms

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FM Global group manager, account engineering Michael Beaumont explains what the threat of the La Niña weather system means for the mining industry.
Managing climate risk in the mining sector
13 November 2020 | Feature Article

Managing climate risk in the mining sector

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Michael Beaumont, Group Manager of Account Engineering, answers questions on how mining operators should be managing the risks posed by a changing climate
Risk can take many forms
11 September 2020 | Feature Article

Risk can take many forms

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Risk can take many forms. As important as it is for company directors to monitor risks from the pandemic, a close eye must also be kept on more traditional property risks including fire or damage from natural disasters.
No time to be idle when it comes to protecting facilities
17 July 2020 | Feature Article

No time to be idle when it comes to protecting facilities

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Michael Beaumont discusses why boards and risk managers need to prepare today for the possibility of a pandemic related shutdown and idling of sites down the line, warning that calls for facilities to be shut down could come suddenly and traditional hazards remain in addition to new ones.
Cyclone Mangga reminds us why mines must be ready for anything
14 July 2020 | Feature Article

Cyclone Mangga reminds us why mines must be ready for anything

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This year has highlighted the need to be prepared for the unexpected. While mining sites are in general very resilient operations, this goes for miners too. FM Global group manager, account engineering Michael Beaumont writes.
Grappling with cyber complacency in the mining sector
10 February 2020 | Feature Article

Grappling with cyber complacency in the mining sector

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A recent survey by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that Australian CEOs view cybersecurity risks as their greatest threat to business growth. Yet many mining executives are reporting that it would take a “catastrophic” cyber incident for industry to act and build adequate cyber resiliency.
Fire threat on the rise at mine sites
19 August 2019 | Feature Article

Fire threat on the rise at mine sites

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A recent report from the New South Wales Resources Regulator reveals that mobile plant fires in the state have risen in the past decade.
Why cybersecurity is the Achilles' heel of automation
15 October 2018 | Feature Article

Why cybersecurity is the Achilles' heel of automation

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There are three key aspects to managing cyber risk – physical security, industrial control systems and information security. Boards and leadership teams looking to ensure their businesses are protected effectively must implement products, processes and educational initiatives taking each of these areas into account.
How to minimise risk in mining mergers and acquisitions
21 September 2018 | Feature Article

How to minimise risk in mining mergers and acquisitions

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While acquisition strategies are an essential part of fuelling future growth, the risk implications are often extensive. The acquiring business must address these throughout the transaction and subsequent integration process.  
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