Autonomous Mining Working Group


Publish a global guideline for implementation of autonomous systems, whether just one autonomous vehicle or a fully autonomous mining system.

Project Description

Global Mining Guidelines Group’s Autonomous Mining Working Group was launched in 2016, with the goal of creating a common vision of automation in the mining industry. It was soon established, based on feedback from stakeholders, that there was a need for a guideline on autonomous mining implementation for global use.

The key areas covered by the guideline will include functional capability, functional safety, change management, communications with the workforce and the local community, and interactions with the regulators. The guideline can be seen as an expanded checklist or playbook for the implementation of autonomous mining from planning to the final stages.

An implementation guideline will provide mining companies and OEMs with the tools necessary to move forward with autonomous mining. The expectation is that this guideline will be the first step in aiding companies to move from implementing single autonomous vehicles to a fully autonomous fleet.

The guideline will:

  • Outline the risks and benefits of autonomous mining.
  • Provide a checklist or playbook for implementation.
  • Impact the approaches of mining companies and OEMs to autonomous mining through a global, unified understanding.
  • Enable future autonomous mining innovation with the aid of common practices.

Business Case

The creation of a homogenous autonomous mining system is part of the industry’s vision of future mining, and one that has already garnered high-level interest and support over the last few years.

The development of an international guideline will benefit from the established work of outside industries, from which lessons learned can be borrowed. By using existing standards and processes, and placing them in a mining context, the industry can make leaps and bounds in innovation and progression. In doing so, companies will be able to attract more vendors to the mining sector, leading to more competition between suppliers and a surge in innovation.

The industry will benefit from an international autonomous mining guideline through:

  • Increased collaborative and constructive communication with regulators.
  • Helping manufacturers and tech providers adjust their innovation and development strategies.
  • Consistency in output and process control, ensuring the industry is heading in one direction, thereby fostering greater collaboration.
  • Allowing owners and operators to understand data requirements and standards.
  • Contributing to the work of International Organization of Standardization (ISO) technical committee 82 on its upcoming sub-committee on autonomous mining, and technical committee 127 on its autonomous standards work.