Common Reference Framework Working Group

Business Objective

Review The Open Group’s Exploration, Mining, Metals & Minerals (EMMM) Forum industry model as a reference framework, update it with increased mining input, and share how these documents can be useful tools for industry stakeholders.

Project Description

The Common Reference Framework Working Group is designed to assess the EMMM industry models as an overview of the business functions and processes of a mining organization from prospecting to the corporate financial statement. The purpose is to establish it as a common industry model through the publication of a user’s guideline outlining its use and application.

Prior to the EMMM models, there has been a lack of a commonly accepted framework providing a generic description of the mining business. Without a framework for reference, every new information management initiative starts afresh with issues of explaining objectives and solutions to mining industry challenges. Global Mining Guidelines Group has selected the Open Group’s work as a reference because they have published, scrutinized, tested and approved standard models covering the full value chain of the mining industry.

Current project objectives are:

  • Creation of implementation guides for Business Process Models through use cases from both supplier and customer perspectives to enable members to understand how the various frameworks can be used to drive value in their own companies.
  • Review of Business Process Model to create version 2.0 to ensure that the Business Process Framework reflects all the different commodities.
  • Support the EMMM Forum’s projects:
    • Creating an information architecture framework to help industry members understand what information is required to optimally manage an operation.
    • Provide new graduates and staff introductory training to the reference framework in order to assist them in understanding more about the industry and operations best practices.

Business Case

Stakeholders are as diverse as their mining company origins and their specific discipline. Most will have a technical silo-based view of the mining business, which is not necessarily wrong but potentially incomplete. Across the industry, the same words are used to mean different things and vice versa. Any framework must at least address these and other matters of a common understanding of the mining business.

Over the last two decades, several attempts have been made at producing generic descriptions of the mining business; often in isolation and from a technical silo perspective. Models from other industries have been tried and found wanting. More recently, The Open Group, a global Information Technology standards setting consortium, via its EMMM Forum has published, scrutinized, tested and approved standard models covering the full value chain of the mining industry.

The EMMM model defines the operating context for the industry. It acts as a guide, providing context to the operations in the industry. The formation of this group supports the notion of collaboration as a meaningful industry tool by which to identify and disseminate practical solutions to address common stakeholder problems as they strive for operational excellence.