GMG Short Course: Implementing Autonomous Systems | Feb 23 at SME in Phoenix

This short course will speak to the Global Mining Guideline Group’s Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining, which aims to communicate and educate using current industry practices and common terms of reference and provides guidance on justifying, planning, developing, testing, implementing, and executing autonomous systems. This short course is for all practitioners involved in or considering implementing autonomous systems.

The mining industry is increasingly embracing automation as a safety and productivity enabler and as a critical factor in making future mining methods sustainable. Successfully implementing autonomous systems adds clear value: it can improve safety, increase production efficiency, and lower maintenance costs. Implementing autonomous systems also presents new challenges such as security and safety risks and workforce and workflow changes.

This implementation guideline provides mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, third-party solution providers, system integrators, regulators, and other stakeholders with the tools necessary to move forward with autonomous mining projects. The guideline serves as a first step, assisting companies implementing autonomous mining projects ranging from single autonomous vehicles and hybrid fleets to highly autonomous fleets. It includes:

  • Provides a high-level checklist and playbook for implementation
  • Outlines the risks and benefits of autonomous mining
  • Offers a global and unified understanding to influence how key stakeholders approach autonomous mining
  • Enables future autonomous mining innovation with the aid of common practices
  • Communicates that implementation can be facilitated through cooperation between involved parties, including OEMs, OTMs, system integrators, and miners

Course key topics

    1. Change Management: presented by Patrick Collis, Manager Operational Readiness – Mining Automation, Roy Hill
    2. Business Case: presented by Mansoor J Hussain, Project Manager – Autonomous Haul Systems, Imperial
    3. Health and Safety: presented by Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations
    4. Regulations presented: by Peter O’Loughlin, Senior Inspector of Mines, Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), Western Australia
    5. Community and Social Impact: presented by Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations
    6. Operational Readiness and Deployment: presented by Allan Boddy, Consultant – SME for Surface Mining Operational Technologies, Peck Tech


  • Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations

To learn more about GMG’s Autonomous Mining Working Group and projects and how you can get involved, click here.

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm 

Registration for this short course must be completed through the SME website below. It appears in the registration system as Implementing Autonomous Systems, GMG.

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