GMG Workshop: Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing Platform

Calling on experts!

Currently, many mining companies are deploying or testing electric vehicles to learn how to best utilize them and how to plan for it. Concurrently, OEMs are also gathering relevant data that could be useful across the industry. However, the information is not widely available across the mining industry, nor is it kept in a central location and/or database for all to access. This dispersed information can slow progress and increase the reliance on private consulting firms in order to receive this information, which prove to be costly and may prevent some companies from moving forward.

This project aims to get an agreement and alignment within the industry on what valuable information on operational performance and handling requirements relating to electric equipment for surface and underground production should be widely accessible. This information will then be stored in a neutral database that all mining stakeholders can access. Learn more about the project here.

GMG is recruiting volunteers willing and able to contribute time and expertise to helping develop a knowledge sharing centre that will benefit the global mining industry. Over the coming months the platform will be built through the contributions and collaboration of peers around the globe. Take our short survey to help the project team prioritize what information to collect for this project and how to approach it in a way that will deliver the most value to the industry. The project is kicking off with a virtual workshop on May 7 to:

  • obtain a clear understanding of what information needs to be developed for the Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing platform
  • Capture lessons learned and best practices related to electric mines
  • identify volunteers willing to share their expertise, creating small work committees to develop different sections of the platform

Following this launch workshop, online collaboration will continue to enable the development of the platform and best practices, including the next virtual workshop scheduled for May 20.

 

Workshop Prep

To optimize our time together, here are some things to consider (from your and your company’s perspectives) before we meet:

  • What are key electric technologies that should be included
  • Bring your recommendations and best practices at the operational level
  • Which data should be collected for the platform

 

How to get involved

There are many ways you can contribute to making this project valuable for the industry:

  • Share this page throughout your company and with colleagues far and wide with expertise and experience in electric mine technologies
  • Join the project group!
  • Participate in the workshops to develop pieces of the platform and best practices

 

Who would be interested in this project

This project would be of interest to mining decision makers, project managers, electric technology professionals, OEMs, subject matter experts, and mining contractors (EPCMs) responsible for electric equipment.

 

To accommodate multiple time zones, we have scheduled two separate dates for this workshop:

May 7, 2020 – 8:00PM – 11:00PM EDT | 00:00AM – 3:00AM UTC

May 20, 2020 – 8:00AM – 11:00AM EDT | 12:00PM – 3:00PM UTC

 

Background

There has been rapid development and expansion of electric technology within the short history of electric equipment. Many innovations and changes have been introduced during this time, with suppliers bringing forward an assortment of different technologies in the development of new products. With these rapid developments comes the need to learn from equipment utilization.

A common and accessible platform is therefore needed to capture best practices as they relates to electric mines. The industry can use the information to accelerate innovation and adoption of these technologies.

Objectives

The objective is to provide one central location for mining stakeholders to share their knowledge and access the data kept in it.

Broadly, this knowledge sharing centre can help companies build confidence in their decisions around these technologies. They can use this data for desktop, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. The information recouped could also be used to implement new technologies or to examine zero emission possibilities.

Furthermore, an objective of the project will be to capture lessons learned and root causes, ensuring that findings are reported back to the mining industry. This neutral data will help inform executive leadership, management and operations of the latest technologies and lessons learned at the operational level.

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