GMG Workshop: System Safety, Brisbane | Sept 19

The GMG Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment project group will host a workshop in Brisbane on September 19.

System safety is the application of engineering and management principles, criteria and techniques to optimize safety within the constraints of operational effectiveness, time, and cost throughout all phases of the system life cycle. Expanding the focus from functional safety to system safety will enable improved outcomes to the delivery of autonomous mining systems because:

  • To ensure functional safety, autonomous systems need to perform their functions correctly.
  • A technological system and its design within the operating environment can influence human performance.
  • Delivering and benefiting from complicated and complex systems requires addressing the behaviour of their interactions.
  • Cybersecurity risks affect all aspects of autonomous system safety.
  • A full picture of system safety is needed to achieve a balance of operations, reliability and other associated disciplines

The white paper will provide valuable context and education of system safety, its history in other industries, and the benefits it can provide in delivering safe systems balanced with a system that can be operated effectively. It will apply to:

  • Automation in underground and surface mining contexts
  • All autonomous mining systems
  • The integration autonomous and semi-autonomous systems
  • Complex integrated systems of systems


The focus of this workshop will be to receive input on the scope document for the system safety white paper. The resulting publication will provide confidence to the industry that a system safety approach to delivering autonomous systems in mining is appropriate for the future of the industry. By sharing knowledge and input, you will be influencing the outcome and applicability of this whitepaper.

Further information

We invite everyone with an interest and experience in system safety to participate.  An agenda and logistical details will be sent to all registered participants prior to the workshop.

For more information please contact Donald Roberge at


Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia