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Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Workshop (Edmonton)
Syncrude is hosting a Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment workshop for GMG in mid-March, and all mining companies, OEMs and regulators are encouraged to participate.
Functional safety is one of the key challenges requiring industry collaboration to enable advancement in autonomous mining. GMG’s Functional Safety of Autonomous Equipment guideline aims to provide a unified industry understanding of the functional safety requirements for mobile autonomous equipment. This understanding involves not only clearly defining what functional safety is, but also identifying who is responsible for it, creating a collective view of minimum requirements, and presenting general guidance on testing and verifying it.
Workshop participants will build on the work achieved to-date in the project, towards a global consensus. You’ll want to send the right person, to be able to dig into the topic.
Ensure your company is part of the collaboration. The project leaders, Gareth Topham – Principal Adviser, Functional Safety at Rio Tinto; and Chirag Sathe – Principal Risk & Business Analysis technology at BHP said the guideline will clarify which standards to use, to address the current confusion and frustration among mining companies, product developers, and product suppliers because it is unclear which standards to follow.
“There is an industry-wide acceptance that such guidelines are crucial for the technology adoption,” Chirag Sathe said. This project will also potentially “increase innovation, as it will promote interoperable product development and provide new product developers (small scale developers) who are working on new and exciting technology with a clear understanding on what is required to get their product approved.”
An agenda and any documentation will be sent to all who register. For more information on registration, please contact David Sanguinetti (dsanguinetti@GMGgroup.org).
Want to learn more about our Functional Safety project? Click here.
Click here to access our published guidelines.
Thanks to Syncrude, who will be hosting the workshop.