Due to their immense potential for improving safety and productivity, mining companies are investing in autonomous solutions. This working group is a global community that drives collaboration on the key challenges associated with autonomous systems and aims to help the industry achieve the benefits they have to offer.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY
The mining industry is increasingly embracing automation as a safety and productivity enabler and as a critical factor in creating a sustainable future of mining. For these reasons, automation is a key part of many mining companies’ digital transformation roadmaps alongside advances in artificial intelligence, system integration, remote operations and the Internet of Things.
While autonomous mining is innovating the mining industry, it also introduces new challenges, such as:
ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP
The Autonomous Mining Working Group is focused on assisting the industry with its ongoing digital transformation and helping operations achieve the benefits that autonomous systems can offer. The group is built by subject-matter experts, leaders from inside and outside the industry, suppliers, operators and those interested in implementing autonomous systems in mining.
Develop several case studies of skills migration and upskilling from organizations that have implemented autonomous systems that mining companies can use to help make their existing and new autonomous mining implementations successful. Learn more.
Provides a common approach to applying functional safety to autonomous systems within the context of the mining industry’s current maturity and offers guidance on the communication requirements to support change management and effective operation. Guideline currently in final review. Click here for more.
Developing a white paper that aims to provide valuable context and education about system safety to enable safety and operational effectiveness throughout all phases of the autonomous system lifecycle. Click here to read more.
GMG PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
2020 Aug | Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining
This guideline provides a common approach to applying functional safety to autonomous systems and references international standards within the context of the mining industry and its current maturity. It also describes clear expectations for the communication requirements to support change management and effective application.
2019 Aug | РУКОВОДСТВО ПО ВНЕДРЕНИЮ СИСТЕМ АВТОМАТИЧЕСКОГО УПРАВЛЕНИЯ В ГОРНОДОБЫВАЮЩЕЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕНННОСТИ. [Russian Translation]
This translation of the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining– a joint effort between GMG and autonomous solutions provider RCT – is a great step towards expanding its reach to regions and sites where English is not the first language.
2019 Apr | Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining
The guideline provides a high-level framework for mining stakeholders to follow when establishing autonomous mining projects ranging from single autonomous vehicles and hybrid fleets to highly autonomous fleets.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: Functional Safety and System Safety for Autonomous Systems will hold educational workshops in Underground Mining and Surface Mining to road test the guideline and to capture a set of shareable documents illustrating the lifecycle. Stay tuned!
GUIDELINE VOTING ONGOING: The review period for Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining is now closed and the final draft is circulating among GMG members within the Autonomous Mining Working Group to vote on publication. If you did not receive the vote information by email or are unsure about your company’s membership status, please contact us here.
UPCOMING PROJECT CALLS
System Safety – Safety Case, Evidence and Risk Management Call
September 14th | 8pm-9pm (EDT) | 12am-1am (UTC) | 8am-9am (AWST)
September 30th | 8am-9am (EDT) | 12pm-1pm (UTC) | 8pm-9pm (AWST)
System Safety – Lifecycle and system safety with OEMs and Integration Call
September 10th | 8am-9am (EDT) | 12pm-1pm (UTC) | 8pm-9pm (AWST)
September 23rd | 8pm-9pm (EDT) | 12am-1am (UTC) | 8am-9am (AWST)
System Safety – Human Factors and Competence Project Call
September 16th | 7pm-8pm (EDT) | 11pm-12pm (UTC) | 7am-8am (AWST)
October 5th | 8am-9am (EDT) | 12pm-1pm (UTC) | 8pm-9pm (AWST)
System Safety – Software, Integration, and Verification Project Call
September 29th | 8pm-9pm (EDT) | 12am-1am (UTC) | 8am-9am (AWST)
October 13th | 8am-9am (EDT) | 12pm-1pm (UTC) | 8pm-9pm (AWST)
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Liv Carroll, Senior Principal, Applied Intelligence, Mining Transformation at Accenture talks in this video about Making “Mining Better: Human + Machine for Safe & Sustainable Operations” during the Autonomous Mining: What’s Next? – interactive online event organized by the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) on March 25, 2020.