AUTONOMOUS MINING 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.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve safety and productivity in mining operations by identifying and offering guidance on key challenges and documenting good practices for autonomous mining.
  • Enable a global network of multidisciplinary subject-matter experts, leaders from inside and outside the industry, suppliers, operators, and other stakeholders in fields related to autonomous mining to share lessons learned and best practices and drive valuable conversations.
  • Set a common vision for autonomous systems in mining among diverse stakeholders and facilitate innovation and digital transformation in mining.

 

WHY AUTONOMOUS MINING MATTERS

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:

  • New security and safety risks can be introduced by the reliance that these systems have on technology to manage safety-critical functions
  • Changes to the size and shape of the workforce, which can also have a social impact beyond the operation
  • Adaptations to mine design and planning
  • Potential changes to regulatory requirements
  • Accommodating the rapid transformation of technology by building the system infrastructure, mine design and operational processes so that the operation can continuously adapt

WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

NEWS

Zero Entry Mining Roundtable

This event provides the opportunity to have critical discussions on the key priorities for advancing autonomous mining to achieve improvements to safety, productivity, and performance, and define a strategy to drive collaboration to address these priorities.  A Workshop is scheduled for September 20, 2022.  More information is available here.

Implementation of Autonomous Systems v2 Content Development Workshop: Health & Safety, Regulations, Workforce & Community and Social Impact

GMG is holding a development workshop on version 2 of the Implementation of Autonomous Systems guideline. This workshop is for subject matter experts to validate input and determine further requirements to update the guideline content.  The workshop is scheduled for September 27th.  More information is available here.

Implementation of Autonomous Systems v2 Development Underground Workshop

GMG is holding a development workshop on version 2 of the Implementation of Autonomous Systems guideline. This workshop is for subject matter experts to validate input and determine further requirements to update the guideline content.  The workshop is scheduled for October 13th.  More information is available here.

Implementation of Autonomous Systems v2 Content Development Workshop: Operational Readiness and Deployment

 (GMG) is holding a development workshop on version 2 of the Implementation of Autonomous Systems guideline. This workshop is for subject matter experts to validate input and determine further requirements to update the guideline content.   The workshop is scheduled for October 17th.  More information is available here.

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining v2

The project aims to provide a common resource or playbook for mining companies negotiating the rapidly changing landscape around autonomous technologies. Version 2 is under development and will update the content to reflect the rapidly changing landscape around autonomous technologies. Learn more

Small Size Autonomous Haul Trucks

Small size autonomous haul trucks can be an option for different types of operations(e.g., quarries, small-scale mining operations) that do not use large mining-scale haul trucks. It can also be an entry point for operations that are not ready for large-scale automation. There is also a growing diversity in vendors for smaller scale vehicles, which presents both opportunities and challenges. Learn more

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES

Autonomous Mining Skills Migration Case Studies

The Autonomous Mining Working Group is collecting case studies on 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.

A key challenge to overcome when introducing autonomous systems in mining is the perception that this introduction will reduce jobs. The industry, however, has clear examples of autonomous system implementations that result in skills migration rather than job loss. To achieve the desired operating efficiency and productivity benefits of an autonomous operation, companies require resources with a different skillset from what is required from the typical mining equipment operator.

The published case studies from Vale, Rio Tinto, and two anonymous contributors are available in the publications section. Read the press release here

Do you have a case study you would like to share? Contact us

KNOWLEDGE SHARING PRESENTATIONS

Robotics Employment Opportunities (Video)

Elliot Duff, Robotics Research Portfolio Manager at CSIRO, discusses advances in Robotics and the Employment opportunities that it provides. Click here to watch.

Accelerating the Pace of Autonomy to Transform Mining (Video)

Bibhrajit Halder, Founder & CEO of SafeAI talks in this video about “Accelerating the Pace of Autonomy to Transform Mining” at Autonomous Mining: What’s Next? – interactive online event organized by GMG on March 25, 2020. Click here to watch.

What is the future of mining? How do we successfully and safely combine human and machine? (Video)

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. Click here to watch.

Situational awareness of workforce and equipment at the mine site (Video)

Mikael Nyström, CEO at Mobilaris Group, talks in this video about “Situational Awareness of Workforce and Equipment at the Mine Site” during the Autonomous Mining: What’s Next? – interactive online event organized by the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) on March 25, 2020. Click here to watch.

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