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.

Join the Working Group and its Projects 

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

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

System Safety for Autonomous Mining

This white paper aims to provide a comprehensive view of the need for a system safety approach for those deploying and using autonomous systems in the mining industry. It also aims to increase awareness of system safety and its benefits in delivering and maintaining safe and efficient autonomous systems. The white paper has now been published and is available here.

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

NEWS

System Safety for Autonomous Mining White Paper is Published!

The System Safety for Autonomous Mining White Paper has now been published. Thank you to all of those who were involved in this project and contributed to the publication of this white paper. We encourage you to share this white paper with your company and network and to get involved in future projects on system safety.

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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