AUTONOMOUS
MINING

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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:

  • New security and safety risks introduced by the reliance these systems have on technology to manage safety-critical functions
  • Changes to the size and shape of the workforce, which may 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

CONSIDERATIONS

Safety Measures

Operational Impact

Technology & Equipment

Regulatory Aspects

Process Change

Cybersecurity

Evolving Workforce

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.

Objectives

  • Improve safety and productivity in the mining industry by identifying and offering guidance on key challenges and documenting good practices for autonomous mining
  • Enable a global network of multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial professionals in fields related to autonomous mining to share lessons learned and best practices and drive valuable conversations
  • Set a common vision among diverse stakeholders for autonomous systems and facilitate innovation and digital transformation in mining

UPCOMING EVENTS

Virtual Forum Series: Autonomous Mining

November 24 | 8pm-11pm (EST)| 2am-5am (CET+1)| 9am-12pm (AWST+1)|

Join and collaborate in real-time! VISIT EVENTPAGE

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Implementation of Autonomous Systems version 2

Version 2 is under development to update the content to reflect the rapidly changing landscape around autonomous technologies. Learn for more.

Autonomous Mining Skills Migration Case Study

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.

Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment

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. 

Autonomous System Safety

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. 

UPDATES

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 – Software, Integration, and Verification Project Call
October 13th | 8am-9am (EDT) | 12pm-1pm (UTC) | 8pm-9pm (AWST)

Want to participate? Contact us at info@gmggroup.org

GMG Publications

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. Click here to read.

GMG Guideline Implementation of Autonomous Systems Russian2019 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.  Click here to read.

GMG Guideline Implementation of Autonomous Systems2019 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.  Click here to read.

Autonomous Mining Videos

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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