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.
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:
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 vehicle automation 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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.