UNDERGROUND MINING WORKING GROUP

Underground mines are going deeper to meet increased demands and are innovating to improve communication, safety, and productivity. This working group is an opportunity for the underground mining community to address the challenges and opportunities and drive ongoing innovation underground by sharing best practices, facilitating innovation, and driving the global conversation.

WHY DOES COLLABORATION ON UNDERGROUND MINING MATTER?

Underground mining has seen incredible advancements in recent years, which have allowed for deeper mines, better communication networks, and safety and productivity improvements. These advancements are in response to the growing needs and expectations of the world’s population and an increased economic pressure to produce. To address these demands, underground mining operations are redefining their current ways of working by adopting advanced solutions and improving processes to enable improved efficiency, cost reduction, and safety.

Underground mining faces unique challenges around:

  • Communications and network infrastructure
  • Operational efficiency and process improvement
  • Asset visibility and management
  • Health and safety
  • Digitalization and adapting to new technologies

ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP

This working group aims to identify and address common underground mining sector challenges and opportunities while considering the adaptability of the mine infrastructure and new and legacy technologies. The group is a community of operators, suppliers, subject-matter experts, leaders from inside and outside the industry, and others with experience and interests related to underground mining.

OBJECTIVES

  • Facilitate innovation and industry advancement by identifying and developing guidance on key topics and challenges related to underground mining
  • Promote global collaboration among underground mining stakeholders to share lessons learned and case studies and engage in valuable conversations

NEWS

Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Workshops

The purpose of these workshops is to finish review of the guidelines and to discuss industry focus areas for new projects to develop guidelines and other useful tools. These are working sessions for people with the knowledge and expertise to assess the content of these guidelines. Workshops are scheduled for August 16th and 18th. More information is available here.

Defining Requirements for Implementing Autonomous Systems Underground Workshops

These workshops are working sessions for people in the underground mining community with the knowledge and expertise to assess the content of this guideline. The purpose of the workshops is to review the content, identify information that should be included and what does not apply to underground mining , and establish next steps in the review. Workshops are scheduled for August 9th and 24, as well as an in person workshop being held in Perth, Australia on August 16th.  More information is available here.

Underground Mining Prioritization Workshops

GMG is holding virtual workshops to have critical discussions on the key priorities for advancing underground mining and define a strategy to drive collaboration to address these priorities.   Workshops are scheduled on September 1st and 7th.  More information is available here.

June 24, 2022 | Workshop Outcomes Now Available

During the June 16, 2022 GMG Underground Mining: Tackling Challenges to Achieve Company Goals workshop held in Sudbury, participants prioritized autonomous mining, continuous mining for hard rock, battery swapping versus opportunity charging, and interoperability and telemetry. Read the outcomes here

June 23, 2022 | Publication of Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining – Version 3

Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining – Version 3 is now published. This guideline provides guidance and an overall discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning requirements for designing and implementing a BEV fleet within an existing or new mine. Key features of version 3 include new and expanded content on safety, risk, and emergency response, more on maintenance, and new sections on automated connection interfaces. Thank you to all volunteers who contributed to this guideline. Visit the guideline page.

June 14, 2022 | Three Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines Up for Review

All three parts of the Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guideline Suite, published between 2017 and 2019, are now up for review. Contact us for more information on participating in the review.

Read the guidelines: Part I | Part II | Part III

PUBLICATIONS

GMG Guideline Implementing SIC2019 Jun | Guideline for Implementing Short Interval Control in Underground Mining Operations

This guideline provides much-needed independent direction on the available options for SIC, allowing for greater and faster adoption of control technologies and processes. This will facilitate better planning, quicker decisions, increased production, lower costs, and safer working. Click here to read.

GMG Guideline Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure III2019 Mar | Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines Part III: General Guidelines

The guideline compiles information to help the reader better understand the general concepts, techniques, and methods used in the industry to create and maintain a communications infrastructure. The content is designed to help non-information–technology (IT) personnel identify high-level requirements, and to provide resources to learn more the technologies. Click here to read.

The guideline provides scenarios of practical applications in underground mining today and in the near future. The scenarios relate how different communications infrastructure designs can be used and combined to achieve key technology goals. Click here to read.

GMG Guideline Mine Communications2017 Feb | Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines Part I: Positioning and Needs Analysis

The guideline provides a general overview of the guideline objectives, audience, and mine communications maturity lifecycle diagram. This diagram provides a high-level overview of the services and supporting technology that is generally used in each phase of the mine lifecycle. Click here to read.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING PRESENTATIONS

Value and Opportunities of IoT and Location Interoperability (Video)

Data and AI are better when they are together. Unfortunately most of today’s Internet of Things (IoT), including location tracking, sensing, and industrial control systems, are disparate systems designed and deployed for one-off applications. That means it is very challenging to aggregate and correlate the heterogeneous data from silo-ed IoT systems for real-time situational awareness and early warnings. This webinar will present the geospatial and IoT standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Click here to watch.

Data Exchange – OPC UA A Common Language for Mining (Video)

Digitalization in mining requires a common language for data exchange between mining machines and the higher-level systems. The webinar will walk through “Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture” (OPC UA), its key benefits and the approach to jointly develop an application-oriented Companion Specification Mining. 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. Staying true to our theme of Building a Better Future, Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is bringing collaboration and innovation to you, wherever you are. Our series of interactive online events aim at providing for the global mining community with opportunities to learn, network and interact in real-time. Click here to watch.

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