GUIDELINE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS IN MINING

GMG Guideline Implementation of Autonomous Systems

Published: 2019-04-18
Working Group: Autonomous Mining
Status: Current, revision ongoing

ABSTRACT

This guideline provides stakeholders with the tools necessary to move forward with implementation of autonomous systems in mining and advance those projects. It should be used as a first step to assist companies implementing autonomous mining projects regardless of the size and scope of project (single autonomous vehicles to highly autonomous). It also 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. It offers guidance on how stakeholders should approach autonomous mining and describes common practices. More specifically, it addresses: 

  • Change management 
  • Developing a business case 
  • Health and safety and risk management 
  • Regulatory engagement 
  • Community and social impact 
  • Operational readiness and deployment. 

TRANSLATIONS

GMG Guideline Implementation of Autonomous Systems Russian
РУКОВОДСТВО ПО ВНЕДРЕНИЮ СИСТЕМ АВТОМАТИЧЕСКОГО УПРАВЛЕНИЯ В ГОРНОДОБЫВАЮЩЕЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ

FIGURES

Figure 1. Mining Automation Maturity Model
Factors Influencing the Choice of Implementation Approach (Figure Design, GMG Contributor)
Figure 3. Change Management Progression from Preparation to Mature/Steady State (Figure Design, GMG)
Figure 4. Hierarchy of Controls for Autonomous Mining Systems (Figure Design, GMG)
Figure 5. Engineering Design Management Framework for Implementing Autonomous Systems (Figure Design, GMG)

CASE STUDIES

Skills migration for remote drill operators
Transition from haulage technicians to autonomous controllers at Vale
Rio Tinto's experience with automation improving safety for employees and creating value
Lessons learned when workforce reduction was a factor in migrating truck drivers to autonomous fleets

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