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  • Mining IoT Reference Architecture

    GMG Participation in IIC Mining IoT Reference Architecture Framework

    Mining companies and mining equipment manufacturers can leverage Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to optimize business operations and find new revenue streams. As part of our partnership between with the Internet Consortium (IIC), the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) will be taking part in the…

  • GMG Project Location Tracking

    Emerging topic: Location Tracking

    Location tracking has emerged as a potential new project for the Underground Mining Working Group. Systems for tracking, locating and monitoring the activity of people and things have many potential benefits because they improve situation awareness and lead to safer, more productive and more efficient…

  • GMG launches two working groups on cybersecurity and the electric mine

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has just launched two new working groups on cybersecurity and the electric mine to create safe and sustainable mines of the future. Cybersecurity Working Group The Cybersecurity Working Group aims to help mining stakeholders as they look to design safe,…

  • Artificial intelligence in mining

    Foundations of AI: A Framework for AI in Mining published

    GMG has published Foundations of AI: A Framework for AI in Mining – a white paper that offers an overview of the process of planning for and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for mining companies. AI-based innovation is being used increasingly in the mining industry…

  • Overview of Tailings Management in the Mining Industry 

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), in collaboration with Cambrian College, has developed a landscape of tailings management activities in the mining industry (view it here). This study of guidance documents, project initiatives and standards from around the world provides an understanding of existing practices and initiatives…

  • Partnership announcement: The Industrial Internet Consortium and the Global Mining Guidelines Group Announce Liaison

    Organizations align to help make mining safer, more productive The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC) and the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) announced they have agreed to a liaison to help further the development of the industrial internet. Under the agreement, the IIC and GMG will…

  • Russian translation of GMG Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining now available

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is working with autonomous solutions provider RCT to translate the recently published GMG Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining. The Russian translation is now available. GMG is a global organization with members, participants and partners all…

  • Industry taskforce launched at Interoperability Alignment Roundtable

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) hosted its inaugural Interoperability Alignment Roundtable two weeks ago in Perth, Australia to accelerate progress and enhance collaboration between organizations working on interoperability. Interoperability is a priority for the mining industry and there are many ongoing projects, guidelines and…

  • Preview from upcoming guideline: visualizing the functional safety lifecycle for autonomous systems

    The Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment subcommittee has recently finished development work on the draft Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems. It is now in editing. The document will provide a consistent framework for managing functional safety. The guideline will also facilitate industry…

  • GMG publishes interoperability alignment report

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), has published a report presenting a consensus of the industry’s vision and direction for interoperability gathered through interviews and workshops with 17 mining companies on six continents. Interoperability is the key to success in automation, digitalization and integration initiatives and…

  • Preview of the GMG Time Usage Model

    The Time Usage Model below is a graphical representation of how productive and non-productive activities, statuses, and events occurring in a mining operation are classified. This model is a key part of a guideline that is in its final stages of editing and will be…

  • How are AI, machine learning, big data, deep learning and data science interconnected?

    The Foundations for AI in Mining paper, now being edited for publication, devotes an early section to “the big picture” and defines overlapping AI-related terminology. These are visualized here:   The terminology associated with AI is often a challenge because there are several frequently-used terms…

  • GMG collaboration hub survey results

    We recently conducted a survey on our collaboration software to gauge satisfaction with the current system, Basecamp and to identify the tools and capabilities that are considered necessary for efficient online collaboration. Though there were only 42 respondents, they represented a range of mining backgrounds…

  • GMG Santiago Forum: Mining representatives explored the future of mining and the impact of technologies on industry productivity

    The event, organized in collaboration with Interop, is part of a series of events that the Global Mining Guidelines Group organizes alongside local partners around the world to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing around topics facing the industry such as artificial intelligence, interoperability, asset management…

  • Job Posting: Communications and Engagement Coordinator

    Are you an exceptional communicator who takes pride in conceptualizing and producing compelling pieces? Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is searching for a Communications and Engagement Coordinator to engage with the members and steering committees of our working groups and projects. The Communications and Engagement Coordinator…

  • Positive results from open innovation at Antofagasta Minerals

    For Nury Briceño, Principal Advisor of Innovation at Antofagasta Minerals, the most important innovations to come in the mining industry will have to do with time, representing a fundamental shift from innovation in processes that have historically taken place incrementally…

  • Visualizing where functional safety fits into the bigger picture

    In last week’s Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment workshop in Santiago, Chile, small groups came up with ideas for visualizing where functional safety fits within broader processes. These draft visuals show two very different aspects of functional safety and the broader project group will review…

  • Publication: Guideline for Implementing Short Interval Control in Underground Mining Operations

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for Implementing Short Interval Control in Underground Mining Operations. Short interval control (SIC) is a structured system in which data from mining processes are periodically reviewed and action is taken in response to them. This guideline provides…

  • Partnership announcement: Global Mining Guidelines Group and Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

    Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership between their two organizations. A partnership between SME and GMG will drive increased openness in the mining industry. The SME-GMG partnership will enable SME…

  • AI in Mining panel: Lessons learned on readiness, change management and strategies

    A group of experts representing both mining companies and technology suppliers discussed practical approaches to AI in mining on a panel at the GMG-CIM AI in Mining Forum on May 1 in Montreal. The panellists: Michel Plourde, Director Integrated Operations – Innovation & Technology…

  • GMG developing Open Mining Format (OMF) Version 2.0

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data, and new technologies are adding to their complexity. While these…

  • The Doe Run Company’s Denise Callahan: Collaboration is key when integrating technology

    In an industry that she notes is “under pressure,” Denise Callahan says mining operations must use digital technology to their advantage to stay economically viable. Integrating this technology cannot happen in a vacuum – she says that those involved in all levels of each operation play a part, and that collaboration with technology providers…

  • Freeport-McMoRan’s Jose Hernandez: Mitigating risk and reaping benefits with UAS

    As new applications of various technologies are introduced into the mining industry, removing the human element from various aspects of the operations is a recurring theme. Implementing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) falls under this category. Jose Hernandez, Senior Engineer at Freeport-McMoRan, who will…

  • Publication: Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining

    The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining. The document offers a broad view of the implementation of these systems, which are being used more and more frequently due to their potential for making the…

  • GMG Partner Interop publishes Wireless Communication Guideline for Open Pit Mining

    GMG Partner Interop (Programa Tecnológico para la Creación y Adopción de Estándares Internacionales para Interoperabilidad Minera) has published their Wireless Communication Guideline for Open Pit Mining. This guideline offers recommended practices for installing telecommunications devices in open pit mining. Download it here

  • Understanding the importance of functional safety for autonomous equipment

    Functional safety for autonomous mining equipment is important to all mining stakeholders, and the interest in the ongoing GMG project is a testament to that. Its importance and priority is clear, but what does functional safety mean in this context? What does functional safety for…

  • GIRO’s Charles Fleurent on how a transport perspective could help the mining industry to move ahead

    By Chantal Hortop Charles Fleurent, Senior Director­ – Optimization Algorithms at GIRO, will be giving a presentation on software tools for transit scheduling and optimization at the upcoming GMG-CIM AI in Mining Forum in Montreal. While at first glance public transit and the mining industry…

  • Tim Skinner receives CIM Distinguished Service Medal

    Tim Skinner, President of SMART Systems Group and GMG Vice-Chair International Standards, has more than 40 years of experience in mining and mineral processing and has been a strong voice for the industry as a leader, volunteer and mentor in that time…

  • Three weeks of global collaboration

    These past three weeks have been jam-packed with enrichment at our forums in Adelaide, Luleå, and Johannesburg and multiple workshops. The future of collaboration, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and the digital mine were key topics. Here are some highlights. Collaboration opportunities from the GMG Luleå Forum…

  • GMG Launches Teleportation Project

    GMG’s Data Access and Usage Working group has officially launched a guideline project for industry alignment on teleportation technologies in mining. Quantum entanglement is becoming more and more advanced and cutting-edge teleportation devices are being developed to help mines become more productive and cost-effective. There…

  • Input from our Booth at the SME Conference

    While we were at the SME conference in February, we held a mini-workshop where we asked people who visited our booth for their input on some key questions. 1. Innovation drivers We wanted to know what drives innovation. It turns out that people, processes, information,…

  • Publication: Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines, Part III: General Guidelines

    GMG has published the third part of the Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure guideline suite: Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines, Part III: General Guidelines. This document provides the reader with an overview of the planning and design recommendations for underground communications development, some best practices used…

  • Teck’s Kalev Ruberg joins GMG Executive Council

    Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) welcomes new Vice-Chair, Kalev Ruberg, Vice-President Digital Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Teck Resources Limited (Teck), Canada’s largest diversified resource company. Ruberg brings extensive experience in information technology and business leadership to the GMG Executive Council. He has…

  • Boliden speakers to discuss connectivity and the digital mine at the GMG Luleå Forum

    Mine automation, the digital mine and underground innovation will be key topics at the GMG Luleå forum, held on March 27-28. Two speakers from Boliden ­– Peter Burman, Program Manager, Mine Automation and Stefan Castehav­, Section Manager, System Automation– will share their first-hand experiences. Boliden…

  • Artificial Intelligence Working Group announces new co-leader

    GMG’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Working Group, launched last November, now has two leaders. The group announced last week that Mohammad Babaei, Digital Mining Innovation Lead in Digital Operations at Teck, has come onboard as a co-leader. He joins Mark O’Brien, Manager, Digital Transformation at CITIC Pacific Mining­, who has been leading the group so far […]

  • Interview with OMF viewer creator Bane Sullivan

    The community surrounding GMG’s Open Mining Format (OMF) is expanding. OMF is an open-source file specification to facilitate the easy transfer of 3D data developed by the Data Exchange for Mine Software sub-committee of the Data Access and Usage Working Group. Early this year, Bane…

  • GMG Functional Safety project wins Mining Magazine 2018 Safety Award

    We are excited to announce that GMG won Mining Magazine’s 2018 Safety Award for the Autonomous Mining Working Group’s Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project. Yearly, Mining Magazine asks its readers to nominate, and then vote on, “people, companies, or groups that they feel have…

  • OMF Updates: January 2019

    So far, 2019 has been a productive year for GMG’s Open Mining Format (OMF) and the growing community surrounding it.  GMG’s Data Exchange for Mine Software sub-committee is committed to making OMF implementation straightforward. To this end, they have developed a support document that as project lead Sam Bain,…

  • Stephen Grano on the importance of integration

    Stephen Grano, Executive Director of the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER), will be one of the university’s hosts for the GMG Adelaide Forum on secure and integrated energy and mining systems on March 20-21. On why integration is important for…

  • Talking transformation with Accenture’s Liv Carroll

    Liv Carroll, Senior Principal with Accenture’s Global Mining Practice focused on Transformation in Mining and Analytics, is a geologist who has spent 17 years in consulting and due diligence, taking on various roles in many mining contexts. She has witnessed how technology has transformed how…

  • GMG launches newsletter

    We are excited to announce the launch of our e-newsletter, coming to your mailbox this week! Readers can expect interviews with industry leaders, case studies, use cases, information on guidelines, projects, and events.

  • GMG Corporate Member Report – Dec 2018

    What a great last few months at GMG, hosting events and meeting new people on 3 different continents and launching new projects. We also just published version 2 of our BEVs guideline and are excited about the 6 others we will publish by May. Read…

  • Discussing blockchain technology in mining

    Blockchain technology was the topic of an informative panel discussion at the GMG Leadership Summit in Perth in November. Initially developed to record cryptocurrency transactions, blockchains are data systems consisting of individual digital records that are securely encrypted. By design, blockchains resist data modification making them a valuable tool for maintaining transparent, auditable and immutable records to a variety of ends…

  • Launch of Artificial Intelligence Working Group

    Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is launching a new Artificial Intelligence Working Group to help demystify AI and enable the mining industry to harness its many valuable applications. GMG’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Working Group will launch November 8 with a workshop hosted by IBM in…

  • New Functional Safety for Autonomous Mining Project

    Global Mining Guidelines Group’s (GMG) Autonomous Mining Working Group is creating a new guideline to clarify functional safety requirements for autonomous equipment. The mining industry is embracing automation, but mobile automation technologies are still in the early stages of technology development. As a result, there…

  • Publication: Guideline for the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in the Underground, V.2

    The much-awaited second edition of the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in the Underground guideline is here. GMG, in partnership with Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), has published the much-awaited second version of their Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) guideline. The BEVs Guideline aims to…

  • Open Mining Format survey results are in

    In August, GMG’s Data Access and Usage Working Group conducted a survey to better understand the industry’s pain points and needs in regards to data transfer. GMG’s Open Mining Format is an open-source file interchange format that was developed to enable seamless and reliable transfer…

  • GMG Corporate Member Report – Sept. 2018

    It might have been a sunny and warm summer but that didn’t slow us down. We hosted events, made significant progress on many of our projects, are still on target to publish guidelines by year end and have been busy planning our fall Forums and…

  • The relevance and impact of AI in mining

    Artificial intelligence will be a hot topic at the upcoming GMG-CIM Edmonton Forum on October 2-3. It was also the focus of a lively panel discussion at the GMG Sudbury Forum last June.

  • GMG Battery Electric Vehicles Guideline V2 Final Review

    Final reviews of Version 2 of the GMG Battery Electric Vehicles Guideline are underway. Find out what’s new in this version here. Want to participate in the review? Email here.

  • Underground innovation, autonomous mining and interoperability at GMG’s Future Mining Forum in Sudbury

    Underground innovation, autonomous mining and interoperability were the focus of GMG’s Future Mining Forum in Sudbury last June. With more than 160 participants, the event was a success by all accounts.

  • Luleå Forum postponed

    The second installment of this year’s GMG Future Mining Forum series scheduled to be held in Sweden on September 5 & 6 is being postponed. Stay tuned to GMG as a new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Introducing Global Mining Guidelines Group: We’ve dropped the “S”!

    We are excited to announce our name has evolved! Introducing the new Global Mining Guidelines Group – or as our friends know us, GMG – it’s direct, clear, and an easy 3 letters to remember! Bye-bye “S” After 6 years of a misleading name, Global…

  • Roadmap to Interoperability

    How can the mining industry meet the challenges of interoperability? GMSG is building a path forward.

  • Member Profile: Alvaro Rozo, Hatch

    Members like Hatch’s Alvaro Rozo bring valuable perspectives and industry knowledge to GMSG and the collective advancement of the global mining industry…

  • Implementation of Autonomous Systems

    GMSG is producing an industry-led guideline to share best practices and lessons learned on the road to autonomous mining

  • GMSG Announces New Incoming Chair, Michelle Ash

    Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group announced today that Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Corporation’s Chief Innovation Officer, will become the new Chair of GMSG in May 2018.

  • GMSG January 2018 Corporate Member Report Now Available

    The GMSG January 2018 Corporate Member Report has been published. GMSG’s Corporate Member Reports are a valuable resource. Each report contains an overview of projects which are defining the future of mining and helping to create solutions to industry challenges. They also feature important GMSG news, highlights…

  • New Article on Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles

    Industry partner AusIMM has recently published an article by GMSG on the recommended practices for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in an underground environment, calling the guideline “a key tool for the resources industry”. The article details the opportunity mining companies have to move away from…

  • How GMSG is Helping to Make 3D Data Exchange Easier and More Effective

    New report proposes the creation of an Open Mining Format (OMF) as a better solution to transferring, managing and manipulate 3D information

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