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  • Cybersecurity Virtual Forum Workshop Outcomes

    At the GMG Cybersecurity Virtual Forum, participants responded to questions regarding what cyber resiliency looks like in the new normal and what challenges need to be addressed. With hybrid work environments, use of equipment off-site, and newly set up remote operations, cybersecurity is more important…

  • The AI Horizon: Defining Mining Industry Priorities Workshop #2 Outcomes

    At the second AI Horizon: Defining Mining Industry Priorities workshop, participants expanded upon the priorities from the first workshop and identified which initiatives were the top priorities. Also identified were next steps for realizing these initiatives. Click below to view the workshop outcomes.

  • The AI Horizon: Defining Mining Industry Priorities Workshop Outcomes

    Outcomes from the AI Horizon: Defining Mining Industry Priorities workshop highlight what the most important immediate actions and long-term goals are for AI. Click below to view the workshop outcomes.

  • Publication: Guideline for A Standardized Time Classification Framework for Mobile Equipment in Surface Mining: Operational Definitions, Time Usage Model, and Key Performance Indicators

    Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) publishes A Standardized Time Classification Framework for Mobile Equipment in Surface Mining August 31st 2020 The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published A Standardized Time Classification Framework for Mobile Equipment in Surface Mining: Operational Definitions, Time Usage Model, and…

  • Workforce of the Future Workshop Outcomes

    The focus of the GMG Workforce of the Future workshops on June 25th and July 8th of 2020 was to define challenges and strategies regarding the changing nature of jobs, skills shifts, and community, social, and environmental impacts as the mining industry undergoes technological changes…

  • Climate Action Workshop Outcomes

    The focus of the GMG Climate Action workshops on June 17th and July 7th of 2020 was to define challenges and strategies regarding sustainability, renewable energy, and green technologies in mining. The results from brainstorming sessions will inform the focus of a potential future Working…

  • Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining now circulating for voting

    Following an extensive peer review period, the final draft of the Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining  is circulating among GMG members within the Autonomous Mining Working Group to vote on publication. If you did not receive the vote information by…

  • Publication of Advancing Employee Engagement in Mining: Insights from the 2019 MECA Symposium

    Employee engagement and soft skills have never been more important for the mining industry. A number of converging factors are changing the industry such as advanced digital technologies, emerging generations with different priorities around work, and increased social and environmental awareness. All of these changes affect the workforce, sometimes introducing new challenges, while also offering new opportunities around employee engagement…

  • Autonomous Mining: The Skills Migration needed for the Future

    As mining companies are evolving with new technologies, there’s a greater need to understand how it will impact their workforce and what is needed to ensure a smooth transition. On March 25th, GMG held an Autonomous Mining online interactive event to discuss the emerging trends…

  • Autonomous Mining: What’s Next?

    On March 25th, GMG hosted an Autonomous Mining online interactive event to discuss the emerging topics and tackle the major challenges that arise during its implementation. Autonomous Mining is becoming an important pillar in the business strategy for all mining companies, as it will ensure…

  • Cyber Security matters more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Coronvarius (COVID-19) is possibly the largest cyber security threat of all time. Cybercriminals are capitalising on the global crisis that is COVID‑19 to send fake email and SMS phishing attacks with content related to the virus.  Most of these attacks are designed to infect our…

  • Critical COVID-19 Security Advisory

    Mining & Mineral organizations across the globe are assessing and quickly mobilizing to respond to emerging COVID-19 challenges and impacts. Here are the key topics to address, according to Accenture Security: The pandemic has created social engineering opportunities, including phishing campaigns; phishing awareness is key, as…

  • GMG in the news: Rokion battery-powered vehicles hit new depths at Vale Creighton

    GMG’s recommended best practices for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in underground mining were referred to in International Mining’s recent article as a useful resource for developing standardized system for Vale’s Creighton nickel mine, which aims to lower operating costs and improve environmental conditions for its personnel….

  • What does the future of the mining workplace look like?

    COVID-19 has changed the mining reality forever, as we now need to adapt to virtual teams, new safety measures and changes in our business model and strategy. On March 24th, GMG facilitated an interactive online event on ‘The Future of Workplace’ to understand the future…

  • Boliden Aitik Electric Trolley

    Global drive to the electric mine

    The mining industry is searching for solutions to the same challenge that many other industries are facing right now: how to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. While the industry has seen some great progress in eliminating diesel from underground mines, there are still many challenges surrounding the electrification of vehicle fleets at surface mines…

  • GMG in the news: GMG Chair Michelle Ash talks mining’s dream of the future

    GMG Chair Michelle Ash was featured in Australia’s Mining Monthly, speaking to how mining’s future of fully integrated operations starting with strong understanding of the orebody and running right through the value chain may be a lot closer than some think

  • GMG in the news: Digitalisation in mines – The future of connectivity in the mining industry

    GMG guidelines were recently referred to in Mining-Technology.com’s recent article as a useful resource for mining companies like Normet to learn about and adopt best practices in underground communication and data transfer. Read the full article here: https://www.mining-technology.com/future-of-mining/digitalisation-in-mines-the-future-of-connectivity-in-the-mining-industry GMG guidelines are peer-reviewed documents that offer best…

  • Updates from the GMG Electric Mine Working Group  

    The GMG Electric Mine Working Group, launched last Fall, is gearing up to launch its first projects. A project on electric equipment tracking would capture key learnings and KPIs and enable the development of case studies. The output would be a platform that takes a…

  • Global Mining Guidelines Group's blog

    Between the Guidelines: Location Tracking Technologies

    Asset location tracking systems – for physical assets as well as personnel – have great potential to enhance value and improve safety and productivity. However, underground mines have additional challenges in this area due to the lack of GPS. The GMG Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines Part III: General Guidelines provides a high-level overview of why these tracking technologies are valuable…

  • Industry leaders to teach short course based on real-world autonomous system implementation experience

    Some of the pioneers of autonomous mining – including two of the very few operations running autonomous fleets at their sites, Imperial Oil and Roy Hill – will share their experiences at the GMG Implementing Autonomous systems short course…

  • Global Mining Guidelines Group's blog

    Between the Guidelines: People and Autonomous Mining

    An essential part of developing a business case for implementing autonomous systems in mining is to ask: how will this affect our social license to operate? This immense change will affect the workforce and the surrounding community. This important consideration is a thread throughout the GMG Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining…

  • Understanding Regulatory Challenges

    While regulations are essential to a safe and productive mining operation, there are significant challenges in their development, especially as technologies advance at a rapid pace. Panellists at the GMG-CIM Edmonton Forum discussed these challenges, the importance and the relationship between standards and guidelines…

  • Partner News: New Surface Mining Equipment Owners Group (SMEOG) Launched 

    The Surface Mining Equipment Owners Group launched at the GMG-CIM Edmonton forum in October. This group aims to continue the collaboration of the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART), a group dedicated to maximizing the value of assets through increased safety, equipment performance…

  • 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 with the Internet Consortium (IIC), the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) will be taking part in the Mining…

  • 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 Interoperability Alignment Report Cover

    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…

  • 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 Functional Safety Pyramid

    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…

  • 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…

  • Element AI’s Karthik Ramakrishnan: Connecting to the strategic big picture with AI

    Karthik Ramakrishnan specializes in helping organizations to achieve their AI ambitions. In his presentation at the upcoming GMG-CIM AI in Mining Forum, he will help mining stakeholders to take a broad view of AI, both in terms of the ways it benefits other industries and the ways it could, in turn, benefit the mining industry…

  • 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 Overall Safety Management Graphic

    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

    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…

  • GMG CIM Montreal Forum Speaker Julian Lim Micromine

    Q&A with Julian Lim of Micromine, GMG-CIM AI in Mining Montreal Forum Speaker

    Julian Lim – Product Owner and Technical Product Manager for the Pitram Mine Control and Fleet Management Solution at Micromine – will speak at the GMG-CIM AI in Mining Forum on May 1 in Montreal. His presentation is entitled Automating Load-Haul-Dump Cycle Data Capture with Machine Vision and Deep Neural Networks. We asked him a few questions about his presentation and his work.

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Roadmap to Interoperability

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

  • Implementation of Autonomous Systems

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

  • 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…

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