The project will develop several case studies of 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 losses. 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. This project aims to develop case studies from organizations that have successfully implemented autonomous systems to help companies create a workforce that will enable autonomous mining. 


Case studies provide an opportunity to make comparison with other organizations, industries, and stakeholders, helping the industry as a whole and broadening its understanding of best practices. While they promote education, they can also help build confidence in new technology and help companies to be proactive and provide a positive experience. They are also effective communication tools that can be used across the industry, helping organizations to mitigate risks and optimize their operations. 




    2021 March | Ongoing collection and development of case studies

    GMG will soon be publishing case studies of skills migration and upskilling from organizations that have implemented autonomous systems: from Vale and Rio Tinto, as well as two anonymous case studies.

    2021 Jan | Ongoing collection and development of case studies

    Companies have begun to submit case studies, with more in progress.

    2020 Oct | Outreach ongoing and Case Studies are being developed

    GMG began reaching out to mining companies and other stakeholders to request case studies. Currently, there are multiple case studies in progress. If your company would like to get involved, please fill out the below participation form.

    2020 Sept | Case Study template approved and GMG will prepare outreach list

    The template was submitted to multiple stakeholders for their input and feedback was incorporated. Template includes information such as roles being transitioned, communication method and strategy, internal resources used or third-party enablers, employee training and facilitation (face-to-face, virtual, online, etc), education system, and more.

    2020 Aug | Case Study template available for review

    Based on the workshop outcomes, GMG developed a draft case study template to capture information about upskilling and skills migration of companies that have implemented autonomous systems. 

    2020 Jun | Project Launch

    This workshop focused on defining the key challenges that affect skills migration, examples of effective migrations, and the importance of case studies and what should be included so they are valuable to the industry. Looking to the future, case studies will help companies to successfully create a workforce that will enable autonomous mining. Click here to view.

    2020 Apr | Project Proposal Submission 

    Project proposal has been submitted to Working Group Steering Committee and is ready to be officially launched. To become part of this effort, contact any GMG staff.

    2020 March | The Future of Workplace

    Participants during GMG’s interactive online event “The Future of Workplace” on March 24, 2020, looked into different scenarios of the future of workforce in mining. Let us know about changes you are forseeing in your work environment, business processes and technology transformation.