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.

The white paper will provide context and education of system safety, its history in other industries and the benefits it can provide in delivering safe systems balanced with a system that can be operated effectively. It aims to provide confidence to the industry that a system safety approach to delivering automation in mining is appropriate for the future of the industry.

It will address the use of automation within the mining sector, both surface and underground. It will apply to all automated moving equipment and to the integration of automated and semi automated moving equipment and automated fixed plant, as well as to complex integrated systems of systems across the mining sector. It will be aimed at all stakeholders within the mining sector with the aim of eliciting support for further development of a consolidated approach to system safety within mining.


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

Th 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.