Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project

Objective

Provide a unified industry understanding of the functional safety requirements for mobile autonomous equipment.

Description

The project aims to not only clearly define what functional safety is for mobile autonomous equipment, but also identify who is responsible for it, create a collective view of minimum requirements, and present general guidance on testing and verifying it.

This project has three primary objectives:

1. Provide an industry platform for sharing lessons from near-misses and to manage functional safety

2. Develop guidelines for:

  • A common framework for managing functional safety
  • A cross-acceptance process for certification of systems or applications
  • Operators expectations, assurance documentation requirements, including for OEM’s to meet safety duty of care
  • A standard set of safety functions and parameters that would influence the safety integrity and performance requirements

3. Produce a White Paper on the common purpose of the standards including their constraints

Business Case

The mining industry is embracing automation, but mobile automation technologies are still in the early stages of technology development. As a result, there lacks clear guidance and industry alignment on requirements for managing functional safety because:

  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are at varying stages of maturity
  • Existing standards are not explicitly developed for automating mining equipment
  • Regulatory authorities do not provide specific guidance on the requirements

Overall, there is general confusion over which standards to follow, and this project will offer much-needed clarity and direction.

 

For further information, download this poster from November 2019

Project Updates

Workshop update: Edmonton

Content development continues

We made great progress in a number of areas, including defining the scope of the guideline; starting on a definition of a competent person, fleshing out the list of reference standards and having a really good discussion on the relationship between functional safety and systems safety. Beyond these specific items, a number of other edits and additions were made throughout the document. Group members can view the most recent draft on Basecamp.

Workshop update: Perth

Content development is well underway

19/02/2019

The Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project group held a productive workshop in Perth, Australia on February 18. Operators, suppliers and subject matter experts came together to develop valuable material for the Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment guideline. Read more...

GMG Functional Safety project wins Mining Magazine 2018 Safety Award

Early recognition of this project is promising

07/02/2019

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. Read more...

Upcoming workshop in Perth, Australia - February 18

Finalizing the table of contents and begin to develop guideline content

25/01/2019

The project group has completed a draft of the table of contents. During this workshop, participants will be working to further outline the content of the guideline and launch the development of its content. Read more...

Upcoming workshop in Edmonton, Canada - March 26

Developing guideline content

03/02/2019

Participants will add to work that’s been done online and in the previous workshops to advance the guideline project. Read more...