Provide a unified industry understanding of the functional safety requirements for mobile autonomous equipment.
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:
3. Produce a White Paper on the common purpose of the standards including their constraints
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.
ABB, Airobotics, Alex Atkins & Associates, Ambuja Cements, AMOG Consulting, BHP, Cadia Valley Operations, Calibre Global, Canadian Natural Resources, Canary HLE, Caterpillar, CITIC Pacific Mining, CSA Group, Edge Case Research, Epiroc, Finning, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Gold Fields, Government of Alberta, Haultrax, Hitachi, Imperial Oil, JDS Mining and Energy, JVA, KMC Mining, Komatsu, Laing O’Rourke, Liebherr, Maclean Engineering, Marcus Punch Pty., METS Ignited, Minetec, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Labour, Modular Mining Systems, Newmont, NIOSH, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Phoenix Contact, Proudfoot, RCT, Riivos, Rio Tinto, Rock-Tech, Sandvik, SAP Asia, Scania, Schneider Electric, Seyo, SMS Equipment, Stantec, Suncor, Symbiotic Innovations, Syncrude, Teck, Whitehaven Coal
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...
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...
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...
Participants will add to work that’s been done online and in the previous workshops to advance the guideline project. Read more...