Implementation of Autonomous Systems Project


Publish a globally relevant guideline for the implementation of autonomous systems in mining.


This project will enable global mining companies and OEMs to adopt and successfully implement autonomous mining systems with the aid of common practices. It aims to communicate and educate and covers the following key areas:

  • Functional capability
  • Functional safety
  • Change management
  • Communications with the workforce and the local community
  • Interactions with regulators

This guideline will be an expanded checklist or playbook, providing mining companies and OEMs with the tools for the implementation of autonomous mining from planning to final stages. Drawing on lessons learned from other industries, it covers new and existing mining operations, all stages of material processing, and various levels of autonomy.

Business Case

The creation of a unified autonomous mining system is part of the industry’s vision of future mining, and it has been gaining momentum in recent years. All sectors are affected by its advancement, and there is a need for a comprehensive guideline for implementing autonomous systems.

The industry will benefit from this guideline, which will:

  • Increase collaborative and constructive communication with regulators.
  • Help manufacturers and technology providers adjust their innovation and development strategies.
  • Unify the industry by making mining companies’ process controls more consistent.
  • Promote the integration of innovative new technologies from parallel industries.

The successful implementation of autonomous systems adds clear value: it can increase production efficiency, lower maintenance costs, and improve safety. It also, however, presents challenges including security and safety risks and workforce and workflow changes. This guideline will not only assist in maximizing the value of autonomy but will also provide a framework for mitigating risks and managing change.

For further information, download this poster from November 2018


Participating Companies

3D-P, ABB, Accenture, Adria Manufacturing Inc., Agnico Eagle, Alma de Papel, Amazon, AMDAD, AMSA, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Antofagasta Minerals, Antucoya Mine, Applied Mining Technologies, ARIGAL, Asociacion Peruana de Control Automático en Minería, Austrobots, Automated Systems Alliance, Autonomous Solutions, AVST Consulting, Barrick Gold, Batchfire Resources, BBA, Bestech, BHP Billiton, Blast Movement Technologies,  Bluwrap, BMT, British Coloumbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, Calibre Global, Capstone Mining Corp., Caterpillar, Cementation, CEMI, CF Mining, CGM, CheckMark Consulting, CITIC Pacific Mining, Cia Minera Antamina, Cia Minera Quenchua S.A., Cia Minera Poderosa S.A., CITIC Pacific Mining, Codelco, Commit Works, Compañia Minera Zaldívar, Consiac TI, Consorcio Inversiones Pacifico, CONTAC, CORFO, Czro, Inc., Dassault Systèmes, Data Peru, De Beers, DMC Mining, Driver Industrial, Epiroc, Equifax Perú S.A., Erdenes Mongol LLC, ETF Mining Equipment, Eye3, Farellones Ingenieria, Finning, Flanders Electric, Flow Partners, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Fostergy, Freeport-McMoRan, Fundación Chile, GEOBLAST, Glencore, Global Research, Gold Fields, Goldcorp, Government of Alberta, GV Mapper, Hard-Line, Hatch, Haultrax, HC-GROUP LLC, Hexagon Mining, Hochschild Mining, Howden Simsmart Technologies, Hudbay Minerals, Iamgold, Icono Advisory, Ikkuna, IMagosoft, iMineros, Imperial Oil, Indimin, INTER SERVICE, InterSystems Chile & Latam, Ionic, ITI Solutions, JVA, Kenna Metal, Kinross Gold, Komatsu, Kouchi, Larrain y Salas, Liebherr, LTMT Consulting, MacLean Engineering, Maptek, McKinsey, METS Ignited, MG Trading, Minera Candelaria, Minera Chinalco Peru S.A., Minera Las Bambas, Mineopoly Pty Ltd., Minera Yanacocha, MineWare, Mining3, Mitsui Minerals Resources, Modular Mining Systems, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Mosaic, MST Global, MTGA, Natural Resources Canada, Nevsun Resources Ltd., Newmont, Nexa Resources S.A., Nick Courtois Automation & Technology Consultant, NIOSH, Nueva Union, Nutrien, Off World, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, OP3 Consulting Pty Ltd., Optimal Mining Solutions, ORICA, Origin, Organum Technology, OSIsoft, Polaris Australia, Partners in Performance, Peck Tech, Pivot Industries Limited, Protab, Proudfoot Consulting, Queen’s University, QUT, R&O Analytics, Rapid Biz Apps, RCT, Real IRM, Red3H Triple Hélice para el Desarollo, Rigid Robotics, Rio Tinto, Robotic 3D Systems, Rock-Tech, Rockford Engineering Works, Rockwell Automation, Roy Hill, RPM Global, Sandvik, Scania, SHYFT, Sibanye-Stillwater, Siemens, Sitech, skymineUAV, SMART Systems Group, SMM Gold Cote, SMS Equipment, SRK Consulting, SSR Mining, ST Computacion, Stantec, Strata Worldwide, Strategy Focused Innovation, Suncor, Symbiotic Innovations, Syncrude, Teck, Teletrac Navman, Thiess, Torex Gold, Toromont CAT, Trade and Investment Queensland, Trimble, Trust Journey, Universal Field Robots, Universidad Mayor, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Queensland, Unmanned Arial Services, Uptake, Vale, Virtual Business Links, VIST Group, Western Australia Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), Whitehaven Coal, WSP Mining, and Yourpace


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