The guideline aims to provide a common resource or playbook for mining companies negotiating the rapidly changing landscape around autonomous systems. It is intended to help mining companies and those working with them at various stages on the implementation journey to understand their maturity level, define their path forward, identify where to seek additional guidance and information, and build confidence in the technologies.

This is a revision of the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining, which was first published in 2019. It will include updates, improvements, and new content based on how technologies have changed and have been applied.  

This project is led by the Autonomous Mining Working Group.


  • Provide high-level guidance, considerations, and questions to ask throughout various stages of the implementation journey.
  • Identify the benefits and risks of autonomous mining to enable informed decision-making. 
  • Assist with communications between key stakeholders.


  • Change management considerations
  • Guidance on building the business case
  • High-level health and safety and risk management considerations
  • Guidance on regulatory engagement
  • Workforce, community, and social impact considerations
  • Operational readiness and deployment considerations (e.g., mine planning and design, IT and communications infrastructure, engineering design management, and deployment and commissioning)

Key updates identified for this version include:

  • Making sure there is accurate consideration given to underground mining
  • More consideration given to different types of autonomous equipment
  • A new subsection on full lifecycle cost considerations for the business case
  • A new subsection on cybersecurity
  • A new subsection on performance and metrics
  • Expansions to existing content on executing and deploying autonomous systems


This guideline revision is in the content generation stage, and there are collaboration opportunities in writing, reviewing, and revising. We are looking for:
  • participants to contribute expertise and knowledge as subject matter experts
  • members to join the steering committee to lead the project

Contact us here and we will be in touch with more details!


July 14, 2022 | Upcoming Workshops in August: Defining Requirements for Implementing Autonomous Systems Underground

These workshops are working sessions for people in the underground mining community with the knowledge and expertise to assess the content of this guideline. The purpose of the workshops is to review the content, identify information that should be included and what does not apply to underground mining , and establish next steps in the review. Workshops are scheduled for August 9th and 24. For further detail visit our event directory: