As autonomous systems advance rapidly the second edition of the guideline will include updates and new content based on how technologies have changed.
While standards and other guidance documents exist that cover various aspects of autonomous systems, there is a need for an up-to-date, broad resource that identifies the key considerations and common practices at all stages and for all stakeholders in the implementation process.
Using this tool, mining companies at various stages on the implementation journey can understand their maturity level, define their path forward, identify where to seek additional guidance and information and build confidence in the technology.
Guideline sections that continue to be high priorities: change management, business case, health and safety, regulations, community and social impact, operational readiness, and deployment
Potential new topics: other types of autonomous equipment, zero entry mining, information technology and future scalability
Provide a common resource or playbook for mining companies to implement autonomous systems through the lens of where technology is today and with the expectation that it will evolve rapidly in the future
Identify the benefits and risks of autonomous mining enabling informed decision making
Assist with communications between key stakeholders
Specific guidance on implementation of autonomous systems in underground mining
More detailed guidance on mine design
Additional case studies from inside and outside of mining
2020 Jul | Project was presented to the Autonomous Mining Working Group
During the last virtual meeting, the project was presented to share the most relevant information gathered from the workshops. Next steps include development of the project steering committee, and seeking volunteers to review and update section and create content on new topics. To participate, please contact GMG.
2020 Jun | Virtual workshop
Workshop participants provided insight about new topics that needed to get included in the guideline, such as V2X technology, virtual reality interfaces, implementation approaches in a visual roadmap and explained, change management around software development process, local sourcing, decision risk, among other. To access the outcomes, please click here.
2020 May | Virtual Workshop
The second workshop had a same dynamic as the first workshop to ensure participation across the globe. Key topics around zero-entry mining, defining the new workforce, ESG principles, system safety, wider variety of autonomous equipment, and more. The new proposed items from the second workshop have been highlighted on blue, click here to read more.
2020 Apr | Project launch
Participants gathered to review each section of the previous guideline and discussed which topics needed to be expanded, added, updated or removed. Key topics around importance of a User Requirements Study, addressing risk aversion, remote monitoring and control, alternative communications network solutions, merging multiple applications with autonomous haulage systems, among other. To take a look at the comparative table of the proposed and previous guideline, please click here.