Interoperability Definition and Roadmap

Based on the input from over 120 companies, this guideline – now in review – defines interoperability and the principles behind it and presents a high-level roadmap to enable greater coordinated efforts and industry-wide alignment on achieving interoperability.

The guideline aims to:

  • Provide common definitions, principles, terms, scope, and references.
  • Enable change in the industry from its current state to the end state.
  • Facilitate the interoperability developments of others.


Interoperability is a requirement for maximizing the capability and benefit of mining automation, digitalization, operational integration, and data analytics initiatives. Interoperability, however, cannot be solved in a vacuum. There is a need for common definitions, standards, language, decision-making criteria, and data exchange capabilities.

Participating companies

3D-P, Accenture, acQuire, Advanced Focus, Agnico Eagle, AikoLogic, Alcoa, Alma De Papel, Amazon, AMTC, Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals, Antucoya Mine, Austmine, Australian Information Industry Association, Autonomous Solutions, Barrick Gold, BBE, Bestech, BHP, Bluwrap, Boart Longyear, Boliden, Bureau Veritas, Cambrian College, Caterpillar, CBS Australia, CEMI, Cens, CheckMark Consulting, Cia Minera Antamina, Cia Minera Quechua S.A., Cia Minera Poderosa S.A., CITIC Pacific Mining, Codelco, Codelco Tech, Cohda Wireless Compañía Minera Zaldívar, Consilium Technology, CONTAC, CORFO, Cosmos technologies, CSIRO, Czero, Dassault Systemes, De Beers, DesSoft, Deswik, DFMC LA, Downer, Driver Industrial, Dwyka Mining Services, Echo Engineering, EKA, Endress + Hauser Group, Enviro Integration Strategies, Epiroc, ESCO, ETP, Euclideon, Excel Project Management, Exergia, Eye3, Farellones Ingenieria, Finning, Flinders University, Flow Partners, FM Global, Fortescue Metals Group, Fostergy, Freeport-McMoRan, Fundacion Chile, FutureAim, Fyfe, GEOBLAST, GeoSystems Analysis, Glencore, Global IO, Global Research, Goldcorp, Gold Fields, GVMapper, Hatch, Havilah Resources, HC-GROUP, Heathgate Resources, Hexagon Mining, Hill Grove Resources, Hoschild Mining, IBM, Icono Advisory, Ikkuna, Iluka Resources, Imdex Limited, iMineros, iMining, Imperial Oil, Indimin, Insys Africa Bim Solutions, Interlate, InterSystems Chile, IREDES, Iron Road, James Geo Associates, Janice Fingler & Associates, JVA, Keaton Energy, Kennametal, Komatsu, Kouchi, Larrain y Salas, Leoka Engineering Consultants, Liebherr, Logicamms, Los Pelambres, LTMT Consulting, Lundin Mining, Ma’aden, MacLean Engineering, Mantra Conrols, Maptek, Marcotte Mining, McKinsey, METS Ignited, Micromine, Mineopoly Pty, Minera Candelaria, Minera Chinalco Peru S.A., Minera Yanacocha, MineRP, MineSense Tech, Mining3, Mitacom, Mitsui Minerals Resources, Modular Mining Systems, Motorola, MST Global, MTGA, NDEVR, Newcrest, Newmont, NIOSH, Northern Star Resources Limited, Notiform, NRC-IRAP, NSR, Nueva Union, Object Management Group, Olio Technology Solutions, OPC Foundation, Orbcomm Inc., Orica USA, OSIsoft, OZ Minerals, Peck Tech, PETRA Data Science, Pivot Industries Limited, Pries & Steyn, Programa Estratégico de Industrias Inteligentes, Protab, Proudfoot, Purple Group, Qalyfe, rapidBizApps, RaptorTech, RCT, Real IRM, Resolution Systems, Rex Minerals, Rigid Robotics, Riivos, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, RPM Global, SAGE Automation, Sandvik, Scania, Scantech, Seequent, Seyo, SHYFT, Sibanye-Stillwater, Siemens, Silent Software, skymineUAV, SMART Systems Group, South Australian Government, South32, Split Engineering, Spokane Mining Research Division, SRA Information Technology, ST Computacion, Stantec, Suncor, Symbiotic Innovations, Symboticware, Syncrude, SysEne Consulting, Teck, Tekmin, The Open Group, Thermoscientific, Thiess, TKM Consulting Inc., TOMIC DESIGN, Trimble, Trust Journey, Unearthed Solutions, Universidad Andres Bello, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad Mayor, University of Alberta University of Western Australia, Vale, VectORE, Vedanta, Wenco, Westmoreland Coal, Westrac, Wipro Consulting, Worley Parsons, Yokagawa, Zen Energy