Interoperability Definition and Roadmap


Develop a universal roadmap that enables greater coordinated efforts and industry-wide alignment in achieving mining interoperability.


This project provides a foundation and common guiding framework for the international mining industry to use to move forward with interoperability. It takes a broad approach to accommodate interoperability’s holistic role in enabling the seamless integration of mining systems and technology.

The guideline aims to:

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

Business Case

There are many active and planned interoperability development initiatives by different industry stakeholder groups. Despite this interest and activity, there has been little progress.

Interoperability is a complex subject and there many different views and interpretations of it. Therefore, a comprehensive guiding framework is needed to move interoperability forward in the industry.

Additionally, technological advancements such as automation, integration, and data analytics are becoming increasingly sophisticated, necessitating coordinated international efforts and industry-wide alignment.

This guideline will provide this much-needed aligned framework for achieving interoperability, which will enable:

  • Broader engagement
  • Improved communication
  • Better operating excellence
  • Improved equipment development and deployment

Ultimately, interoperability will create a more productive, safe and sustainable industry that will adapt to new technologies.


Participating Companies

3D-P, AcQuire Technology Solutions, Alcoa, Alma De Papel, Amazon, Ambuja Cements, AMTC, Antofagasta Minerals, Antucoya Mine, Bestech, BHP Billiton, Bluwrap, Cambrian College, Caterpillar, Cens, CheckMark Consulting, Cia Minera Antamina, Cia Minera Quechua S.A., Cia.Minera Poderosa SA., Codelco, Codelco Tech, Compañía Minera Zaldívar, CONTAC, CORFO, Cosmos technologies, DFMC LA, Endress + Hauser Group, Enviro Integration Strategies, Epiroc, ESCO, ETP, Exergia, Eye3, Farellones Ingenieria, Finning, Flow Partners, Fostergy, Fundacion Chile, GEOBLAST, GeoSystems Analysis, Glencore, Global Research, Goldcorp, GVMapper, Hatch, HC-GROUP, Hexagon Mining, IBM, Ikkuna, iMineros, Imperial Oil, Indimin, InterSystems Chile, IREDES, James Geo Associates, Janice Fingler & Associates, JVA, Komatsu, Kouchi, Larrain y Salas, Liebherr, Los Pelambres, LTMT Consulting, Lundin Mining, Maclean Engineering, Maptek, Marcotte Mining, METS Ignited, Mineopoly Pty, Minera Chinalco Peru S.A., Minera Yanacocha, MineRP, MineSense Tech, Mitsui Minerals Resources, Modular Mining Systems, Motorola, MST Global, Newmont, NIOSH, Notiform, NRC-IRAP, Nueva Union, Object Management Group, Olio Technology Solutions, OPC Foundation, Orbcomm Inc., OSIsoft, Peck Tech, Pivot Industries Limited, Protab, Qalyfe, RCT, Rigid Robotics, Sandvik, Scania, Seequent, Seyo, SHYFT, Siemens, skymineUAV, SMART Systems Group, Split Engineering, Spokane Mining Research Division, ST Computacion, Suncor, Symbiotic Innovations, SysEne Consulting, Teck, Tekmin, Thiess, TKM Consulting Inc., TOMIC DESIGN, Trust Journey, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad Mayor, University of Alberta, Vale, VectORE, Wenco, Wipro Consulting