The project aims to develop a guideline for mining companies looking to implement location tracking within their mines that covers key use cases and explains the technical aspects of location tracking technologies in a GPS-denied environment.

Location Tracking has many applications in mining, and there are many location tracking technologies that are highly effective in other environments and industries.

However, many of these technologies are not customized for use in the mining industry. A lack of GPS as well as the nature of the underground environment are also problematic for the required precision and accuracy.

For use cases such as short interval control, ventilation-on-demand, and haulage planning, location tracking technology is a requirement.

However, the subject of underground location tracking is not sufficiently advanced to enable all potential use cases in mining despite the advancement of new technologies.


  • To develop a playbook for mine operators looking to implement location tracking within their mines.
  • To explain the technical aspects of location tracking and guide mine operator toward implementing practical solutions.


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March 2020 | Project proposal has been submitted to Working Group Steering Committee and is almost ready to officially launch. To become part of this effort, please contact any GMG staff.