LOCATION TRACKING

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

PROJECT LATEST UPDATE

2020 Aug | Draft for Guideline and Use Case Template is under review by Project Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee will be meeting on August to review and approve the initial draft of the guideline and use case. Once the comments and feedback is incorporated into the document, GMG will be contacting the volunteers and reaching out to mining companies to get involved in the project.

Virtual Event:  Location Tracking Project Call September 8th | 8pm-9pm (EDT) | 2am-3am (CEST) | 8am-9am (AWST).  Click here to register.

PROJECT HISTORY

2020 Jul | Draft under development by GMG Technical Editor

GMG gathered all the feedback and developed an initial draft of the guideline and it’s table of content, and a draft for the use case template. If you are a mining company or provide solutions for location tracking, please contact any GMG staff to get involved.

2020 Jun | Virtual workshop #3

The third workshop expanded on topics and areas that were identified previously during the first and second workshop. Outcomes from the workshop were incorporated directly to the initial draft of the guideline and use case template. To access the outcomes, please contact GMG and become part of the Project Team.

2020 May | Virtual workshop #2

The second workshop had a same dynamic as the first workshop to ensure participation across the globe. Participants provided areas and topics to include in the project, such as guidance for tracking interoperability, awareness about location tracking, business value cost, concepts and fundamentals, considerations when selecting a system, among many others. Finally, the team developed preliminary use cases during the workshop for autonomous proximity, underground emergency response, support for fleet management systems and resource tracking and reconciliation. Click here to access outcomes.

2020 Apr | Virtual workshop #1

Participants were gathered to define the preliminary content plan of the project. The key topics that came for the project were to develop use cases and a guideline that considered a step-by-step approach that will help mining companies understand the building blocks of location tracking and how to choose the best option for their operations. Project will be focused in Underground mining only, and seeks to provide insight about technology type (radio, image-based, geomagnetic, etc.), guidance on metrics, among other.  Finally, the team developed preliminary use cases during the workshop for asset, machinery and people tracking. Click here to access outcomes.

2020 Mar | Project proposal is ready for revision

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.

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