Operational KPIs Project


To develop standard definitions and terminology for production data and operational KPIs for reporting and classifying operational activities for surface mining, enabling a common basis for production reporting and performance comparisons.


This project aims to identify common surface mining operational activities, events, and statuses. It classifies these, contributed by participating companies, into a Time Usage Model (TUM), which forms the basis for standardized common key performance definitions and indicators. The draft TUM is now in use as a pilot to capture operational activities. It is currently in the validation process.

Business Case

Performance improvement requires setting clear expectations and benchmarks and understanding where to find opportunities. This guideline and TUM, by developing standard definitions and terminology will provide this necessary clarity around how activities are reported, enabling operators to compare their performance to industry peers.

This benchmark will help identify industry leaders and best practices leading to superior performance and collaboration, which will ultimately enable industry practices to improve continually, benefiting the collective industry.

Download the project poster from November 2018 here.

Participating Companies

3D-P, Accenture, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, AVEVA, Barrick Gold, BHP, Canadian Natural Resources, Centric Mining Systems, CheckMark Consulting, Dassault Systemes, Data Mine Software, Deswik, Flow Partners, Freeport-McMoRan, Gibraltar Mine, Global IO, Hexagon Mining, IBM, JVA, Minera Yanacocha, Newmont, OSIsoft, Peabody Energy, PT Uku Tech Indonesia, Rio Tinto, Sibanye-Stillwater, Siemens, SMART Systems Group, SSR Mining, Symbiotic Innovations, Teck, The Electrum Group, Trimble,
University of Sao Paulo

Project Updates

Operational KPIs Guideline


The Data Access and Usage Working Group (DAU) has begun the review process of its Operational KPIs Guideline. Read more...