Short Interval Control

This project is a partnership between GMG and CMIC


Produce a guideline outlining the current best practices for Short Interval Control (SIC) presenting all options that can be considered in the rapidly changing technological landscape.


SIC is a process that allows mining supervisors to manage tasks throughout a single shift more efficiently, enabling real-time feedback on completed and outstanding work.

This guideline, developed in partnership with the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), will be a roadmap for adopting SIC. It aims to:

  • Give the industry the required processes to optimize shift performance and use of assets in underground mines.
  • Outline possible paths from an “analog” mine to a digital mine that uses SIC.
  • Prevent common pitfalls.
  • Pave the way for the introduction of newer, more efficient technologies.
  • Help leaders identify their goals, how close they are to achieving them, and options are available for smooth implementation.

Business Case

In recent years, several high-profile underground mine operations have seen impressive results from implementing SIC, and many more are looking to do so.

The industry, however, currently lacks independent guidance on how to proceed. This guideline will deliver much-needed direction for adopting SIC technologies. It will also help companies avoid implementation problems, preventing them from abandoning their efforts due to poor implementation.

Ultimately, the successful implementation of SIC will allow for better planning, quicker decisions, increased production, and lower costs.

Participating Companies

ABB, Accenture, Acorn, Alex Atkins & Associates, Alpha Technologies, Apex Automation, AVEVA
Barrick Gold, BHP, Boliden, Business Sweden, Camborne School of Mines, Camiro, Centric Mining Systems, Commit Works, CORFO, Dassault Systemes, Data Mine Software, Datamine, Deloitte, Deswik, ECM Networks, Epiroc, Ericsson, Flow Partners, Fluidmesh Networks, Freeport-McMoRan, Glencore, Global IO, Gold Fields, Gription, Hatch, Hexagon Mining, Hindalco, IBM, JVA, Komatsu, KPMG, Lac Des Iles Mine Ltd, Lundin Mining, Maclean Engineering, Maestro Digital Mine, Micromine, MineRP, Minetec, Mobilaris, MST Global, Newmont, Newtrax, North American Palladium (NAP), Northern Light Technologies, Northern Star Resources Limited, Orbcomm Inc., PA Spatial, Prontoforms, Proudfoot Consulting, PT Uku Tech Indonesia, QVARTZ, Rockwell Automation, RPM Global, Runge Pincock Minarco (RPM), Sandvik, Scania, SDMT, Siemens, Sitech, SKF, Symbiotic Innovations, Technical University of Madrid, Teck, Terrative Digital Solutions, Thiess, Titan, Mining Corp, University of Queensland, Vale, Volvo, West Arm Consulting Group, Wipro Consulting, Yourpace