This guideline suite is to be used as a reference for the frameworks, standards, processes, and procedures supporting digital communications in an underground mine environment. The first two parts, Positioning and Needs Analysis and Scenarios and Applications were published in 2017. The third instalment, General Guidelines was published in March 2019.
This project is a guideline suite designed to assist improved communication and network infrastructure underground. It focuses on planning, development, and sustainability in an underground environment.
It aims to provide a high-level view of processes and is intended to be a reference tool that:
The recent rapid development of industrial and communications technology increasingly benefits mining activities around the globe.
Companies need to implement this new communications infrastructure to support new technologies such as teleremote operation and short interval control. This process is especially challenging for underground mines because:
The guideline suite, as a consistent and clear reference, is a helpful tool for key personnel to understand how to approach the strategic integration of new technology into the entire mine lifecycle to increase profit, operational effectiveness, and safety.
ABB, Accenture, Agnico Eagle Mines, Alexander Proudfoot Africa, Alternate Futures PTY Ltd, Ambra Solutions, Anglo American Ltd, Aveva Group PLC, Barrick Gold, BBA, Bestech, BHP, Caterpillar, CBS Australia, CEMI, Cisco, CommitWorks, CSIR, Dassault Systemes GEOVIA, Datamine, De Beers Group Services, Deloitte, DesSoft, Deswik, DetNet, Dexcent, Dwyka Mining Services, E.C. MacDonald Inc., Echo Engineering Ltd, Epiroc, Excel Project Management, Glencore, Global IO, Gription, Hatch, Hexagon Mining, iMining, Inisys Africa BIM Solutions, Innovative Wireless Technologies, Ivy Tech Trading, JG & Co Management Consulting, JV Associates, KNS Communications, Komatsu, KPMG, Laird, Leoka Engineering, Maclean Engineering (Africa), Maestro Digital Mine, MetsTech, Micromine, MineRP, Minetec, Motorola, MST, Newmont, Newtrax Technologies, NL Technologies, North American Palladium, Northern Lights Technology, ORBCOMM, PA Spatial, PACE, Purple Group, Rio Tinto, Rockwell Automation, RPMGlobal, Sandvik Mining, Schneider Electric, SDMT, Sibanye-Stillwater, SITECH WA, Stantec, Technical University of Madrid, Telstra, Terrative Digital Solutions, Tetherco, University of Queensland, Thiess PTY Ltd, Thyssenkrupp, Torex, Transrupt, Tunnel Radio, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, Vale, West Arm Consulting Group, Wipro, Worley Parsons, Yamana Gold
Part III: General guidelines is now available in our guideline library. Read it here
Part II: Scenarios and Applications is available in our guideline library. Read it here
Part I: Positioning and Needs analysis is available in our guideline library. Read it here