About GMG Projects

Projects serve as targeted efforts on a defined topic that produce tangible guidance, resources, and reference materials for the benefit of the global mining community, and are guided by a Project Committee. Throughout the entire project process, constant consultation is held with members to ensure the project is proceeding based on their input and priorities, in order to ensure the final project outcome is useful and relevant to our members.

When deciding if a project should go forward, the Working Group Steering Committee reviews project proposals, conducts an industry landscape to understand what is being done in that sphere and frequently consults with GMG Members to gauge interest and needs. Based on that member input and taking into consideration the other activities taking place within the industry and across GMG, the decision is made as to whether a new project should be launched.

Each project at GMG goes through strict processes to ensure consistency and a high-quality final result in the form of a  guideline or white paper. Further information on how new projects are launched and the decision-making process around determining which projects to launch are available in the governance manual.

A number of processes are in place to ensure the quality and relevance of published documents through adhering to the following objectives:

No competing efforts

The right level of expertise at all stages of guideline development

High quality and relevant outputs

Impact considerations


Note: There are some differences in processes for non-guideline projects. See the governance manual for more information.


Working GroupActive ProjectsProject Description
Artificial IntelligenceOpen Data Sets for AI in MiningProvide best practices for data sharing based on existing initiatives to help the mining industry benefit from the opportunities of open data.
Asset ManagementNo active projects at this moment
Autonomous MiningImplementation of Autonomous Systems v2Provide a common resource for mining companies to negotiate the rapidly changing landscape around autonomous technologies.
Small Haul Truck AutomationProvide common considerations and increasing awareness of challenges and opportunities that are specific to small vehicle automation.
System Safety for Autonomous MiningProvide more complete guidance on applying system safety to autonomous systems in mining.
CybersecurityNo active projects at this moment
Data and InteroperabilityData Exchange for Mine Software - OMFDevelop a second version of the Open Mining Format, an open-source file specification to support data interchange across the entire mining community.
Common Language for Mining TechnologyDevelop common naming conventions for the different types of mining technology across different equipment types and across different tasks and then use that language to prioritize where our efforts should be.
The Electric MineBattery Electric VehiclesProve recommended practices and a discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning needed to design for and implement battery electric vehicles in existing and new underground mines.
Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing Enable a neutral platform for the industry to monitor, track, and record electric equipment utilization.
Electric Mobile Equipment KPIs and DefinitionsDevelop common key performance indicators (KPIs) to help enable mine operators to identify equipment performance and benchmark against other mine operations with the goal of improved electric equipment performance. 
Mineral ProcessingMethods to Survey and Sample Grinding Circuits for Determining Energy EfficiencyCovers surveying and sampling Autogenous Grinding (AG), Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG), rod, and ball mill circuits within the normal range of application.
SustainabilityNo active projects at this moment
Underground MiningNo active projects at this moment