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 IntelligenceImplementation of AI in MiningDevelop a framework for the industry so organization can develop a strong business and technical foundation for scalable and successful AI applications.
Open 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.
CybersecurityWhite Paper Sub-CommitteeRespond to the needs of the mining industry to remain resilient to cyberthreats.
Vendor Security ManagementDevelop an actionable guideline for operators and vendors to apply when interacting new new and existing technology in the face of cybersecurity threats to enable a resilient supply chain.
Data and InteroperabilityData Exchange for Mine SoftwareDevelop a second version of the Open Mining Format, an open-source file specification to support data interchange across the entire mining community.
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 ProcessingGeometallurgyDevelop a suite of guidelines that will provide industry guidance for how geometallurgy can be used to add value for greenfield or brownfield project development and within an operating site.
Industrial Comminution Efficiency Sub-CommitteeAssist the industry in defining methods and best practices relation to comminution, by reviewing previously published guidelines relating to comminution.
SustainabilityNo active projects at this moment
Underground MiningLocation TrackingProvide case studies as a base to help mines build the business value proposition and the appropriate design and implementation plans for the location tracking underground.