Implementation guidelines of autonomous systems in mining published

May 9th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining. The document offers a broad view of the implementation of these systems, which are being used more and more frequently due to their potential for making the mining industry safer and more productive.

It covers all aspects of operations, including people, safety, technology, engineering, regulatory requirements, business process and organisation models. The guideline considers all perspectives in the industry, making it relevant and practical in implementation.

The guideline provides a framework for mining stakeholders to follow when establishing autonomous mining projects ranging from single autonomous vehicles and hybrid fleets to highly autonomous fleets. It offers guidance on how stakeholders should approach autonomous mining and describes common practices. More specifically, the publication addresses change management, developing a business case, health and safety and risk management, regulatory engagement, community and social impact, and operational readiness and deployment.

The guideline also promotes cooperation between the involved parties as a means of easing the implementation process, as mining companies will need to rely heavily on their technology partners. The guideline sets down a framework to be able to collaborate.”

This rapidly developing area requires continued reassessment of protocol, and so the guideline will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

Contact GMG Group, info@gmggroup.org

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