gmsg-cmicJoint venture between GMSG and CMIC results in best practices guide for the mining industry

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) and the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) are pleased to announce the publication of the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining Guideline. This document is meant to serve as a blueprint for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to move forward in research and development, and references existing standards and guidelines related to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Before this publication, there were no documents specifically related to BEVs in an underground mining environment.

More than 100 authors from 61 contributing organizations took part in creating this guideline, which was first launched in August 2016. These volunteers were able to accomplish one year’s worth of work in only six months.

“This guideline is a great example of innovation through collaboration,” says David Sanguinetti, President, Sanguinetti Engineering, leader of Undergrounding Mining at Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), and the project manager for this guideline development. “Neither CMIC nor GMSG could have pulled this off in the timeframe that we did on our own. The only way it happened was with the two groups working together.”

The success of this guideline development project is a testament to the imperative for industry organizations to collaborate. “We (GMSG) are fortunate to have a number of collaborative partnerships with leading industry organizations like CMIC,” said GMSG Managing Director Heather Ednie. “It helps reduce redundancy of efforts across the industry and encourages swifter innovation through the pooling of expertise and resources. We look forward to further partnerships with CMIC.”

An introductory workshop on the details of the guideline held at the CIM Convention on April 29, 2017, in Montreal, Canada was sold out. OEMs, mining companies, consulting companies and more were eager to learn more about the electric mine, leading to an impromptu panel with a dozen guideline authors to discuss both general and highly technical topics.

“The best feedback was two days later when an engineer at Atlas Copco, who is responsible for electric vehicles, told me that it’s now required reading for all his engineers,” says Sanguinetti.

The consensus from the workshop is that industry members are eager to see a second version of the document, as electric mine standards and innovations are in a constant state of evolution.

“The next step would be to get more direction with the standards on the table and to engage the operator,” says Michel Serres, Vice President, Market Segment Manager Mining Solutions, ABB, and one of the guideline authors.  “It would be nice to get engagement with end users now to explain how we evolve.”

Development of a second version of the guideline is scheduled to begin by early 2018. Readers of the guideline are encouraged to share their feedback and recommendations by getting involved with the GMSG Underground Mining Working Group.

“It’s going to be great to see how close we were able to imagine the move to battery electric, and start documenting what the reality is,” says Alain Richard, Electrical Engineer at Bestech, and guideline author. “Once we start implementing, it will be interesting to see if what we imagined is true and use those experiences in the next revisions, to assist the industry in making the shift as a whole.”

The Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining Guideline is now available for download in the GMSG library.

For more information on GMSG’s guidelines work, please visit or contact Heather Ednie.

About GMSG

Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is a non-profit organization established to oversee the development of guidelines designed to be supported and used by mining stakeholders to improve the safety, operational, environmental, and financial performance of the mining industry. Through our Future Mining Forum series and hands-on workshops, GMSG facilitates open collaboration between mining industry leaders to create solutions for common industry problems.

About CMIC

The Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) has been identified and is widely recognized as the umbrella organization to coordinate innovation in the mining industry. We are a national non-profit organization that coordinates and develops projects and programs in response to life of mine challenges defined by its industry members. Our members include mineral exploration and mining companies and their service providers, working together towards common solutions to common challenges.



Heather Ednie
Managing Director, GMSG