The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is pleased to announce their support of and participation in the 17th SMART (Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology) Mining Industry Learning Seminar Learning Seminar. The theme for this important event is “Standards and Benchmarking for Operational Excellence”.
The seminar, a joint offering between GMSG, SMART and the University of Alberta, is to be held October 6-7, 2014 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. GMSG, SMART and the University of Alberta have assembled an impressive group of speakers covering a range of topics that are solutions-oriented and relevant.
This seminar gets right to the crux of core issues as operational and economic challenges, legislation and responsible risk management practice continue to move the benchmark we all strive to meet and exceed.
Now, more than ever, mining companies are under pressure to optimize operations- more swiftly and more cost-effectively. Standards are tools that, when adopted and embraced collectively, are an efficient means to achieving that goal expressly.
Tim Joseph, SMART Seminar Chair and Associate Professor and Director of the Alberta Equipment-Ground Interactions Syndicate (AEGIS) School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, University of Alberta says, “Across the mining industry, there is an acknowledgement of the need for more effective use of operational resources, while meeting the challenge of ensuring the sustainability of community and the environment.”
“Mining industry professionals need to not only be aware of, but be ready with operational and monitoring strategies that place us at the forefront of responsible practice. Identification and adoption of collaborative standards is cornerstone to those strategies.”
Andrew Scott, GMSG Chair, says, “The success of the growing role of innovative mining technology calls for a common industry voice, hinging on collaborative action. Standards serve to bridge the gap between proprietary entities and address immediacy in terms of delivering solutions that impact performance right away.”
Gord Winkel, GMSG Governing Council Member and leader of the GMSG Operational Safety and Risk Management Working Group says, “The pace of technology development in mining compels us to examine the benefits of standardized platforms for effective technology implementation and application. The SMART Learning Seminar profiles leading efforts in establishing operational standards, and additionally covers some of the evolving approaches to critical mining focus areas including safety and collision avoidance, frameworks for closure planning, Tier 4 engine considerations and more.”
“History has demonstrated that our collaborative efforts on important areas like these is of direct benefit to mining operations.”
The SMART Learning Seminar 2014 will be of interest to all personnel involved in mine, maintenance and operations planning, reliability, procurement, manufacturing, service provision and health and safety. Managers and supervisors will be particularly interested in the innovative strategies presented by international keynote speakers and case studies from similar mining operations targeted at alleviating key concern issues.
For the most recent speaker list, including an impressive cross-section of industry notables and the most-up-to-date conference information, click on 2014-SMART-Industry-Learning-Seminar_revised Sept17.
About the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group:
GMSG is an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices.
GMSG Managing Director