New Workshop at the World Gold 2015 Conference

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GSMG) would like to announce that it will be hosting an interactive workshop, “Evaluating Comminution Energy Efficiency,” at the upcoming World Gold 2015 Conference. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend this free pre-conference workshop. The workshop will take place on September 28th, 2015 at the Misty Hills Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information or to register, please contact Raymond van der Berg


Evaluating Comminution Energy Efficiency


This is a course for metallurgical professionals about the sampling and evaluation of energy efficiencies for typical mining comminution circuits.  The methods and guidelines presented are applicable to AG (autogenous grinding), SAG (semi-autogenous grinding), SABC (semi-autogenous, pebble crusher and ball mill) and SAB (semi-autogenous and ball mill) circuits.


As mining companies increasingly focus on cost reduction and energy efficiency improvements, within a challenging operating environment, it is of substantial value to focus on the costs and energy efficiency associated with comminution circuits.  As such, there is a need for mining professionals to be able to quickly and easily assess opportunities for improvement within their comminution circuits.  These improvements aim to reduce both: unit operating costs and unit energy consumption.  A reduction in the aforementioned metrics improves both the financial performance and unit emissions of the circuit.

Comminution (size reduction, primarily through crushing and grinding) is a major cost centre within most mines.  For mining facilities comminution is generally responsible for a substantial share of energy usage at a mine site. Placed against other contributing factors, such as (1) diminishing run of mine ore feed grades; (2) rising energy costs; and (3) a continued focus on greenhouse gas emissions,  there is a need for innovative tools, solutions and support.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of assessing comminution energy efficiency within a typical mining comminution circuit, including:


•             Best practice circuit sampling

•             Efficiency evaluation using the Bond method

•             Efficiency evaluation using the Morrell method

•             Planning your path forward to better performance


The course comprises an interactive workshop session, covering each of the each of the major sections described above, plus supporting figures, tables and references, appendices and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 6 hours.


The GMSG Industrial Comminution Efficiency (ICE) Working Group aims to standardize metrics and methodologies for the evaluation, benchmarking, and improvement of industrial comminution efficiency within the hard rock mining sector. The guidelines presented arise from the collaborative work of internationally recognized consultants, mining vendors and mining operators.



Reliability Working Group looking for Industry Contributors

The Reliability Working Group (RWG) is an operator focused group whose purpose is to provide a network and forum for reliability professionals in mining to exchange knowledge and share reliability best practices in a mining context, resulting in improved asset reliability, productivity, safety and lower operating costs.

As part of its initial objectives, the RWG is looking to develop common maintenance and reliability terminology, definitions, and KPIs, enabling the development and comparisons of common practices and the benchmarking of results.

To support this objective, any operations that wish to participate in the initial work of the RWG are encouraged to contribute their maintenance and reliability KPIs and definitions. These results will be anonymously aggregated and a set of consensus definitions will be developed through a series of workshops and on-line interactions.

The primary mechanism of interaction will be Regional Round Table Discussions and Best Practice workshops to facilitate face-to-face networking and discussion, supported by on-line collaboration and knowledge sharing, and WebEx-based meetings.

For further information on how to join and/or contribute, please contact Zoltan Lukacs at

Another objective of the RWG is to develop a sub-committee to bridge the mining industry with the work of the ISO technical committee 251 on Asset Management and, in particular, the ISO 55000 standard. This committee will launch in October 2015, prior to the meeting of ISO TC 251 in November.

To get involved or learn more, please contact Jennifer Curran at

The RWG philosophy is to collaborate with related organizations and to leverage their experience and knowledge in applying a range of existing standards and best practices to a mining environment. It aims to identify the common elements of successful reliability programs, including the processes, tools, and technologies that enable the achievement of reliability objectives. The development of leading and lagging indicators will also allow for comparison to industry standards and best practices.

GMSG forms Common Reference Framework Working Group

June 25, 2015

GMSG has formed a new working group to collaborate with The Open Group’s Exploration, Mining, Metals and minerals (EMMM) forum. The objective of the working group is to assess the EMMM industry standards as context models for the industry. The desired outcome will be a user’s guideline outlining its use and application.

“GMSG strongly supports the identification of proven best practices as a means to providing the best possible tools to industry.  The Open Group has established the path to success by creating a comprehensive reference model. GMSG is excited to participate in bringing this innovative tool to the next level with a user’s guideline, and promoting the use of the model globally,” says Andrew Scott, GMSG Chair and Senior Director, Mining Information Technology, Barrick.


Without a commonly accepted framework providing a generic description of the mining business, every new initiative starts afresh with issues of explaining objectives and solutions to mining industry challenges.

“The Exploration and Mining reference framework defines the operating context for the industry. It acts as a guide, providing context to the operations in the industry,” says Sarina Viljoen, The Open Group EMMM (Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals) Forum Director and Specialist Consultant: Real IRM Solutions.

Stakeholders are as diverse as their mining company origins and the dictates of their specific discipline. Most will have a technical silo based view of the mining business, not necessarily wrong but potentially incomplete. Across the industry, the same words are used to mean different things and different words to mean the same thing. Any framework must at least address these and other matters of a common understanding of the mining business.

Over the last two decades, several attempts have been made at producing generic descriptions of the mining business; often in isolation and from a technical silo perspective. Models from other industries have been tried and found wanting. More recently,  The Open Group, a global Information Technology standards setting consortium via its Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Forum has published, scrutinized, tested and approved standard models covering the full value chain of the mining industry.

The first in the series is a process based view of the mining business and the second, a business capability view for the exploration and mining  organization. More models are in the pipeline.


The working group will engage mining stakeholders to review existing and in-progress EMMM models with a view to verifying their usefulness for industry.

The formation of this group supports the notion of collaboration as a meaningful industry tool by which to identify and disseminate practical solutions to address common stakeholder problems as they strive for operational excellence.

“The collaboration between The Open Group’s EMMM forum and the GMSG will allow us to relate operational level projects to the context definition provided by the Reference Framework, providing a more holistic view of the mining business and the areas where the industry plays,” explains Viljoen.

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.

For more information, or to indicate your interest, contact GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie.

GMSG Workshops At CIM Convention, Montreal, QC May 10-14 2015

Now is the time to get involved with the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group, as it moves towards the next stage of its evolution. GMSG will host several workshops during the upcoming CIM Convention, bringing stakeholders together to advance the work on our various projects. All are welcome. Please RSVP to

Monday, May 11
Situation Awareness: Alarm Management Guideline
8:30-10:30       Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
Review Phase 2 alarm database and determine next steps to develop prioritization scheme. This guideline is part of a suite of guidelines towards developing a unified operator interface for large shovels.

Reliability Working Group
1:00-4:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
A community of interest dedicated to the development of guidelines for reliability in the mining industry and for the sharing of knowledge related to reliability in mining. Objectives include:

  • Develop Reliability standards that align with mining operations
  • Document definitions of common Reliability terminology
  • Identify relevant reliability Metrics and KPIs
  • Document Standards of reliability performance
  • Define success criteria for reliability
  • Improved operational safety and performance through application of reliability principles
  • Create a network for reliability professionals to exchange knowledge
  • Identify, document and share reliability best practices
  • Provide an opportunity for the professional and personal development of reliability professionals in the mining industry
  • Identify tools and technologies that enable achievement of reliability objectives

Tuesday, May 12
Integrated Operations
9:00-12:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
This workshop will feature a series of corporate presentations as part of the working group’s knowledge sharing towards developing guidelines for integrated operations.

Data Access & Usage
12:30-2:30         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
An opportunity to provide input and learn about the latest developments on the three key projects of the GMSG Data Access & Usage working group: Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline; Data Exchange for Mine Software; Operational KPIs & Definitions.

Underground Mining: Communications Infrastructure
2:30-5:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
A workshop to advance the project plan towards developing guidelines for the implementation of communications infrastructure in underground operations.

Wednesday, May 13
8:30-10:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
All GMSG participants are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.

Developing a Mining API Guideline
10:00-12:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
In an attempt to reduce the redundancy of data flow onboard mobile equipment, the GMSG Technology & Connectivity Working Group was formed to define a guideline or standard for applications to share data sources. With a Mining API guideline in review, this workshop aims to demonstrate the value and impact that an open platform to enable data sharing across applications promises for all stakeholders. In particular, OEMs, OTMs and operators will yield tangible value with the implementation of such a solution. All stakeholders are invited to provide input, to help assess the priorities for an API guideline and determine the final guideline that will enable step change across the industry.

Operational Safety & Risk Management
12:30-2:30         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
Stakeholder input is encouraged to determine the best scope and path forward for the development of a guideline to assist the implementation of leading indicators for safety. Additionally, a database of Mine Safety focussed organizations is entering phase two of development, including an industry review to identify any missing data and key search criteria.

Mobile Equipment Open Data Workshop
9:00-3:00         Peck Tech Offices, 447 rue St. Claude, Montreal, RSVP required
The second in a series of workshops, OEMs and operators are invited to a facilitated conversation to come to an agreement about what onboard data sets should be open to equipment owners/operators. Participants are encouraged to review the draft that resulted from the initial workshop in Denver, February, and provide further input. During this workshop, comments that arose in review will be discussed, and a particular focus will be to ensure underground mobile equipment is covered in the guideline.

Thursday, May 14
Data Exchange for Mine Software
9:00-3:00         Peck Tech Offices, 447 rue St. Claude, Montreal, RSVP required
The Data Exchange for Mine Planning Software project launched with a workshop this February in Denver. The aim of the project is to establish a protocol or series of protocols for the cross transfer and archiving of all mining related data. The aim is not to replace the changing forms of proprietary protocols, but to provide both a reliable transfer option, independent of proprietary protocols, and long term reliable archiving for all mining related data from all mining related systems.

As mine operations continue to grow in complexity, and new technology becomes available, a wide range of software packages are used to store, interpret, and analyse data gathered from equipment, sensors, personnel, and the ore body itself. To date, enabling transfer of data between these packages has, at best, required detailed proprietary efforts resulting in increased costs for both mine operators and their suppliers. This project aims to address this challenge. Participants include most of the leading vendors, plus a number of mine operators.

This second workshop will build on the plan set in Denver, including the review of the model file format; governance of the schema to ensure ongoing compatibility through future versions of vendor software; and plans to develop, test, and implement the exchange standard.

GMSG has more at CIM
GMSG is hosting a session in the CIM technical program:

Standards and Guidelines: Building Blocks for Innovation
Chair: Andrew Scott, Barrick
Presenters: Peter Wan, Teck; James Connolly, Barrick; Andy Chapman, Peck Tech; Mark Baker, CheckMark.
This session, hosted by the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group, will combine case studies of guidelines developed as enablers for innovation and operational excellence, with an open discussion about the business case for standards and guidelines within an innovative mining sector as well as best practices to develop relevant guidelines and standards and subsequently to implement them as useful change agents and risk mitigation tools in mining. Three presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Visit the GMSG Booth (JF10) on the Expo floor!
Collaboration is the cornerstone of progress industry-wide. Get involved! Reserve your spot today! RSVP to GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie at

SMART Learning Seminar: Standards and Benchmarking for Operational Excellence

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.

For registration and other information, please contact GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie, at or click here to register today!

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.


Heather Ednie

GMSG Managing Director


GMSG Announces Support for IREDES

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is pleased to announce their support for IREDES (International Rock Excavation Data Exchange Standard). The groups will work together to formalize IREDES as an international ISO norm by officially proposing the IREDES protocol to the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 82.

IREDES, a not-for-profit organization, is the result of several major players in the mining and construction industries joining forces with a shared goal to develop a standard that connects rock excavating machines and IT infrastructures through a common language, while reducing the need for individual software development projects. Based on XML, the IREDES standard is open sourced, and provides a communication bridge through which rock excavation and mining equipment is connected to office systems.

This partnership is reflective of GMSG’s proactive stance on the role of collaboration, in recognition of the strength of industry-wide impact when synergies are fused, especially when it comes to data connectivity.

GMSG Chair, Andrew Scott says, “This partnership is an important step in helping drive the operational efficiencies that come with adopting standards, particularly when it comes to mining technology. We are pleased to promote standards, like those proffered through the IREDES initiative that can assist in bridging gaps in interoperability. These ultimately contribute to the optimization of operational processes.”

Prior to IREDES, even though equipment was automated and data controlled, incompatible data formats meant that workflow stalled.  Data and reports were being gleaned from several, single proprietary interfaces that were ineffective both from a cost and from a quality assurance point of view, making each step along the mining process chain operationally isolated. The chairman of the IREDES initiative, Dr. Christoph Mueller, states: “Numerous projects have shown that the IREDES standardized information exchange was the precondition for efficient operation of modern equipment which will become more important in the future when mining companies start to increase efficiency by optimization of their entire operational processes”.

As automation becomes more prevalent industry-wide, IREDES fills an important need by addressing this lack of interoperability between machines, contributing directly to productivity and to cost efficiency. In removing the need for multiple interfaces, process optimization in mining is more easily achieved.

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.

Contact information GMSG: GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie,

Contact information IREDES:,

GMSG Announces Launch of Global Mining Standards Repository

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is pleased to announce that its Global Mining Standards Repository is live.

Across the mining industry, the challenge to do more with less persists, against shrinking budgets and growing expectations surrounding operational efficiency.  Stakeholders are relying more heavily on innovation and on the business benefit of collaboration.

Furthermore, standards, guidelines and best practices have been identified as valuable tools that can assist in the bid for operational efficiency. Through research conducted with various stakeholders across the industry, GMSG has identified an industry-wide gap in communication of and in access to these standards.

GMSG Chair, Andrew Scott, says, “There are such a great number of standards bodies, both at the international and national levels, that mining companies can be hard pressed to find the standards they require to advance their organizations. One of GMSG’s key objectives is to bridge that gap, and ease the implementation of standards in mining by making them more accessible. The launch of our searchable standards directory is a step forward.”

With input and participation from various standards bodies, professional associations and stakeholders from around the world, GMSG has compiled a Searchable Mining Standards Database. The aim is to provide a comprehensive, global information resource that is readily accessible to interested stakeholders, and that can be modified over time to ensure that data is up-to-date.

Standards are sorted by various fields, including geographic affiliation, standards body and field of interest, giving users the chance to delineate their search specifically.

As the database is an ongoing project, stakeholders are invited to contact GMSG with input on additional standards to include with the Global Mining Standards Repository. Please contact GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie, at

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.


Heather Ednie
GMSG Managing Director


GMSG Releases Proof of Concept Video

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, is pleased to announce the release of the Proof of Concept video from the Situation Awareness Group. This offering is the latest in GMSG multimedia intended to engage and educate stakeholders.

To view the video, click here.

GMSG has developed a functioning, manipulatable Unified Shovel Interface proof of concept, which was unveiled at the World Mining Conference last summer. Since then, the Proof of Concept has been updated as more stakeholders connected and a more robust version has appeared at various mining events around the globe and is gaining exposure and notoriety as an important tool to promote collaboration and a new way to approach the multiple systems required for mobile mining equipment. The Proof of Concept effectively provides a unified operator interface that pulls together the many divergent systems onboard large shovels.

The video is an important demonstration and promotional tool, which will assist in raising interest and awareness, both around this project itself and around group initiatives.

Situation Awareness Group Leader, Andrew Chapman says, “This video is a recording of our shovel display manager Proof of Concept in action.  In essence it is a common area where several different applications from distinct (and occasionally competing) companies are simultaneously displayed, selectable for focus and interaction.  The Proof of Concept itself has been on display at numerous mining events such as CIM, SME and WMC, where it has garnered significant attention from the mining community at large.”

In addition to its promotional value, the video underscores the value of a collaborative environment in terms of being able to take visible steps toward streamlining operations, productivity and safety.

Chapman says, “This effort has brought together a variety of stakeholders from the industry, all recognizing the value of technological symbiosis within mining equipment.  There is a strong desire from the mine operators to reduce the number of screens in their equipment, and the Situation Awareness working group is guiding the development for the OTM’s.”

Global Mining Standards Group Announces New Chair

The Global Mining Standards Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Chair, Andrew Scott.

In addition to his post at GMSG, Mr. Scott is currently the Senior Director, Mining Information Technology, for Barrick with the scope of providing technical information systems and support for the entire Mining Process. This includes everything from exploration, feasibility, construction, production, reconciliation, through mine closure.

Mr. Scott takes the helm of GMSG at a critical time, as the group gains momentum and as its membership grows, while the need for solutions to industry-wide problems around operational efficiency persists. The importance of GMSG’s role as a means to provide collaborative solutions is becoming more apparent.

For Mr. Scott, the priorities are clear. “We want to demonstrate that we are truly a global organization.” He says that plans for the coming year include a greater presence in South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Other priorities include securing sustainable funding from partners and supporters; they also plan to ensure that existing working groups are fully supported. Currently, GMSG fields groups in Industrial Comminution Efficiency, Situation Awareness, Underground Mining, Data Usage and Access, Onboard Technology and Connectivity and Operational Safety Management, and very recently, Collision Avoidance, in partnership with CRCMining.

Another point of interest, says Mr. Scott, is to continue the work that GMSG is doing with ISO as a Liaison Organization, which is another example of GMSG forming strong partnerships.

Mr. Scott says that the willingness of partners to participate actively in GMSG initiatives is a testament to the proven power of collaboration, especially when it comes to identifying solutions. He cites GMSG partnerships with CRCMining EMERST and the Open Group as key. They are reflective of how different organizations are able to “identify synergies” and share leverage in a bid to move forward together as an industry.

“The industry is very supportive of working together. This is becoming apparent with regulators too, who don’t want to set standards, but are keen to work with standards organizations. We (GMSG) are becoming a vehicle that ensures that there is collaboration around formation of standards and ultimately, regulations.”

Mr. Scott attributes much of the group’s success to date to this function.

Mr. Scott is excited at the way in which the industry is willing to work together, and thinks that it is indicative of the promise that the future holds. “In our working groups, where there are volunteers, all from different aspects of the industry and they recognize that in working together, we can achieve so much.”

GMSG to Partner with CRCMining

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, is pleased to announce the formation of a collaborative relationship with CRCMining.

CRCMining has recently become a sponsor company of GMSG and will drive the formation of the GMSG Collision Avoidance Working Group. CRCMining is the pre-eminent industry-driven centre for global mining research and innovation.

Success in the mining industry is becoming increasingly reliant both on innovation and on collaboration and the new partnership between CRCMining and GMSG is reflective of this movement. Through matching synergies, mutual benefits are derived by sharing of best practices and experiences. This collaborative context and new partnership aims to maximize both groups’ capabilities.

Tim Skinner, Chairman of GMSG, says” “The partnership with CRCMining provides a unique and powerful opportunity.  The new relationship builds on the mutual strengths of CRCMining and GMSG, and thus creates a strong global complementary team.”

Both groups share a common interest in identifying and introducing tools and practices that optimize operations through improvements to safety, productivity and cost efficiency. Of particular interest to both groups are technologies and processes related to automation, energy efficiency and safety, and are extended to cover underground, surface and hard rock mining.

Membership for both groups is drawn from a vast cross-section of industry stakeholders, with diverse points of view that breed innovation.  Mining companies, equipment manufacturers and tertiary educators are all represented in the membership for each of these groups.

“The partnership will bring together mining knowledge and capability of global resources that has not been seen before.  The efforts of CRCMining and GMSG will achieve greater results together than what could be created individually. Simply, the sum of the whole is more impacting than the sum of the individual parts,” explains Skinner.

CRCMining currently concentrates on five research programs: Hard Rock and Surface Mining; Underground Coal Mining; Automation; Energy and Power; and Performance and Reliability. GMSG’s current working groups include Industrial Comminution Efficiency, Situation Awareness, Underground Mining, Data Usage and Access, Onboard Technology and Connectivity and Operational Safety Management, with their newest, Collision Avoidance, expected to be formed with CRCMining’s direction in the coming months.


GMSG Workshop: Collaboration for Innovative Solutions Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Workshop comes to Johannesburg

The upcoming Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) Workshop, to be held Thursday, 30 January 2014 at the Professional Development Hub, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, promises to be relevant, timely and interactive.

Collaboration that yields innovative solutions is becoming more essential as stakeholders seek out-of-the-box strategies that meet the dynamic ebbs and flows of this cyclical industry, to maintain viability with an eye toward profitability.

GMSG boasts global reach and involvement, spanning 90 companies and participants around the globe, making the conversation truly international. GMSG serves an important role as the ʻtable and chairsʼ providing the platform for the industry-led collaboration

Local industry members will benefit particularly from an opportunity to address their specific needs, and how GMSG’s mandate is supportive of their interests. Topics to be covered will include a discussion of the needs of the African/Southern African mining community, with regards to standards, guidelines and best practices, and opportunities to participate in and lead developments with peers from around the world. Time will be set aside for round table discussion and networking.

Attendees can expect to learn about the latest developments and progress with GMSG’s various initiatives and projects that include:

  • Development of a unified shovel operatorʼs interface
  • Underground communications infrastructure implementation
  • Development of a standard metric for energy in comminution
  • Leading indicators for safety guidelines
  • Operational KPIs and definitions
  • Collaboration and participation with International Standards
  • Organizations

For more information, click here GMSG Workshop Johannesburg 30 Jan 2014.pdf or contact Heather Ednie, GMSG Managing Director, at

Don’t delay. Spaces are limited. Register Today!


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Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group Forms Industrial Comminution Efficiency Standard Working Group

The Global Mining and Standards Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, is pleased to announce the formation of their newest Working Group : “A Standard for Industrial Comminution Efficiency ”.

This new Working Group emerges at an important time. The industry is working feverishly to cut costs, but lacks standardization or common best practice to deliver solutions in the most expeditious way-particularly when it comes to efficient energy use.

It is a well-known fact that comminution (or size reduction), primarily through ore crushing and grinding processes, is responsible for the lion’s share of energy use in the minerals business.  When this is placed in the context of today’s challenging operational environment, the resulting statistics are staggering.

The CEEC (Coalition for Eco-efficient Comminution) puts comminution energy use at 53 percent of the total energy use at a mine site.  Additionally, they translate this to at least 10 percent of site production costs.

The objective of this Working Group is to refine and formalize industry best practices for applying the Bond method of quantifying comminution efficiency, including provision of a benchmarking data base for industry wide use.

The Working Group Leader will be Robert McIvor, who has devoted his 40-year career to improving the processing performance of grinding equipment and circuits. Launch of this project was motivated by widespread recognition of the need to reduce mining industry size reduction energy usage (as promoted by CEEC), and to provide a metric to feed into related initiatives such as the AMIRA P1126 Energy Efficiency Benchmarking project.

A page providing more information, including how all interested parties can contribute to this project, will soon be established on the GMSG website ( ). In the meantime, contact Heather Ednie, Managing Director of The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group  at  for information.

GMSG to Host First Australian Event in Conjunction with World Gold 2013

Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group Workshop: Creating community to drive operational excellence

As Australian activities continue to expand, the Global Mining and Standards Group is hosting their first Australian event.  Prior to the opening of World Gold 2013 in Brisbane, GMSG is offering a free workshop, intended to serve as an introduction for interested stakeholders to GMSG, as well as offer information on current activities and initiatives. This is a rare, interactive opportunity presented at a time in the industry when innovation and collaborative efforts to support operational efficiency are crucial.

Location: Redlands Room, Hilton Brisbane Hotel

When: Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 – noon. In conjunction with World Gold 2013

Register: This workshop is free. Register online

Information: GMSG Managing Director Heather Ednie at

Workshop attendees can expect to discuss and learn about our objectives and roles, with information on current projects, including:

  • Unified Shovel Display: creation of a simplified, operator-designed shovel display (screen) to eliminate the hazards of multiple screens throughout the cab.
  • Leading Indicators Practice Guidelines: developing supporting guidelines for implementation of leading indicators as outlined by ICMM.
  • Access to Onboard Systems and Real Time Data: plug and play access to real time data from onboard systems for better performance and operational results.
  • Operational Data Requirements and KPIs: develop a common terminology and definitions across industry, and identify data needed to run the operation.
  • Underground Communications Infrastructure Implementation: identified as a priority area for standards/guidelines by GMSG stakeholder surveys; Phase 1 – case studies of ‘lessons learned’ by companies; Phase 2 will look at guidelines to assist implementation projects at new sites.
  • Development of a Standard Metric for Energy in Communition building on existing standards, and in support of Amira’s and CEEC’s objectives.

Finally, new projects in the pipeline, including Collision Avoidance, Mine Planning/Engineering, and Occupational Standards and Skills/Training will be highlighted.

Don’t delay. Space is limited. Register today!

GMSG events at World Mining Congress/ISARC: Invitation to RSVP

Please join the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group during the World Mining Congress and International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC). Please RSVP to to attend the following events:

Wednesday, August 14, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal:

8:30 – noon:

  • Data Access and Usage (Room 512A)
  • Underground Mining (Room 512B)
  • Operational Safety and Risk Management (Room 512F)

1:30 – 3:30:

  • Situation Awareness and Technology & Connectivity working groups (Room 512A)

Thursday, August 15, at the Montreal Hyatt Regency:

EMESRT-GMSG Workshop (8:00 – 5:00)

The Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) is partnering with the GMSG:

  • Introduction to the EMESRT Initiative
  • Overview of EMESRT Design Evaluation for Equipment Procurement (EDEEP)
  • EMESRT successes during 2012/2013 and future plans
  • Discussion of the status of EDEEP in mining companies and OEMs
  • Proof of concept for a Common User Interface for Shovels and development of next steps
  • Development of an application programming interface (API) for mobile mining equipment
  • Overview of GMSG and EMESRT and a cooperative path forward

Register online!

Note! GMSG will be in Booth JF01 during the WMC/ISARC Exhibition – we hope to see you there!

Leading Indicators for Safety: Survey Now Open!

The GMSG Operational Safety and Risk Management Working Group invites participation in a survey about Leading Indicators for Safety. The results of this survey will help determine the most effective way to build on the document published by ICMM last November. The goal is to enable all mining companies to be able to incorporate Leading Indicators in their safety programs, and work towards a standard definition to enable cross-industry comparisons.

Fill out the survey now!

Mine Equipment, Productivity and Safety Improvement through Integrating Technology—A Collaborative Development of a Unified Shovel Operator’s Interface and Display Proof of Concept

As state-of-the-art technology developments drive productivity improvements of mine equipment forward, a lack of integration has left operators faced with a confusing labyrinth of proprietary systems and multiple display devices. One example is on large shovels, today loaded with numerous independent operator interfaces and screens in the cab, posing potential safety risks such as lessened visibility, complacency/no- or insufficient-response, and inadequate situation awareness due to data and information overload. Operator efficiency and productivity are negatively affected as operations wrestle with the task of turning a vast amount of real time equipment and production data into supportive operating information. This myriad of instruments needs to be orchestrated into an integrated interface designed to ensure the right information is available to the operator at the right time.

In response, the Global Mining and Standards Group (GMSG) is developing a highly effective unified operator interface that will pull together the many divergent systems onboard large shovels. Work began in 2012 by SA Technologies, through site visits to Teck’s Highland Valley Copper Mine, in British Columbia, and Barrick Gold’s Goldstike Complex, in Nevada. On site interviews and onboard observations with 14 shovel operators fed the design of a unified operator interface that was made public by the end of the year.

“The overall goal is to mitigate against the proliferation of displays in equipment cabs.  This phenomenon leads to a low level of situational awareness for the operator’s, and can have a wide range of negative impacts from safety to productivity,” says Andrew Chapman, Production Systems Engineer, Barrick Gold and GMSG leader on this project. “We have focused our efforts on porting multiple independent data streams to a unified display while prioritizing the available alarms and information.”

This spring, Peck Tech Consulting was engaged to develop a working proof of concept (POC) software implementation of a Unified Shovel Interface which integrates multiple vendors’ systems into a single interface using one-to-two displays.  They are working towards a standard Application Programming Interface (API) for connecting onboard devices, and will produce a practical working example of a Unified Shovel Interface.

According to Sandy Pyke, Director of Technical Services, Peck Tech Consulting, this project is poised to enter the industry at a crucial time, and carries the potential to shift the operational landscape by addressing the divisive nature of existing operator interfaces and technologies. “This project is important because it will define a means for systems built by different suppliers to work together on one integrated display. These suppliers are often competitors and achieving cooperation between them is difficult if not impossible without the definition of some form of standard.”

The project addresses some potential barriers from stakeholders, which is why it is being developed and rolled out in multiple phases and generations. Says Pyke, “The first phase is aimed at allowing these systems to share a common screen with little to no involvement from the system supplier. ”

“The second phase grows from this and allows those suppliers to send information to the display to communicate some information. The interface will be simple to implement and the benefit to them will be that they are now able to request that their application take the focus based on a prioritisation scheme. Everyone will want their system to be in focus of course, so a prioritization scheme will be defined as well.”

“The last phase of the third generation is to support shared services from the display such as GPS location information, engine parameters, sensor parameters and the like. This would allow simpler application development and minimise the amount of hardware that each supplier needs to provide to make their application work.”

Pyke added that they currently intend to demo phase one of the first generation in August, and are hopeful that the next phase will follow in quick succession because of an encouraging response from equipment vendors.

Chapman concurred, adding the nature of GMSG, based on industry-wide collaboration, is enabling this project to advance quickly. In fact, while Peck Tech is donating a high level of in-kind support, other companies are also enabling the project to move forward by providing equipment: a mobile computer from GuardVant, a touch screen display from Azonix, and camera and hardware from Motion Metrics.

“Perhaps the most significant challenge associated with this initiative is the proprietary nature of the technology vendors—this is a fiercely competitive market,” says Chapman. “Despite this fact, our working group has attracted an impressive list of OTM’s (technology manufacturers), OEM’s (equipment manufacturers), consultants and mine operators, and grows with each passing week.  I am continuously surprised and impressed with the willingness of companies to collaborate with the group—not only does this lend credibility to our endeavors, but also speaks volumes about a new and exciting culture change within the mining industry with respect to collaborative innovation.”

The functioning, manipulatable Unified Shovel Interface proof of concept will be unveiled during a joint workshop between GMSG and the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), on August 15 in Montreal, in conjunction with the World Mining Congress and the International Symposium on Automation and Robotics for Construction and Mining (ISARC).

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group facilitates global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices.


Heather Ednie

GMSG Managing Director


Innovative Solutions to a Safer Mining Workplace through Technology: EMESRT-GMSG Workshop Registration Online

The Global Mining and Standards Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, is pleased to announce its upcoming one-day joint workshop with the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT).

The workshop is to be held on Thursday August 15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal in conjunction with the World Mining Congress (WMC) and International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC). This important event offers crucial, timely information about details of both groups’ latest developments.

Workshop attendees can expect to expand their toolkit of information to include such topics as:

  • Introduction to EMESRT, 2012/13 successes and plans
  • Overview of the EMESRT Design Evaluation Process for Procurement (EDEEP)
  • Discussion of the status of EDEEP in mining companies and OEMs
  • Proof of concept for a Common User Interface for Shovels and development of next steps
  • Development of an application programming interface (API) for mobile mining equipment
  • Overview of GMSG and EMESRT and a cooperative path forward

“Historically, companies have asked OEMs for safety features that went beyond ISO standards, however the requests were often splintered and divergent, and manufacturers could not justify the costs of making most changes. As a result, companies have been forced to modify or retrofit equipment in order to mitigate safety deficiencies in mobile equipment designs before they go into service, impacting production and financial returns. This struggle is not unique, and has left many wondering, how can we correct this self-perpetuating situation?  EMESRT is the way, “says Ben Scholz, Principal Mine Engineer, Mine Engineering, Technical Services, Newmont.

This event is lauded by industry members as being a key component in taking great strides forward towards achieving a safer mining workplace. This workshop offers real-time, relevant discussion and experience. For instance, workshop participants will be among the first to witness the proof-of-concept for a unified user interface for large shovels.

After Attending, workshop participants will leave with:

  • Connection: Exposure for individuals/companies to other like-minded companies with a common goal of improving industry safety.
  • Value: Demonstrated in the proven track record of engagement with senior levels of OEM organizations and illustrated in requests for EMESRT assistance in the equipment design evaluation
  • Implementation and Innovation: OEMs even going as far as taking EMESRT’s principles beyond mobile fleets and using the tools in the fixed plant areas.

Space is Limited. Register Today!
Registration fee: $75. Includes lunch and coffee breaks
Register online through the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum:
EMESRT-GMSG Workshop Registration
Workshop website: EMESRT-GMSG Workshop
Heather Ednie
Managing Director, GMSG

GMSG Project Development at CIM Convention: Final Invitation

The GMSG will be hosting a number of events during the CIM Conference in Toronto next week. If you haven’t already, please RSVP to and confirm your participation.

All events are open, and we welcome new participants.

GMSG AGM & Workshop
Wednesday, May 8, 8:30 – noon
Room: 201CE, MTCC main floor

  • 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group
  • Workshop: break-out working sessions
    • Technology & Connectivity
    • Data & Access
    • Situation Awareness
    • Asset Management & Operations
  • Summary, sharing session

Operational Safety and Risk Management Working Group meeting
Monday, May 6, 2:00 – 4:00 EST
Room: Wellington, Intercontinental Hotel (adjacent to MTCC)
Dial-in available upon request.

  • Development of Corporate safety systems guidelines and best practices
  • Development of Leading Indicators guidelines
  • Mine safety stakeholder survey

Underground Mining Working Group meeting
Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 – 4:00 EST
Room: 206F on the main floor of MTCC
Dial-in available upon request.

  • Analysis of Underground Mining Data Usage stakeholder survey results
  • Confirmation of priorities working areas, path forward

The Operational Mindset
GMSG Session in CIM Technical Program

Room: 206 BD – Operations
Time: Monday, May 6, 2013 – 14:00
Session Description: The competitive global marketplace requires mining companies to continuously innovate to forge new ways to remain competitive and responsible in an ever complex world. Successful companies keep one eye on future development while maintaining an exacting focus on operational excellence in the present. This includes investing in innovation, rigorous approaches to continuous improvement within operations, and ongoing efforts to benefit from proven best practices, guidelines and standards. This session will look at the application of innovative developments, standards, guidelines and best practices within existing mine operations that have had proven results.

GMSG Underground Mining Stakeholder Survey on Data Accessibility now open

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group’s Underground Mining Working Group has launched its stakeholder survey, to identify commonalities and pain points regarding accessing data and connectivity issues in the underground mine environment.

Results of this survey will be used to plan next projects for the Group. The survey is open to all stakeholders, available through the GMSG website, and circulated by CIM, SME and AusIMM to their members.

GMSG will make the survey results publicly available. The survey close date is April 22, 2013.

Follow this link to complete the survey.

GMSG 2012 Report on Activities and 2013 Plan available online

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group 2012 Report & 2013 Plan is now available on the GMSG website.

This document includes a report of activities for the GMSG’s first year of operations in 2012, plus an overview of the 2013 plan for GMSG Council as well as all 6 working groups.  Budget and revenue information is included at the end.

For more information, please contact GMSG Managing Director Heather Ednie at