GMSG-AMTC joint forum looks toward the future of mining

GMSG-AMTC joint forum emphasizes collaborative work as a path to the future of mining

After a two-day event that gathered industry leaders and representatives from mining companies, big steps were taken on the journey towards developing guidelines and standards for interoperability and autonomy in the mining sector.

“Collaboration will be the backbone to achieve innovation towards future mining” was one of the main conclusions of the GMSG-AMTC Forum Santiago 2015: Building towards the future of mining, organized by the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group and the Advanced Mining Technology Center, held on November 2nd and 3rd at the University of Chile’s Enrique d’Etigny Lyon Auditorium.

“The question is, have we (as an industry) arrived at the point where the benefits of sharing are truly understood? Change is an imperative for our industry—companies today are realizing they must drive change or risk failure,” explained Andrew Scott, Senior Director of Mining Information Technology for Barrick and Chair of GMSG. “We must understand we’re all in it together and the challenge for the industry is to make decisions for the long term. We need to elevate the conversation so it becomes a movement.”

During the two-day event, representatives from several Chilean mining companies heard testimonies, experiences and reports from the industry’s global leaders. Presentations addressed topics such as interoperability, integrated operations, autonomous mining, mobile technologies and lessons learned from other industries.

The event was opened by Andrew Scott, Senior Director, Mining Information Technology for Barrick and GMSG Chair; Dr. Claudio Pérez, AMTC Principal Researcher and Research & Academic Director at FCFM-UCH, and Aurora Williams, Chilean Minister of Mining.

An interactive “Vision for the Future of Mining Panel” brought together insights from 5 industry thought leaders and discussion with all participants. Moderated by Ricardo Aguilera, Co-founder & Managing Director, iMineros, panelists included senior representatives from Alta Ley, Barrick, Flow Partners, OSIsoft, and Hatch. Key take-aways were that integrated data Access and usage, automation and interoperability, and collaboration and openness will be the greatest drivers towards future mining. Yet while technological innovation is currently increasing opportunities for the mining sector, the biggest challenge will be to manage change in the processes and strategies, and to make decisions for the long term rather than being reactive as is the current trend.

The forum’s activities switched between presentations by experts from different organizations (such as the AMTC, Barrick, OSIsoft, Hatch, Flow Partners, the Alta Ley National Mining Program from Chile, Anglo American, Schneider-Electric and Teck Metals), moderated panels and collaborative workshops with the attendants. The Executive Director of AMTC, Dr. Javier Ruiz del Solar, presented a study case in interoperability done by the Center and Codelco Chile, which caught the interest of the attendants.

Two GMSG guidelines, currently in final review, were the topic of active engagement by all participants. One Day 1, Peter Wan, Principal Advisor, Mining Technology for Teck Metals presented and hosted an interactive forum on the topic of open connectivity for devices onboard mobile equipment. A draft Mining Application Program Interface (API) Guideline is driving industry-wide engagement towards defining a solution that would offer clear, measurable benefits to safety, productivity and overall operational efficiency.

One of the main sessions of Day 2 focused on the development of a Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline that is, in essence, an agreement between global mining companies and OEMs about opening access to onboard data for the equipment owner. The subject was first addressed in a review of the outcomes from prior workshops, including the rational for open data, the guiding principles, and finally, the detailed guideline of data classifications, sub classes and specific data attributes. Later, a workshop was held in which all attendants, gathered according to interest areas, could give their input and feedback and suggested future guideline focus areas for GMSG.

At the forums closing, Laura Mottola, President and CEO, Flow Partners, summarized the spirit of the event: “It is more beneficial to industry at large to share experiences related to interoperability and integrated operations rather than remaining isolated; we have to open communication channels and work collaboratively. Competitive advantage is realized through the specific application in the context of each company, and advanced through industry guidelines and standards. People and processes must be part of every business-driven technology strategy because corporate cultures can prevent success.”

Dr. Javier Ruiz del Solar agrees with the importance of setting standards towards a more integrated mining industry: “Standards allow interoperability of equipment and devices. Why is that important? Because it facilitates, enhances and improves technological development, specialization of companies and also makes the industry more competitive. And that is especially important in Chile, where one of our Government and the public-private alliance Valor Minero’s goals is to increase the exports of mining technology and the number of world-class suppliers, and that will be accomplished only with interoperability between systems and open, clear standards.”

A list of the event presentations:

About the organizers:

The Advanced Mining Technology Center is the leading research center in Chile in Technology Applied to Mining and whose mission is to generate world-class multidisciplinary research, transfer new technologies and advanced human form responding to the challenges of mining to ensure the welfare and development Chile and the world. It was founded in 2009 and is part of the University of Chile.

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. GMSG operates on the five principles of inclusivity, collaboration, innovation, optimisation and technology. For more information please contact Managing Director Heather Ednie at

Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline in Review

The GMSG would like to announce that the “Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline” is now in the review process. The review period ends on November 20th, so industry members are encouraged to contact us and participate in this important stage in the guideline’s development.

As visibility and management of mine-to-mill operations have steadily become top priorities for leading enterprise mine operators looking to optimize their operational excellence, demands for continuous improvements in technology and information are increasing. In order for mine operators to extract value data from the mining equipment, source data detailing real-time historical performance of mobile mining equipment needs to be made available. Additionally, for OEMs to support the ongoing health and drive innovation for such equipment, they too require this important information.

Therefore, as a forward step toward developing technical equipment connectivity standards between OEMs and mine operators, the Data Access  and Usage Working Group (DAU) is asking industry participants to review their “Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline,” an industry consensus of what data groups should be made available and open to the equipment owners and why. Targeting publication in January 2016, the guideline review needs widespread industry support and participation to read, give feedback and offer suggestions for further improvement.

Amidst the ever-changing technical landscape, this guideline aims to become the foundation for evolving the current relationships between operators and OEMs and driving continued improvements in mining efficiencies. In order to get there, however, GMSG and the DAU need global and industry-wide input to ensure that the guideline covers all necessary areas, while still protecting and preserving the OEM’s intellectual property.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the guideline and participating in the review process, please contact Jennifer Curran, GMSG Working Group Administrator, at

MSHA Proximity Detection Ruling

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a ruling on January 15, 2015 (effective as of March 16, 2015) that requires all continuous mining machines in underground coal mines in the United States to be equipped with approved proximity detection systems within 36 months. While the ruling is respectably aimed at decreasing the amount of preventable hazards, injuries and fatalities that result from machines pinning, crushing, or striking miners, it appears to be a solution developed from a reduced or limited perspective and, therefore, one that is likely to come with its fair share of challenges.

For those in the industry, the MSHA ruling should not and will not come as a surprise. Proximity detection and collision avoidance has been a hot topic in the mining industry for years. In fact, MSHA used some South African mines as case studies prior to this ruling, where these systems are not only more prevalent but already made mandatory by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). Over the past few years, a number of the working groups within the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) have worked toward guidelines for the effective development and implementation of these very systems, specifically the Collision Avoidance working group, which supports current work by EMESRT (Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table), in conjunction with CRCMining.

Collectively, GSMG, its working groups and collaborative partners have aimed at determining how best to implement these systems without negatively impacting operational efficiencies, operator situational awareness, and device communication networks, to name only a few of the concerns. At this point, it is unclear how significantly these considerations weighed into the MSHA ruling.

“The MSHA decision gives credibility, importance to the GMSG mission,” says Tim Skinner, GMSG Chairman. “GMSG tries to bring the operator, the equipment manufacturer and the OEMs together to set some guidelines and standards that would address all the issues that have to be taken into consideration, looking for a cohesive or unified solution.”

From a GSMG perspective, the MSHA ruling proves just how important and urgent it is for the industry to develop and institute its own mandates. Because the mining industry relies so heavily on interconnectedness, a solution for one issue could very well impact the whole of the environment. Therefore, industry stakeholders should continue to work toward developing integrated and consolidated safety solutions, solutions that work with all present technologies and all mining operations.

With this ruling comes the potential for others like it. Already mining regulators from other regions are exploring similar rulings. While the issue of mine safety and collision avoidance is enormously important, the solutions cannot continue to be reactive and conceived in siloed development. The industry needs proactive solutions, considerate of all potentially related elements. In order to accomplish this, GMSG asks for industry-wide support and participation. For future mining solutions to be truly representative of an entire industry, global participation and engagement is required.

“Now that the first eggs been broken, GMSG’s Collision Avoidance working group becomes all the more important,” says Skinner. “If GMSG, along with all the stakeholders and member companies, don’t get in there and get this work started to set the path, then the regulators will continue to do so.”

For more information on any of GMSG’s working groups, including those working with Underground Mining, Integrated Operations (IO), Situation Awareness, Operational Safety And Risk Management, and Collision Avoidance, please contact Heather Ednie, GMSG Managing Director, at


Application Program Interface Guideline Review

The mining industry is host to a vast number of proprietary devices and technologies that are unable to communicate with other on-board and off-board technologies. As long as this communications gap exists between devices, onboard data sharing will prove insufficient and ineffective, limiting overall operational efficiency.

“Right now, with existing mining equipment, everyone is talking a different language,” says Sandy Pyke, Director of Technical Services, Peck Tech Consulting. “The key advantage is if we can get everyone talking the same language, we can use a single interface.”

It is in this spirit of collaboration and communication that the GMSG is now calling on industry and GMSG Corporate Members to come forward and help bridge the gap and unify the language.

Through the Technology & Connectivity (T&C) Working Group, the GMSG has released a draft Guideline for an Application Program Interface (API). While the API for onboard data integration itself has yet to be defined, the guideline is designed to stimulate industry engagement, feedback, requirements and potential roadblocks.

To facilitate this discussion, the GMSG has defined a list of requirements and/or assumptions, with the intent that each requirement or assumption will be debated, modified and ultimately ratified by industry during this review process.

Starting this fall, GMSG staff will be scheduling times for company representatives to review the API Guideline for device interconnectivity on mobile mining equipment. Working group leaders will also be made available to help with the review process.

The deadline for the guideline review process is late November.


Benefits of a mining API?

Peter Wan, Principal Advisor, Mining Technology, Teck Resources and leader of the T&C Working Group says “There are clear, measurable benefits attached to the pillars of mining stakeholder profitability: safety, productivity and operational efficiency.”

Safety: Enables access to onboard data in real-time and facilitates the innovation of smarter safety solutions, allowing the integration of proximity awareness, fatigue and operational data to filter out nuisance alarms and key in on high risk situations.

Productivity: Integration of data sources such as penetration rates, dig rates, fragmentation, block models, etc. enables greater insight into factors affecting total mine productivity – e.g. allowing real-time adjustments to maximize Mine To Mill returns.

Operational Efficiency: Providing timely access to both asset health and production data can identify symptoms of situations that are reducing operational effectiveness and provide insight into the root causes – and cost to the business – to identify issues requiring immediate resolution.

More Benefits:

  • Enables single point of entry for manually inputted data (e.g. operator ID, equipment status) to reduce operator interaction and enhance data quality
  • Facilitates seamless access to on-board devices and applications to create cost-savings and innovation opportunities for all stakeholders.
  •  Enhances alarm and warning notification filtering (access to associated data) to reduce nuisance alarms and increase operator situational awareness
  • Synchronizes time between devices and/or applications ensuring that data from independent systems can be correlated


The protocol shall allow applications to use and share:

  • Sensor data (GNSS receivers, tilt, speed, etc.)
  • Operator directives (log in/out, activity / delay codes, etc.)
  • Computed information (alarms, detected objects, ground composition, etc.)


While the benefits of a mining API are clear and exciting, action is needed to make this vision a reality. Participating in this review process is the first step in realizing the cost-savings and increased operational efficiencies that come with a mining API. The more industry participation and support that the review process receives in the beginning, the more effective the implementation will be in the end.

For more information: GMSG Managing Director Heather Ednie at

GMSG-AMTC Santiago Forum


GMSG and AMTC Santiago Forum 2015: Building towards the future of mining

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) will host a forum, in conjunction with the Advanced Mining Technology Centre, Universidad de Chile, in Santiago November 2-3.

Mining companies are recognizing the need to collaborate towards enabling the integrated operations and autonomous mining most often viewed as the key to a strong future for the industry. This forum will bring together global innovative leaders working towards industry guidelines, standards, and a consensus vision that are the building blocks for innovation and will focus on best practices learned globally to collectively eradicate systemic challenges that have arisen through years of siloed development.

Registration is free, though space is limited.
Register online today at:

Download the Forum Program below.

More information: contact GMSG Managing Director Heather Ednie at

Thank you to our sponsors: Barrick, Hatch, and OSIsoft.



AMIRA P1025 “Interoperability” project in full swing

The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is pleased to announce its support of AMIRA International’s P1025 – Interoperability project, launched this past month.

Aimed at identifying and leveraging all previous and current attempts at achieving interoperability, the project is also working toward collecting and developing a set of best practices and guiding principles for improved interoperability, and determining if additional support is needed for mining companies and their evolving requirements during major technology-based transformations.

During the kick-off meeting, project sponsors, BHP Billiton, MMG, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill Holdings and GMSG, agreed that interoperability can be defined as: “The ability of information and communication technology (ICT) systems and the business processes they support, to exchange data and to enable the sharing of information and knowledge. This in turn provides the ability of systems and organisations to seamlessly work together (inter-operate).”

Each of the companies involved were in agreement in terms of their expectations from the project and the key business drivers for improved interoperability in mining, which were described as:
* End-to-end process integration
* Remote operations
* Multi-vendor equipment automation
* Collection, management and analysis of field data

The project will remain open for sponsorship for the next 2 months. Any who are interested in joining the project or obtaining more information can contact AMIRA Program Managers:

Olga Verezub and Adele Seymon

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,

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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!