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, email@example.com
Contact information IREDES: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.iredes.org