GMSG will be hosting a two-day workshop on June 21-22 for the Underground Mining Working Group, taking place in the Rio Tinto offices in Brisbane, Australia.
The targeted participants include underground mine operators, mine planners, mine IT workers, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractors and related vendors.

Workshop Objectives
Day One Will include a review of the work to date by the Underground Communications Infrastructure subcommittee and a continuation of the development of a guideline. This guideline will be a formal documentation to be used by the mining industry as a reference for the frameworks, standards, processes and procedures supporting digital communications in an underground mine environment.

Day Two Will be split between two other areas of collaboration for the underground mining community. In the morning, there will be a session on the IREDES protocol. The focus will be on GMSG’s development of a user’s guideline intended to drive increased and consistent implementation of the IREDES protocol across operations and equipment, and the movement toward developing a seed document to bring IREDES to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as a new work item.
In the afternoon there will be a round table discussion on a Vision of the Electric Mine. The session will examine how to determine the tools, processes, and standards required to enable electric mobile mine equipment in the underground mine with the goals of eliminating diesel particulates and driving down the soaring costs associated with ventilation and cooling.