GMSG, CMIC and Business Sweden co-host important event

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2017 – Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and Business Sweden in Toronto (BuS) are co-hosting a Short Interval Control (SIC) and Real-Time Control (RTC) workshop.

The workshop will be the first in-person meeting since the guideline project was launched by GMSG and CMIC. The event is an interactive forum designed to define at a high level what will be included in a SIC and RTC guideline, with participants presenting information from their fields of expertise.

The project was first proposed to GMSG’s Underground Mining Working Group following a meeting with CMIC’s Underground Mining committee. It follows the success of the Battery Electric Vehicle joint venture between CMIC and GMSG. The digital transformation of underground mines holds significant industry stakeholder interest, and STC and RTC are an example of rapidly evolving technologies on which mining companies need guidance to effectively implement.

“The upcoming workshop focusing on SIC and RTC will provide a great opportunity to take the next steps toward digitalization of underground mines, which is part of both the Swedish and Canadian mining technology roadmaps,” says Christian Orrego Silvander, Consultant and Mining Industry Advisor, BuS . “This is in line with BuS’s continued ambition of establishing a closer collaboration between the Swedish and Canadian mining industries and shaping the future of digitalized underground mines.”

The goal of SIC and RTC is to implement processes that allow mining supervisors to better manage tasks throughout a single shift, enabling real-time feedback on completed and outstanding work. Several mining companies have implemented some aspects of SIC and RTC, but there is also a lack of independent guidance on how to proceed. The guideline will provide a roadmap to implementation in underground mines.

“The guideline will be an important asset for underground mining companies looking to improve their time management and cost-efficiency,” says Heather Ednie, Managing Director of GMSG. “Stakeholder interest in this project has already been quite strong, and we expect that interest to grow once the plan is defined.”

A meet-and-greet networking reception will be held the evening prior to the workshop. Participants can enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers while connecting with peers before the workshop day.

Due to the high degree of interest in this workshop, companies have been asked to limit their enrolment to a single person up until the final week before the event. Companies that have yet to register should do so before attendance opens more widely on Friday, September 15, 2017.

A follow-up workshop will take place at the BuS headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 6-7, 2017.

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SIC and RTC Workshop

Thursday, September 21, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Miller Thomson
Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
Suite 5800
Toronto, CA

Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

Business of Sweden in Toronto
2 Bloor Street West
Suite 2120
Toronto, CA

For more information, contact:

Heather Ednie
Managing Director, GMSG

About GMSG: Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is a non-profit organization established to oversee the development of guidelines designed to be supported and used by mining stakeholders to improve the safety, operational, environmental, and financial performance of the mining industry. Through our Future Mining Forum series and hands-on workshops, GMSG facilitates open collaboration between mining industry leaders to create solutions for common industry problems.

About CMIC: The Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) has been identified and is widely recognized as the umbrella organization to coordinate innovation in the mining industry. We are a national non-profit organization that coordinates and develops projects and programs in response to life of mine challenges defined by its industry members. Our members include mineral exploration and mining companies and their service providers, working together towards common solutions to common challenges.

About Business Sweden: Business Sweden’s (BuS) purpose is to help Swedish companies reach their full international potential and foreign companies to invest and expand in Sweden. We offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support. BuS is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels. BuS was founded on the first of January, 2013, by a merger of the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet) and Invest Sweden.