Research Project

Development of Integrated Common Operator Interface for Shovel Mine Vehicles

Presentation at ISARC, August 2013, Montreal

Status as of June 21, 2013

This spring, Peck Tech Consulting was engaged to develop a proof of concept software implementation of a common display to allow the integration of multiple vendors’ systems into a single screen.

They are working towards an API approach to connecting to onboard devices and are preparing to present the first iteration of this Unified Shovel Display POC at the World Mining Council on August 15 in Montreal during a jointly held workshop between GMSG and EMESRT.

Situational Awareness WG Survey results

Presentation at GMSG CIM Technical Session, Andrew Chapman, GMSG SA Working Group Project Lead
Towards_a_Unified_ Shovel_ Display

Past Project Updates:

December 31, 2012

Final Project Report and Final Project Report UI Description now available online.

(see SA Technologies project presentation)

 December 13, 2012:

Task 2: Design user Interfaces for Shovel Operators has been completed and presented, and Task 3: Conduct Initial User Review and Testing of the Prototype Displays is well underway, with operator review/feedback follow-ups partially completed.

The Situation Awareness Working Group focus is now on looking beyond Task 3, to dig deeper into the GDTA results to establish an incremental approach to applying SA logic to mine operations. Engagement with stakeholders will remain a key priority. In particular, along with mining company and OEM Working Group members, there is a need for involvement of technology vendors. Interested parties please contact Heather Ednie at

In 2013 efforts will be made to develop a case study scenario, to which certain GDTA results can be used directly to improve and/or solve an observed problem.

A conference call for the Situation Awareness Working Group will be scheduled for early 2013.

MSGC Shovel UI Progress Report Task 2

MSGC Shovel 19in Storyboard – Main, Task2

MSGC Shovel 19in Storyboard – PreCheck Task2

MSGC SA Common User Interface – Shovels, Status Report – August2012

September 12, 2012:

One week into September, two site visits have been completed as part of Task 1 of the Development of a Common User Interface for Large Shovels project. SA Technologies personnel visited Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine, in British Columbia, and Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike Complex in Nevada.

On site the focus was on operator interviews (4 to 5 per site) as well as plenty of onboard observations on different shovel models (P&H wire rope 2800s and 4100s). Significant differences in cockpit configurations were observed, site to site, but also between shovels at the same site. These differences are to be acknowledged by the output of this project.

A key focus of this project is that it is to be operator-driven, and will include operator feedback once the prototype is developed.

Currently, the information gathered during the site visits is under analysis. More information will be available during the GMSG General Meeting and Workshop on September 25, 8:00 – 11:30 (Las Vegas Hotel), during MINExpo.

July 2012

SA Technologies will be executing a three-task project beginning in July 2012, for the development of integrated common displays for shovel mine vehicles.

Task 1: Conduct Situation Awareness Requirements Analysis

  • determine the SA requirements for Shovel Operators using a Goal-Directed Task Analysis (GDTA) process
  • GDTA sessions will be conducted with 4-6 shovel operators through a series of observations and individual knowledge elicitation sessions
  • Result: the needed SA requirements will be identified and documented in the form of a GDTA for this role. The functional requirements associated with the roles will be detailed and integrated with the GDTAs.

Task 2: Design User Interfaces for Shovel Operators

  • Based on the GDTAs developed in Task 1, design prototype display designs for shovel operations
  • Accompanying prototype screen designs, documentation for each display will describe the functionality provided by each button or tool

Task 3: Conduct Initial User Review and Testing of the Prototype Displays

  • an initial user review of the draft Shovel Operator displays with subject matter experts
  • cognitive walkthrough to determine initial usability, understandability, information completeness and functionality
  • results used to iterate the UI Specification

SA Technologies is a cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of training and operator interfaces for advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for aviation, air traffic control, medical, military and power operations. SA Technologies is considered an industry leader in the analysis, design and measurement of situation awareness. Customers include the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Army as well as many industrial clients.