Publish a global guideline for implementation of autonomous mining, be it just one autonomous vehicle or a fully autonomous mining system.
The Autonomous Mining International Guideline project was launched in October 2016, based on strong stakeholder request to share best practices and provide assistance to navigate the complex requirements to enable successful autonomy implementation. The project launch followed a year-long process of international workshops and forums to identify a global vision of autonomous mining.
The basis for this document grows from the Safe Mobile Autonomous Mining in Western Australia Code of Practice. A steering committee has been built to determine the scope of the guideline and develop and guide the project plan, with input from a recent workshop held in Denver.
Current project objectives are:
- Develop the table of contents for the full scope of this guideline project, including all the key sections and information categories to be included.
- Develop a definitions dictionary to ensure clarity.
- Phase 1 draft development: focusing on Surface Haul Trucks and Underground LHDs specifically.
- Completion of Phase 1 draft and full scope details for review by the end of 2017.
The creation of a homogenous autonomous mining system is part of the industry’s vision of future mining, and one that has already garnered high-level interest and support over the last few years.
The development of an international guideline will benefit from the established work of outside industries, from which lessons learned can be borrowed. By using existing standards and processes, and placing them in a mining context, the industry can make leaps and bounds in innovation and progression. In doing so, companies will be able to attract more vendors to the mining sector, leading to more competition between suppliers and a surge in innovation.
The industry will benefit from an international autonomous mining guideline through:
- Increased collaborative and constructive communication with regulators.
- Helping manufacturers and tech providers adjust their innovation and development strategies.
- Consistency in output and process control, ensuring the industry is heading in one direction, thereby fostering greater collaboration.
- Allowing owners and operators to understand data requirements and standards.
- Contribute to the work of International Organization of Standardization (ISO) technical committee 82 on its upcoming
- sub-committee on autonomous mining, and technical committee 127 on its autonomous standards work.