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JAN-MAR 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 11 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS The second ediঞon of the Recommended Pracঞces for Batery Electric Vehicles in the Underground guideline has been published by the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), in partnership with Canada Mining Innovaঞon Council (CMIC). The BEVs guideline aims to drive technological development to enable diesel-free underground mines. BEVs can reduce both a mine's operaঞng costs and impact on the environment, but they also require mines to make many infrastructural and procedural changes. "The health risks of diesel vehicles are considerable, especially underground," says Heather Ednie, GMG Managing Director. "In fact, diesel emissions have been classified as a Group 1 carcinogenic by the World Health Organisaঞon." Responding to an urgent need for standardisaঞon, the first ediঞon of the guideline, published in April 2017, contained only the most criঞcal informaঞon for meeঞng this need. The second ediঞon includes new content that adds context to the topics covered in the first ediঞon, presents new informaঞon based on recent technological developments and incorporates suggesঞons from those who used the first ediঞon. The second ediঞon contains a new secঞon on operaঞons covering topics such as requirements for emergency response, maintenance and operator training. It also introduces new material to help those creaঞng a business case for BEVs. The new version also expands the exisঞng charging secঞon to reflect recent technological developments, adds consideraঞons for extreme environments and provides further discussion on e-stops, master disconnects and use of dynamic braking. Over 100 industry experts parঞcipated in developing this ediঞon, and their collaboraঞon has proved how the industry can work together to drive posiঞve changes. Tom Guse, Infrastructure Lead, Mining Projects at Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operaঞons (a Glencore company) describes the guideline development process as "a great catalyst to bring the industry together to push the development of underground BEVs." He highlights that many posiঞve results came directly from discussions that "uncovered the challenges that both equipment manufacturers and operators face," which resulted in "more clarity on many of the technical aspects" for all. Jeff Anderson, Senior Mechanical Designer at MacLean Engineering, a BEV supplier, also praises the guideline development process, calling it "a tangible example of global collaboraঞon in the mining industry." The process, he explains, "has produced a pracঞcal reference document that will support the drive towards emissions-free mining the world over." BEVs v.2 guideline now released The Canada-based Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has launched a new Arঞficial Intelligence (AI) Working Group to help demysঞfy AI and enable the mining industry to harness its many valuable applicaঞons. Launched with a workshop hosted by IBM in Perth, Australia, the working group is a culminaঞon of several brainstorming and breakout sessions held at GMG events in 2018. This topic has been met with extensive support from GMG members and industry parঞcipants who want an open forum for discussion and growth around AI and to explain its applicaঞons and requirements for mining. Andrew Sco, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbioঞc Innovaঞons says the launch of the working group is another example of where the industry has raised an issue and GMG has taken up the challenge. The working group intends to create a greater understanding of AI and its applicaঞons in mining and promote increased openness to enable companies to adopt AI technologies safely and effecঞvely. It will be a community of interest on the topic, bringing together operators, AI experts from inside and outside the mining industry and other mining stakeholders. With AI becoming increasingly prolific, and its capabiliঞes such as machine learning also becoming increasingly advanced, many industries are adopঞng AI-enabled technologies with posiঞve results. Several other GMG projects, including those on interoperability, autonomous systems, short interval control and underground communicaঞons infrastructure, have touched on AI because its applicaঞon has the potenঞal enhance many other integrated technologies and processes. The mining industry "has a lot to gain from AI-based innovaঞon," says AI Working Group leader, Mark O'Brien. While the industry is beginning to recognise AI as an opportunity to harness new technology to improve operaঞonal efficiency, it is sঞll missing a clear understanding of how mainstream technologies such as facial recogniঞon, scene detecঞon, and voice recogniঞon translate to industrial seমngs. Without this clarity, it is difficult for companies to realise potenঞal benefits from AI. Mining stakeholders have a range of quesঞons and concerns, and GMG believes that AI needs to be explained in a way that builds confidence in the technology and demonstrates what successful applicaঞons in mining look like. To this end, the working group will iniঞally focus on the three following aims: Educaঞng the industry on what AI is (and is not) and defining common terminology; documenঞng successful AI applicaঞons with use cases, idenঞfying limitaঞons or failures where appropriate; making AI technologies accessible by providing clarity about requirements AI deployments. GMG launches Artificial Intelligence in Mining Working Group

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