The Asia Miner

APR-JUN 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 2 6 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the third part of the underground communicaঞons infrastructure guideline suite. The document provides an overview of the planning and design recommendaঞons for underground communicaঞons development, some best pracঞces used within mining environments and where to find more informaঞon on digital communicaঞons, standards, and frameworks. Andrew Sco, Principal Innovator, Symbioঞc Innovaঞons and GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups describes the guidelines as "a key general reference for any company looking to implement communicaঞons infrastructure at any of their operaঞons or new projects." This guideline suite was developed in response to the rapid development of industrial and communicaঞons technology in recent years. It provides a high-level view of the processes needed by mine personnel to meet planning and design requirements when creaঞng or replacing underground mine communicaঞons infrastructure. It steps the user through the general tasks and components to define the technical requirements for an underground communicaঞons infrastructure that sup ports mine services now and into the future. Speaking to the importance of this guideline, GMG Chair Michelle Ash says, "these technologies are now at the heart of mining safety and producঞvity and are becoming essenঞal for running safe, producঞve and efficient underground mining operaঞons. Anything we can do to speed up the rate of adopঞon in our members' operaঞons will make a posiঞve impact on the industry." These general guidelines form the core content of the guideline suite, which include part I and part II, which were published in 2017. "This third part", Mr Sco explains, "can be used more directly. It provides a sound foundaঞon for selecঞng the appropriate communicaঞons infrastructure, assisঞng with the decision-making process." This project has been ongoing since the Underground Mining Working Group formed in 2015. "The underground communicaঞons project group has been a very acঞve and moঞvated group of mine operators and technology suppliers," Mr Sco says. Cailli Knievel, Chief Engineer, Newmont Leeville Operaঞons, explains that what she learned while working on this guideline was "extremely relevant as Newmont moves toward increased automaঞon." It is great "to get an outside perspecঞve on items that have the potenঞal to disrupt the industry in the future." Underground Communications Infrastructure Guidelines, Part III released Bridging technology with mine safety The Internaঞonal Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) announced its governing Council of 27-member CEOs will establish an independent panel of experts to develop an internaঞonal standard for tailings faciliঞes for its member companies. The standard will be informed by a review of current global best pracঞces in the mining industry and beyond. The standard is expected to create a step change for the industry in the safety and security of these faciliঞes. The details of the standard will be defined through the review process but are expected to include a global and transparent consequence-based tailings facility classificaঞon system with appropriate requirements for each level of classificaঞon; a system for credible, independent reviews of tailings faciliঞes; requirements for emergency planning and preparedness. ICMM's Chief Execuঞve Officer Tom Butler said the standard will be based on best pracঞces to ensure that tailings facility risks are managed appropriately, consistently, and transparently. "While the standard would become a member commitment, ICMM will encourage others to join us in advocaঞng for it to be adopted more broadly," concluded Mr Butler. ICMM plans to engage with representaঞves from civil society, communiঞes, industry, investors, and mulঞlateral organisaঞons, to determine the detailed scope of the review. The review will be carried out by a team of experts from diverse disciplines, led by an independent chair and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. ICMM's CEOs have also agreed to iniঞate work to define technical guidance for the safe design, construcঞon, operaঞon, and closure of tailings faciliঞes, by drawing upon exisঞng technical best pracঞce; develop capacity and a database to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing across the industry; and consider ways to leverage member resources to enhance and opঞmise the industry's exisঞng research and training iniঞaঞves. ICMM sets out to create an international standard for tailing dams

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