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JUL-SEP 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 3 9 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS Autonomous systems in mining are being used more frequently due to their potenঞal for making the mining industry safer and more producঞve. In response to the shi[, Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for the Implementaon of Autonomous Systems in Mining, which offers a broad view of the implementaঞon of these systems. Underlining the notable breadth of the publicaঞon, Chrisঞne Erikson, General Manager Improvement and Smart Business at Roy Hill, says that the guidelines cover all aspects of operaঞons, including people, safety, technology, engineering, regulatory requirements, business process and organisaঞon models. "The guideline considers all perspecঞves in the industry, making it relevant and pracঞcal in implementaঞon," adds Ms Erikson. The guideline provides a framework for mining stakeholders to follow when establishing autonomous mining projects ranging from single autonomous vehicles and hybrid fleets to highly autonomous fleets. It offers guidance on how stakeholders should approach autonomous mining and describes common pracঞces. More specifically, the publicaঞon addresses change management, developing a business case, health and safety and risk management, regulatory engagement, community and social impact, and operaঞonal readiness and deployment. "There has been an incredible level of engagement in this project since its launch last year," says Andrew Sco, Principal Innovator, Symbioঞc Innovaঞons and GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups, who facilitated many of the workshops. "The industry interest reflects the growing importance and relevance of autonomous systems in mining and the industry's need for a unified framework for miঞgaঞng risks and managing change while maximising the value of autonomy." Chirag Sathe, Principal, Risk & Business Analysis Technology at BHP – one of the project co-leaders alongside Glenn Johnson, Senior Mining Engineer, Technology at Teck – says the guideline is relevant even to those who have already embraced autonomy "I would say that even though some mining companies have implemented autonomy, it hasn't been a smooth ride and there are a number of lessons learned. This guideline would be a good reference material to everyone to look at various aspects while implemenঞng autonomy. It is not meant to provide answers to every potenঞal issue, but it at least may provide some guidance on what to look for." Erikson confirmed, staঞng that Roy Hill's involvement has given greater insight into industry learnings that were considered as part of its own autonomous projects. The guideline also promotes cooperaঞon between the involved parঞes as a means of easing the implementaঞon process. " Although implemenঞng autonomous systems creates new challenges, such as changes to the workforce and the workplace, their successful deployment adds definite value, with improved safety and efficiency and lower maintenance costs. This rapidly developing area requires conঞnued reassessment of protocol, with GMG intending to review and update the guideline on a regular basis. Guideline for the implementation of autonomous systems in mining released Autonomous systems are shaping the future of mining Quantum entanglement is becoming more and more advanced and cuমng- edge teleportaঞon devices are being developed to help mines become more producঞve and cost-effecঞve. The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) believes that there is, however, a need for industry alignment on teleportaঞon and the data concerns associated with it. Teleportaঞon technologies can help solve many logisঞcal challenges that mines face. Some of the world's most valuable resources are located in isolated areas. Unঞl now, this has been addressed by having a fly-in/fly-out workforce and developing remote operaঞon centres, which both present significant challenges. These technologies will also reduce the ঞme industry leaders spend travelling and will help them bring maximum value to their companies. "While it sঞll seems like futurisঞc technology," says GMG Chair Michelle Ash, "teleportaঞon has the potenঞal to change how the industry works. This guideline project will help to align the industry as we move into a teleportaঞon- enabled future." There are also challenges when it comes to teleportaঞon. All human aributes need to be recorded and transmied, raising several data ownership, privacy, and cybersecurity concerns. Developing a common language and establishing best pracঞces are also necessary to prevent teleportaঞon-related accidents. Doc White, Mining Teleportaঞon Innovaঞon Lead at SHORT Mining will be leading the project. "We're excited about how teleportaঞon can reduce our costs and also reduce employee burnout," says Mr white. "But since these technologies are so new, our efforts have been primarily trial and error, so we need to move forward together." "The human factor is key," says Sco Beamie of Teleportaঞon Achievement, Realisaঞon and Development Infrastructure Soluঞons. "People sঞll think of these technologies as the stuff of science ficঞon, so we need to cut through the hype and focus on pracঞcal soluঞons." GMG launches teleportation project

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