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GMSG Workshops At CIM Convention, Montreal, QC May 10-14 2015

by ahnationtalk on April 13, 2015780 Views

Now is the time to get involved with the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group, as it moves towards the next stage of its evolution. GMSG will host several workshops during the upcoming CIM Convention, bringing stakeholders together to advance the work on our various projects. All are welcome. Please RSVP to

Monday, May 11
Situation Awareness: Alarm Management Guideline
8:30-10:30       Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
Review Phase 2 alarm database and determine next steps to develop prioritization scheme. This guideline is part of a suite of guidelines towards developing a unified operator interface for large shovels.

Reliability Working Group
1:00-4:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
A community of interest dedicated to the development of guidelines for reliability in the mining industry and for the sharing of knowledge related to reliability in mining. Objectives include:

  • Develop Reliability standards that align with mining operations
  • Document definitions of common Reliability terminology
  • Identify relevant reliability Metrics and KPIs
  • Document Standards of reliability performance
  • Define success criteria for reliability
  • Improved operational safety and performance through application of reliability principles
  • Create a network for reliability professionals to exchange knowledge
  • Identify, document and share reliability best practices
  • Provide an opportunity for the professional and personal development of reliability professionals in the mining industry
  • Identify tools and technologies that enable achievement of reliability objectives

Tuesday, May 12
Integrated Operations
9:00-12:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
This workshop will feature a series of corporate presentations as part of the working group’s knowledge sharing towards developing guidelines for integrated operations.

Data Access & Usage
12:30-2:30         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
An opportunity to provide input and learn about the latest developments on the three key projects of the GMSG Data Access & Usage working group: Mobile Equipment Open Data Guideline; Data Exchange for Mine Software; Operational KPIs & Definitions.

Underground Mining: Communications Infrastructure
2:30-5:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
A workshop to advance the project plan towards developing guidelines for the implementation of communications infrastructure in underground operations.

Wednesday, May 13
8:30-10:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
All GMSG participants are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.

Developing a Mining API Guideline
10:00-12:00         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
In an attempt to reduce the redundancy of data flow onboard mobile equipment, the GMSG Technology & Connectivity Working Group was formed to define a guideline or standard for applications to share data sources. With a Mining API guideline in review, this workshop aims to demonstrate the value and impact that an open platform to enable data sharing across applications promises for all stakeholders. In particular, OEMs, OTMs and operators will yield tangible value with the implementation of such a solution. All stakeholders are invited to provide input, to help assess the priorities for an API guideline and determine the final guideline that will enable step change across the industry.

Operational Safety & Risk Management
12:30-2:30         Room: 511D, Palais des congrès
Stakeholder input is encouraged to determine the best scope and path forward for the development of a guideline to assist the implementation of leading indicators for safety. Additionally, a database of Mine Safety focussed organizations is entering phase two of development, including an industry review to identify any missing data and key search criteria.

Mobile Equipment Open Data Workshop
9:00-3:00         Offsite TBD, RSVP required
The second in a series of workshops, OEMs and operators are invited to a facilitated conversation to come to an agreement about what onboard data sets should be open to equipment owners/operators. Participants are encouraged to review the draft that resulted from the initial workshop in Denver, February, and provide further input. During this workshop, comments that arose in review will be discussed, and a particular focus will be to ensure underground mobile equipment is covered in the guideline.

Operational KPIs & Definitions Workshop
9:00-3:00         Peck Tech Offices, 447 rue St. Claude, Montreal, RSVP required
The Standard Reporting and KPI subgroup of the Data Access and Usage Working Group has developed a Draft Time Classification Model based on inputs from several major mining organizations. This model captures events and activities, places them into time classifications from which the common performance definitions are derived.  The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • review the assumptions used to develop the Time Classification Model,
  • ensure all events and activities from a variety of surface mining operations are captured;
  • confirm events are appropriately classified, and
  • ensure performance KPIs address management and operational reporting needs and scenarios.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to represent their organizational needs and priorities in the draft model, which will then be presented to wider industry for final inputs and through similar regional workshops to ensure all stakeholder perspectives are reflected in the GMSG model.

Thursday, May 14
Data Exchange for Mine Software
9:00-3:00         Location TBD, RSVP required
The Data Exchange for Mine Planning Software project launched with a workshop this February in Denver. The aim of the project is to establish a protocol or series of protocols for the cross transfer and archiving of all mining related data. The aim is not to replace the changing forms of proprietary protocols, but to provide both a reliable transfer option, independent of proprietary protocols, and long term reliable archiving for all mining related data from all mining related systems.

As mine operations continue to grow in complexity, and new technology becomes available, a wide range of software packages are used to store, interpret, and analyse data gathered from equipment, sensors, personnel, and the ore body itself. To date, enabling transfer of data between these packages has, at best, required detailed proprietary efforts resulting in increased costs for both mine operators and their suppliers. This project aims to address this challenge. Participants include most of the leading vendors, plus a number of mine operators.

This second workshop will build on the plan set in Denver, including the review of the model file format; governance of the schema to ensure ongoing compatibility through future versions of vendor software; and plans to develop, test, and implement the exchange standard.

GMSG has more at CIM
GMSG is hosting a session in the CIM technical program:

Standards and Guidelines: Building Blocks for Innovation
Chair: Andrew Scott, Barrick
Presenters: Peter Wan, Teck; James Connolly, Barrick; Andy Chapman, Peck Tech; Mark Baker, CheckMark.
This session, hosted by the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group, will combine case studies of guidelines developed as enablers for innovation and operational excellence, with an open discussion about the business case for standards and guidelines within an innovative mining sector as well as best practices to develop relevant guidelines and standards and subsequently to implement them as useful change agents and risk mitigation tools in mining. Three presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Visit the GMSG Booth (JF10) on the Expo floor!
Collaboration is the cornerstone of progress industry-wide. Get involved! Reserve your spot today! RSVP to GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie at


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