The GMSG noted that state-of-the-art technology developments have been driving mining-equipment productivity improvements forward at a steady pace, but a lack of integration has left operators faced with a confusing labyrinth of proprietary systems and multiple display devices.
This phenomenon leads to a low level of situational awareness for the operator, and can have a wide range of negative impacts from safety to productivity," said Andrew Chapman, production systems engineer, Barrick Gold and GMSG leader on this project.
Chapman said the nature of the GMSG, based on industry-wide collaboration, is enabling this project to advance quickly.
According to GMSG, the five parts within the Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines series are arranged so the user learns a fundamental concept and then builds on his or her knowledge in each consecutive part.
The Underground Communications Infrastructure Guideline sections Positioning and Needs Analysis and Scenarios and Applications are available for download from the GMSG library at www.globalminingstandards.org.