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gmsg 2018We are requesting assistance regarding standards that are being developed for Collision Awareness and Avoidance, and Emergency Remote Stop.

These standards development projects are being developed through an established Joint Working Group under ISO TC 127 (i.e. TC127 Joint Working Group 22 (JWG22). This is a joint working group of TC127 Earth Moving Machinery (the international committee for mobile surface mining equipment and OEMs) and TC82 Mining (the international committee for mining).

The expectation is that both of these standards development projects will eventually be situated within the work program of a new subcommittee (SC8) being formed under ISO TC 82 (Mining) on the topic of Advanced Automated Mining Systems. This new subcommittee is expected to receive final approval in early 2018 and will concentrate knowledge, research, and best practices pertaining to the use and application of advanced and automated technologies and practices specific to the mining sector. The new subcommittee has received strong support and input from the major mining countries, mining OTMs, and mine operators.

Collision Awareness and Avoidance

The development of the collision avoidance standard (ISO 21815) has been underway for about 2 years and consists of 5 parts, of which Parts 3 and 4 are specific to mining operations. Part 3 of the International Standard specifies performance requirements for collision awareness and avoidance systems for earth-moving machines used in surface mining. It applies to dumpers, wheel loaders, excavators, dozers and graders as defined in ISO 6165. Part 4 specifies performance requirements for collision awareness and avoidance systems for underground equipment and operations.

Performance requirements are defined for detecting people, other machines, vehicles, obstacles, and environmental hazards (material and voids) in the intended machine travel path in time for the machine to stop before a collision. Performances requirements are also provided to avoid excessive false detections. This also provides a process to define the size of the collision risk area as a function of machine dimensions, travel speed, steering capability, braking capability, load, response time, intended travel path, and the terrain conditions. 

We are looking for experts in the mining community that are willing to lead as an international Convenor or contribute to these new standards as a technical expert. Mining experts are also needed for participation in the part for Application for Surface Mining

Emergency Remote Stop

A new ISO standard development is now being considered for Autonomous Emergency Remote Stop. This potential new standard has major OEM interest, but needs mine operator and mining technology stakeholder input and participation. This topic was a priority of the work program developed for the new TC 82 subcommittee on Advanced Automated Mining Systems. The first critical task is identifying the scope and objective of this project and thus the resulting standard and its application. What is needed is input into this scoping task. We also need to identify experts to participate in the project. The scope needs to address a number of considerations, of which some could be:

  1. Is this one standard for all functionality, or two – one standard for a generic onboard interface that can be used for all equipment control input, and a second standard for the operator remote stop functionality?
  2. Is this for autonomous equipment only (which could be just a siloed solution)?
  3. Should it be just for trucks or all major mobile equipment?
  4. Should this include non-autonomous equipment that are interacting with autonomous equipment (this gets into interoperability)?
  5. Should it be for all equipment?
  6. Is it by area?
  7. Should this apply to underground as well?

If it is determined that this project should proceed, or it goes forward by TC127 regardless, then it is likely an ISO PWI (Proposed Work Item) phase will be launched to determine the need, problem to solve, scope, approach, structure, and potential contents of the standard. This project needs to have strong mine operator leadership and participation.

Those interested in either of these ISO working group initiative, either as a possible leader or as a technical expert, are kindly requested to contact Paul Steenhof (incoming International Secretary on ISO TC 82/SC8) @ or Tim Skinner (incoming International Chair on ISO TC 82/SC8) @ for more information.

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