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New Functional Safety for Autonomous Mining Equipment Project

GMGGlobal Mining Guidelines Group’s (GMG) Autonomous Mining Working Group is creating a new guideline to clarify functional safety requirements for autonomous equipment.

The mining industry is embracing automation, but mobile automation technologies are still in the early stages of technology development. As a result, there lacks clear guidance and industry alignment on requirements for managing functional safety. When it comes to requirements for managing functional safety, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are at varying stages of maturity, existing standards are not explicitly developed for automating mining equipment, and regulatory authorities provide little specific guidance. Overall, there is general confusion over which standards to follow, and GMG’s Autonomous Mining Working Group plans to offer this much-needed clarity by developing a guideline on functional safety requirements for autonomous equipment.

Launch of Artificial Intelligence in Mining Working Group

GMGPress Release

Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has launched a new Artificial Intelligence Working Group to help demystify AI and enable the mining industry to harness its many valuable applications.

GMG’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Working Group launching today (November 8) with a workshop hosted by IBM in Perth, Australia. It is a culmination of several brainstorming and breakout sessions held at GMG events over the past six months. This topic has been met with extensive support from GMG members and industry participants who want an open forum for discussion and growth around AI and to explain its applications and requirements for mining. “The launch of this AI Working Group” says Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations, “is another example of where the industry has raised an issue and GMG has taken up the challenge.”

Mauritanides 2018 posts 30% increase in sponsors & exhibitors with majors BP, ExxonMobil & Shell participating for first time

Press Releasemauritanides

Mauritanides, the largest and only biennial mining and energy conference and exhibition held in Mauritania since 2010, has posted a strong 30% increase in sponsors & exhibitors compared to the previous 2016 edition. With one more month to go, the final number of sponsors & exhibitors is expected to surge to a record 50% increase, making this the most popular edition of Mauritanides to date.
This is testimony both to the attractiveness of Mauritania as a global energy and mining destination and the synergy between the new event organiser Spire Events (Singapore) and the co-organiser Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Mauritania.

KSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

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Professor Josua Meyer, Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria

KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

The impressive unit will allow students to plug directly into hot, moderate or chilled liquids to use on research projects and will shave approximately 50% off students’ overall project build-up time thereby allowing more time to carry out actual research. In addition, it is expected to save considerable costs in future.

Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Josua Meyer, says the multi-million Rand project was part-funded by the University, with donations from industrial companies like KSB Pumps and Valves for funding, equipment and construction of the system.

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