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GMSG Workshop

Date Wed 27 June 2018, 09:00
- Wed 27 June 2018, 12:00
Mandela Mining Precinct, cnr Rustenburg & Carlow roads, Melville, Johannesburg
Rustenburg Rd & Carlow Rd, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109, South Africa
Mandela Mining Precinct, cnr Rustenburg & Carlow roads, Melville, Johannesburg
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Interoperability and Underground Communications Infrastructure

Andrew Scott
Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe

Session 1 — 09:00–12:00

This workshop aims to engage broad industry participation in the  GMSG Interoperability Definitions and Roadmap Project. The project, to be complete by Q3 2018, will enable industry-wide alignment and identify a collaborative path forward to address mining interoperability including the identification of initiatives and projects and fostering increased collaboration across the sector. As part of this project, volunteers will join a multi-stakeholder innovation ecosystem, sharing expertise and building meaningful relationships with potential collaborators.

The outcome is generating input for the much-needed international roadmap: a landscape of interoperability initiatives, projects, organizations and resourcing that are aligned, collaborative, and supportive of interoperability developments in other organizations.

During the workshop, participants will work together to:

  • Determine common industry interoperability definitions, scope, principles and references
  • Develop a consensus on what the desired end state looks like
  • Identify existing projects and organizations that have developed/are developing interoperability-related solutions
  • Identify industry barriers and success factors to move interoperability forward

Underground Communications Infrastructure
Session 2 — 13:00–16:00

This workshop will enable participants to ensure the GMSG  Underground Communications Infrastructure guideline suite is relevant and applicable to the Southern African mining industry. This year, the project committee has made strong progress towards publishing Section 3 of the guideline suite – a high-level overview of factors for mine operators to consider for their unique communications needs – by year end.

The Guideline is intended to provide mine owners and operators with an overview of best practices for electronic communications across a mine’s lifespan. GMSG published Section 1 and Section 2 of the Guideline in early 2017. The Guideline is divided into five sections:

1) Positioning and Needs Analysis
2) Scenarios and Applications
3) General Guidelines
4) Business Case Development
5) Planning, Deploying, and Support Considerations

The published Guideline will continue to support underground  operations developing their communications infrastructure into robust, cost-effective and user-friendly installations.

Space is limited due to room size, therefore please RSVP as soon as possible, no later than 18 June 2018 to
Yolanda Ndimande at
or for more information contact Jennifer Curran at

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