The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) and the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) have published the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining Guideline.
“This guideline is a great example of innovation through collaboration,” says David Sanguinetti, President, Sanguinetti Engineering, leader of Undergrounding Mining at Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), and the project manager for this guideline development. “Neither CMIC nor GMSG could have pulled this off in the timeframe that we did on our own. The only way it happened was with the two groups working together.”
The success of this guideline development project is a testament to the imperative for industry organizations to collaborate. “We (GMSG) are fortunate to have a number of collaborative partnerships with leading industry organisations like CMIC,” said GMSG Managing Director, Heather Ednie. “It helps reduce redundancy of efforts across the industry and encourages swifter innovation through the pooling of expertise and resources. We look forward to further partnerships with CMIC.”
An introductory workshop on the details of the guideline was held at the CIM Convention.
“The best feedback was two days later when an engineer at Atlas Copco, who is responsible for electric vehicles, told me that it’s now required reading for all his engineers,” said Sanguinetti.
“The next step would be to get more direction with the standards on the table and to engage the operator,” commented Michel Serres, Vice President, Market Segment Manager Mining Solutions, ABB, and one of the guideline authors. “It would be nice to get engagement with end users now to explain how we evolve.”
Development of a second version of the guideline is scheduled to begin by early 2018.
“It’s going to be great to see how close we were able to imagine the move to battery electric, and start documenting what the reality is,” said Alain Richard, Electrical Engineer at Bestech, and guideline author. “Once we start implementing, it will be interesting to see if what we imagined is true and use those experiences in the next revisions, to assist the industry in making the shift as a whole.”
The Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining Guideline is available from the GMSG library.
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