The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) hosted its inaugural mining interoperability alignment roundtable in Perth, Australia to accelerate progress and enhance collaboration between organisations working on interoperability.

TAMSept05 img03Interoperability – the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information – is a priority for the mining industry and there are many ongoing projects, guidelines and standards being developed for it. This event brought together organisations working on different aspects of the issue – both inside and outside the mining industry – to increase the visibility of ongoing interoperability initiatives and to prevent duplication of efforts.

Representatives from AMIRA, CSIRO, Enterprise Transformation Partners, GMG, IIC, ISO, Interop, IREDES, METS Ignited and MI4 presented on their initiatives and discussed ways to move forward collaboratively.

The roundtable confirmed the need for coordination and knowledge sharing among organisations, and participants recognised that interoperability is a vast issue. While their projects focus on different aspects of interoperability, there are overlaps and many are interconnected in some way.
“We’re further ahead than we might think. Once the pieces are put together, you can see that there is a lot going on in an effort to solve interoperability challenges,” says GMG Managing Director Heather Ednie, commenting on the breadth of what was presented.

“Exposure will be just as important as coordination in ensuring these initiatives achieve their full potential.”

To foster this collaborative environment, these organisations and others working on the topic will form an interoperability organisations taskforce. This group will work toward fleshing out a detailed roadmap and develop a way of illustrating how all the pieces fit together.

This roundtable is part of GMG’s Interoperability and Functional Safety Acceleration Strategy (IFSAS), launched in early 2019 with support from BHP and Rio Tinto. This strategy aims to facilitate collaboration and accelerate progress on interoperability and functional safety. The interoperability component of this strategy also involves coordinating industry alignment on a direction and vision for interoperability through communication and engagement. These efforts will be directed by a steering committee comprising key stakeholders.