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The Open Group has convened a global forum, the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals (EMMM) forum, to create reference models for the exploration and mining industry for metals and minerals.

EMMM functions to realize sustainable business value through collaboration around a common operating model, and to support vendors in their delivery of technical and business solutions. Its outputs are common reference deliverables such as mining process and information models.

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Join EMMM to work towards creating reference models for the exploration, mining, metals and minerals industries and influence future direction.

Benefits of Joining EMMM

  • Better alignment between business and IT.
  • Identification and reduction of risk.
  • Enhanced ability to cope with change, and anticipate impacts or change.
  • Reduction of operational costs.
  • Easier compliance with regulatory and reporting requirements.
  • Ability to embed key business drivers, such as SHERQ (Safety, Health, Environment, Risk, Quality) into business processes.

RioTinto's David David on
EMMM membership

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  • “We work with clients across the value chain, encompassing exploration to resource modelling, optimisation, mine design, scheduling and financial modelling, to enable users to rapidly generate robust scenarios in a secure governance framework, thus maximising their mining assets. Our internal value chain models map well with the EMMM reference model. We have been able to influence the development of the reference model and are engaged in other models such as competencies and applications.

    CAE Mining fully supports the work by The Open Group in the exploration and mining space.”

    Roy Irvine, Technical Lead, Geoscientific Data Solutions                  CAE Mining

  • “Since the model first went public I have not used anything else as a basis for discussion because using the EM model as a reference with clients allows us to engage with any client and any mining method.

    The EM process model captures the mining business generically and allows us and the clients to discuss further levels of detail based on understanding the specifics of the mining method.

    This is one of the two most significant parts of the exercise: the fact we have a multi-party definition – no one person could have produced the model – and the fact that we could capture it legibly on one page”

    Mike Woodhall, MineRP