The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, has approved the Exploration and Mining Business Reference Model (EM Model) as an Open Group Technical Standard. This is the first approved standard for the natural resources industry developed by the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals (EMMM) Forum, a forum of the Open Group.

The lack of agreement about the processes and activities that make up the business of mining has long been a major cause for the breakdown of interdisciplinary discussions about information management in the mining industry.

The development of the EM Model started in 2008 with the coming together of several parties with an interest in mining and process mapping as the basis for information management. MineRP is proud to have contributed throughout the process, with robust debates among the members facilitated in South Africa by RealIRM’s Sarina Viljoen.

Led by Mike Woodhall, MineRP’s vice president: Mining Enterprise, MineRP’s contribution covered several aspects of the mining value chain and is underpinned by decades of experience in the development and implementation of multidisciplinary mining technical solutions.

Having a common reference model that stands up to scrutiny in multiple mining environments allowed MineRP to express its proprietary value chain and process models in a way that is globally relevant and usable. Applying the thinking in this model to software development has aided us to create a software framework for enterprise integration, transcending previous information flow boundaries introduced by different mining types, geologies and multiple disciplines. This has culminated in enterprise integration solutions such as MineRP’s SpatialDB, SpatialDash and SpatialAnalyzer.

For more information about MineRP, or its contribution to the EM Model, please contact Mike Woodhall at, or visit the website at

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