VRT finds suc­cess in blended learn­ing

The Australian Mining Review - - AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY FOR MINING -

LEAD­ING min­ing in­dus­try train­ing provider Mines Res­cue has taken ad­van­tage of the Vir­tual Re­al­ity Tech­nolo­gies (VRT) Gen4 train­ing sys­tem to de­liver a suc­cess­ful blended learn­ing pi­lot pro­gram, in col­laboration with one of its big­gest cus­tomers.

Weighted to­wards vir­tual re­al­ity sce­nar­ios and eLearn­ing, cou­pled with trainer pre­sen­ta­tions and com­pe­tency based prac­ti­cal as­sess­ments, the project has seen the cre­ation of an elec­tronic class­room model to suit the cus­tomer’s ex­act train­ing needs.

De­vel­oped by VRT, a provider of world class VR train­ing soft­ware and the in­no­va­tion arm of NSW in­dus­try body Coal Services, the Gen4 sys­tem rep­re­sents the cul­mi­na­tion of more than a decade of de­vel­op­ment.

For Mines Res­cue, that sys­tem gives them the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose more than 2500 mine work­ers in the south­ern re­gion of NSW to vir­tual re­al­ity train­ing, as well as al­low­ing for the cre­ation of the new elec­tronic class­room model for safety re­fresher train­ing.

With the use of th­ese tech­nolo­gies, Mines Res­cue is able to pro­vide a safe train­ing en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure min­i­mal im­pact on pro­duc­tiv­ity, and the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore mul­ti­ple sce­nar­ios in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

With the pi­lot work­ing at South­ern Mines Res­cue Sta­tion, there is an in­ten­tion to tran­si­tion to a full elec­tronic class­room model.

Im­age: Mines Res­cue.

Trainees us­ing the new elec­tronic class­room.

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