Vir­tual Re­al­ity for Min­ing

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS -

MINE site in­duc­tions are syn­ony­mous with be­ing nec­es­sary; how­ever of­ten dry, bor­ing, and for­get­table.

Min­ing op­er­a­tions are now ac­knowl­edg­ing the value of vir­tual re­al­ity train­ing; shift­ing site in­duc­tions to be­come a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to proac­tively mit­i­gate risk.

With the use of Immersive’s Work­siteVR Quest, this is be­ing achieved with ex­cep­tional re­sults.

Immersive Tech­nolo­gies has more than 24 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ing high-end train­ing sim­u­la­tors for the min­ing and earth­mov­ing in­dus­tries and has de­vel­oped a se­ries of vir­tual re­al­ity sce­nar­ios de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate a blended learn­ing model in con­junc­tion with eLearn­ing and prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cus­tom-made mine sites can be cre­ated to cover top­ics rang­ing from iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of cor­rect PPE to refuge cham­ber ac­cess and pro­ce­dures; and train­ing ses­sions can be eas­ily con­ducted and de­vel­oped in dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

The Work­siteVR Quest equip­ment in­cludes a high-end PC, mon­i­tor, key­board, mouse, speak­ers, and head­phones.

In ad­di­tion to the vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, two wire­less hand con­trols are packed up into a sturdy trans­portable case.

Re­cently, the com­pany com­pleted a project for Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tol­goi mine site in Mon­go­lia.

This in­volved cre­at­ing three sce­nar­ios cov­er­ing the cor­rect use and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of per­sonal pro­tec­tion equip­ment (PPE), iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of work­place haz­ards and emer­gency evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures.

Over the course of a six-month pe­riod, Oyu Tol­goi train­ers ran 1100 em­ploy­ees through both the tra­di­tional course­ware and a course in­te­grat­ing Immersive’s Work­siteVR Quest.

Through a se­ries of sur­veys, it was de­ter­mined that there was a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the learn­ing re­ten­tion rates and sat­is­fac­tion of the users that went through the Work­siteVR Quest pro­gram.

Min­ing per­son­nel are now com­plet­ing their in­duc­tion pos­sess­ing the con­fi­dence that they can ap­ply their learn­ings and safely deal with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions with an in­creased level of in­for­ma­tion re­ten­tion.

Along with fur­ther in­duc­tion and safety aware­ness projects, Immersive has also re­ceived re­quests rang­ing from ba­sic ma­chine main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion to work­ing from heights and crit­i­cal risk man­age­ment train­ing.

Ad­vanced un­der­stand­ing in the com­plex­ity of min­ing op­er­a­tions; train­ing know-how and cus­tomer sup­port; as well as a ded­i­cated re­search and de­vel­op­ment team stay­ing cur­rent on lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, en­sures Immersive Tech­nolo­gies con­tin­ues to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble prod­ucts and ser­vices to its clients.

Work­siteVR™ Quest al­lows users to vir­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence, en­gage and un­der­stand sur­face and un­der­ground en­vi­ron­ments, safety haz­ards and emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

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