Byrnecut, in partnership with Immersive Technologies, have established a successful Perth-based technical training center. The company said it expects to achieve measurable in-field cost reductions, productivity gains and safety improvements via changes in equipment operator behavior due to 350 employees coming through the center in the past nine months of operation.

Equipment Simulators, a tailored suite of learning systems and curricula, have been deployed to align with Byrnecut’s “people-first” approach to recruitment, skills development and performance improvement, according to the company.

“The establishment of this training and induction center very much fits with the Byrnecut philosophy of investing in industry-leading training systems, processes, and infrastructure to assist in the personal and professional development of our employees,” Byrnecut Australia Managing Director Pat Boniwell. “This in turn ensures that we are providing the safest and most productive work places for employees and our clients.”

Supporting the technology integration is a global best practice training process, which blends eLearning, classroom and simulator training to optimize the learning process for both new hire and experienced equipment operators. This process is managed through the collaboration of Byrnecut and Immersive Technologies on-site training experts.

“Our world-class training and induction center provides the opportunity for experienced and new hire operators to develop best mining practices in a safe, realistic and tech-driven environment,” Byrnecut Project Manager Dave Kilkenny said.Together with Immersive Technologies’ equipment simulators and specialist personnel, our approach is carefully considered to provide valuable feedback and targeted training to address the impacts of performance variability on our business.”

Immersive has already delivered two IM360-B simulators and machine modules for Cat truck and LHD, Sandvik truck and LHD, and an Epiroc truck.