Over the past 18 months, Immersive Technologies has been collaborating with mining companies to develop a Mine Standards Training program, which it said will improve the supervision and coaching of heavy equipment operators via improvement of supervisor proficiency. “Gone are the days where it takes a full year for a supervisor to be exposed to all types of weather, traffic, loading and digging conditions,” said Cian Dobson, visual database manager for Immersive Technologies. “This exposure and skills development can now be accomplished by immersing the learner into a replicated 3D mining environment through virtual reality and touchscreen technology.”

The Mine Standards Training tool offers users the option to operate in Virtual Reality via the existing Worksite VR Quest platform or on an interactive classroom touchscreen. These two options leverage current simulation assets to create engaging content such as drilling and blasting, ground engagement tools, supervisor training, pit priority rules, and more related situations, according to Immersive.

“We are excited about the real value our customers are already realizing with the improvement of supervisor skills,” Dobson said. “We help them create realistic simulations in Mine Standards Training of both perfect and flawed operator behavior requiring the user to identify the deviations from best practices.

“This capability is helping transform existing flat content training programs to ones that are engaging and have higher levels of learner engagement and knowledge retention. The content is highly realistic and will improve the learning experience for both experienced and inexperienced users.”