Above, training in an simulator helps Bagdad mine identify needed process improvements. (Photo: Immersive Technologies)

Immersive Technologies announced the winner of the 2019 Global Business Improvement Award to be Freeport-McMoRan’s Bagdad Operations in Arizona (U.S.).

Previously, the miner partnered with Immersive Technologies on improving per-hour production by reducing load times. With the help of training simulations, the miner achieved a 12% reduction in loading times.

The operators that received the training outperformed control group operators by 19%.

Leadership at the mine said the supplier’s simulators helped identify and implement process improvements for greater efficiency. “Our partnership with Immersive Technologies has created a strong team focused on the success of our people and creating value for our business,” Freeman Myers, technical training superintendent, Bagdad mine, said.

The other finalists were Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic copper mine in Chile and Roy Hill’s iron ore operation in Western Australia.

The miners were selected for achievements in continuously improving operational safety, efficiency and productivity through strategic simulator-based training initiatives.