Training Miners with Virtual Reality

Few can argue that the mining industry is one of the most dangerous professions, with working conditions extremely hazardous due to any number of different scenarios that could take place. So mine safety and training is essential to practice and help develop better techniques. Mines Rescue has developed a virtual reality (VR) training centre, to simulate some of the most dangerous conditions that can’t be replicated in real-life.

The training area is a full 360 degree cinema to make the experience as realistic as possible. The company has built a fully operational mine in VR, from dolly-cars to the 50km of road users can walk through.

State Operations Manager of Mines Rescue, Steve Tonegato said to Australian Mining about the training centre: “It puts them in situations that can’t be replicated in the real world. You can’t light fires underground, you can’t have smoke coming at you, and you can’t put people in high pressure situations in real mines where they have to make decisions, but you can do that here.”

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“Mixed reality is something that is very unique. People see a lot of virtual reality, especially in gaming which has sensational graphics, but this is a place where not only does everything look real but you can also interact,” he added.

And Mines Rescue is expecting the technology to grow: “I anticipate the use of virtual reality will continue to grow as people become aware of its potential,” Tonegato said.

Based in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, and part of the Coal Services group, Mines Rescue is a registered training organisation and runs a wide variety of training courses over the NSW area.

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