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Russian mines and CIS adopting Immersive Technologies’ workforce development solutions to keep pace with industry growth

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Global Mining Review,

The proportion of global mining equipment being deployed in Russia is reportedly on the rise, 22% in 2018, compared to 9% in 2012, with regional growth of 13% over the past six years. As a result, the industry is demanding more skilled personnel. Mining companies in the region are turning to Immersive Technologies to deliver tailored workforce development solutions, proven to achieve safety and productivity improvements throughout all stages of the mining cycle. In line with this industry growth, Immersive is also experiencing a surge in simulator and service sales.

“It is an exciting time for mining in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). We are proud to support this region in delivering the safest and most profitable operators,” said David Anderson, Executive Vice President of Sales and Support at Immersive Technologies.

Immersive Technologies is delivering simulators and professional services across the region, with great results. The following four customer case studies exemplify this level of engagement:


  • First, Vostochnaya Technica, a long-time customer is implementing an Immersive simulator as a key part of delivering 'mine assessments' to their customers. They will utilise a PRO4 surface mining simulator at one of the SUEK mine sites to improve truck and excavator operator behaviours. The simulator will then move to a new mine site to assess truck operators and to make clear recommendations on equipment usage with the expected result of quantified productivity improvements.
  • Second, a Continuous Improvement project aimed at enhancing operator skills is underway at Norilsk Nickel.  Upon conclusion, the goal is to increase productivity, decrease cycle times, and reduce operator variability. The initial project focuses on Underground Loaders (LHDs) but will likely expand to other equipment including bolters.
  • Third, Komatsu CIS in the Kuzbass region, will be using simulation to train green operators, along with assessing experienced operators to improve their skills. Immersive Technologies will be providing support via its Training Advisor Team to meet their requirements and tailor curricula to their specific needs.   
  • Finally, KAZ Minerals has engaged Immersive Technologies to deliver a training solution which includes multiple IM360-B transportable simulators , interchangeable modules and supporting products and services such as Pre-Start Inspection, Instructor Led Training and Training Systems Integration. As part of this technology and services solution, the Immersive Technologies’ Training Advisor Team is providing support to facilitate the simulation training process to ensure training objectives are achieved.

“Russia and the CIS will continue to be a key market attracting increased investment from Immersive Technologies, over the coming years. We will be there to support the industry growth and needs of our customers,” Anderson said.

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