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The future of mine training is VR

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Global Mining Review,

The dangers of mining operations are very well known and inadequate training is often a root cause for many mining fatalities. Hands-on training in an actual mining environment provides only limited real-life opportunities, however virtual reality-based training can expose the workers to real-world working conditions without the associated risks. Hence there is a strong demand for Virtual reality (VR) in the mining industry, especially for solutions that can help in training the mining operators effectively to improve safety, increase productivity and reduce costs.

VR training in mining allows training the entire team of mining operators, workers, managers in order to make the entire mining process safe and more effective. Training in VR makes it possible to allow teams to practice their skills before they start working in real-world mining sites.

The potential of VR training in mining is truly infinite. With even more advancements in VR technologies, it will not only help mining related companies in planning better strategies but also lead to a safer work environment for everyone involved.

As one of Asia's leading VR training & simulation companies, Tecknotrove has vast experience in developing cutting edge solutions for the mining industry for both surface mines and underground mines. Tecknotrove develops customised virtual training solutions for critical training applications for the mining industry.

“We develop fully customised VR training solutions that are capable of offering immersive learning experiences which can directly lead to higher productivity and efficiency in mining operations”, said Shantanu Gupta – Director Tecknotrove Systems.

Tecknotrove has worked with some of the largest mining companies in the world including Debswana Mines, Rio Tino, and Sesa Goa. They also work with some of the largest OEMS, including Komatsu, Caterpillar, BEML, and Volvo.

TecknoSIM VR training solutions are being used in numerous scenarios by the mining industry, including:

  • Mine site familiarisation training.
  • Emergency preparedness training.
  • Working in confined spaces training.
  • Training on equipment familiarisation and operations.
  • Training on machine inspection maintenance.

How does VR training work?

By putting on the VR headset, one experiences a virtual environment that is similar to the mining site. New trainees and recruits get a better understanding of what is expected of them and how to handle different work situations. They can inspect every part of the site and even interact with the different virtual objects around them which directly leads to higher learning retention and better results.

Experienced workers get trained on advanced skills and emergency situations. Custom mines developed in virtual environments which are actual replicas of mine sites are being used for accident reconstruction, emergency preparedness and safety training.

The mining industry is also using VR for scenario based training. Three large-screen projection units create a virtual replica of the mine. The programme is scenario-based and requires trainees to answer various safety-related questions as they manoeuvre through the mine. Trainers interact with the trainees monitor the progress of the training programme.

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