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OceanaGold’s Haile mine boosts productivity with Immersive simulator

OceanaGold’s Haile gold mine in the US is investing in its employee and community development with an Immersive Technologies operator training solution that, Immersive says, supports the company’s strategy to maximise mining potential and continuously ensure safe, eco-friendly practices.

By modernising the technologies and tools available for training, the mine is expecting multiple stakeholder groups to benefit. The simulator includes Conversion Kits® (interchangeable cab modules) for Sandvik TH663 underground trucks and Sandvik LH517i loaders for underground operation. It also supports conversion kits for Komatsu PC4000-6 loaders and 730E haul trucks for the surface mine.

Simulator training allows operators to be trained and assessed without the need to borrow machines from production, Immersive says. This allows trainees to practice many skills, including safe machine operation before being placed into a live mining environment.

“Because operators are consistently shown and assessed on the proper operating techniques, they have a better understanding and knowledge of the real machine, they also burn no fuel during the training process learn to operate their machinery with behaviours that maximise fuel efficiency,” the company says. “This type of training can also extend the life of the mining equipment, resulting in less consumption of parts and in higher machine availability.”

David Londoño, Chief Operating Officer at Oceanagold Corporation, said: “The addition of the training simulator aligns with our commitment to providing Haile Gold Mine operators with the best tools and resources. It offers a new dimension to our training approach by allowing us to create real-world conditions while empowering our operators to enhance their skills and make informed decisions in a controlled environment.”

The mine is already seeing benefits from the training solution. Spot times under the shovel have improved 10.08% resulting in greater haulage productivity and the damage from brake system misuse has dropped by 65% resulting in less machine down time, according to Immersive.

Adam Norris, Regional Vice President – North America at Immersive Technologies, said: “The commitment from Haile Gold Mine to invest in their people is now continuing into their underground expansion project. We look forward to supporting them to achieve sustainable results for years to come.”

Immersive reflects on 30 years of equipment simulator and training success

From humble beginnings producing computer-based training for companies like BHP, Caltex, WesTrac and Macmahon, Immersive Technologies is now able to reflect on 30 years of advanced equipment simulator and training solutions.

By the mid 1990s and with only seven staff, the business was on a journey to develop the world’s first Advanced Equipment Simulator (the AES Series – 1, pictured above) for the mining industry.

The first commercial simulator was exhibited at the Diggers and Dealers Conference (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) in 1998. The business opportunities exploded and the next two sales were overseas to Kaltim Prima Coal, Indonesia, and Geita Gold, in Tanzania, the company said. Soon after another “first” was launched with Immersive’s mining excavator range and then the “first” mining wheel loader simulator was delivered. In 2005, the first Dragline simulator was produced.

By the end of 2006, the business had sold 85 simulators in 17 countries and, by 2008, 155 simulators in 23 countries. By 2010, the underground range was released, and the business had customers in 29 countries. By 2016, Immersive’s exports reached mines in 40 countries.

“Fast forward to today, Immersive Technologies products and services are trusted by hundreds of mine sites across 49 countries and we are still driven by our passion to provide innovative and valuable workforce solutions,” the company said. “Having delivered over 560 simulator platforms and 1,400 Conversion Kits, simulating 22 different mining OEMs, our solutions to industry challenges are much broader than just simulator technology.”

Immersive’s PRO5 – Advanced Equipment Simulator equipped with 3D stereoscopic display and professional grade visual system

Immersive says its service and advisory expertise is extensive with a portfolio of work that delivers quantifiable value in mine safety, productivity, reliability and sustainability. As advancements in mine technology create new training needs, it develops new learning technologies to support operators and supervisors running collision avoidance and autonomous haulage solutions, in addition to Immersive’s collaboration with Komatsu in the area of tele-operation of mining machines.

“It has been our privilege to respond with agility to the needs and voice of our customers and to earn the mining industry’s trust,” the company said. “Throughout our 30 years in business and into the future, it is our partnership with you that drives us forward.”