Immersive learning

SIMULATION will play a key role in Alpha Natural Resources’ Running Right Leadership Academy.
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Noel Dyson

The center will be using a CM360-B equipment simulator from Australian supplier Immersive Technologies.

The 126,000sq.ft facility will include a simulation laboratory for operator training.

The CM360-B simulator gives a full 360-degree visual experience, recognizing the distinct operating conditions of the underground mining environment.

Running Right will provide a comprehensive mine training curriculum and be available to Alpha employees as well as any mine operator wishing to take advantage of the facility.

The $23 million academy is part of the $210 million settlement Alpha struck with US authorities over the Upper Big Branch mine explosion.

Simulation training is proven to keep miners safe and boost their productivity.

It also allows trainers to put trainees into situations that would not be possible with physical mining equipment.

Trainees on simulators also get to hone their skills so they are working optimally when they return to the face.

To ensure the academy gets the most out of its simulation, it has invested in technical support and training systems integration services to deliver best practice implementation, fast track return on investment and customize its training.