Immersive uses downturn to develop new technology

WHILE lower commodity demand and prices have impacted most aspects of mining-related businesses, some mining technology and services companies are using the challenging market to better align their offering and tailor new solutions to support current and future industry needs, according to Immersive Technologies.

Lou Caruana

The company, which specialises in simulation based training for mining, has seen a year of growth in its customer base, product and service offering – and most importantly in the results their customers are achieving.

Immersive has continued to invest heavily over the last two years in order to grow its simulated machine range, recently adding graders, surface drills, road headers, shuttle cars and continuous miners.

Its IM360 simulator launched in March is able to simulate both underground and surface machines in high definition and features world-first RealMove technology which allows for complete spatial interaction where trainees can freely walk around the entire worksite and practice for emergency events like mine evacuations, safety incidents and natural disasters.

Visitors to Electra Mining in Johannesburg will be able to see their continuous miner, underground and surface trucks.

As well as the expanded product range, Immersive Technologies has also supported the uptake of autonomous mining with the development of a training centre for autonomous haulage at Codelco’s Gabriela Mistral “Gaby” copper mine in Chile.

The adoption of autonomous mining by major miners creates a need to train personnel to think and work differently while interacting with the new systems.

Immersive Technologies’ global simulation training footprint has now reached 37 countries and the company has renewed exclusive agreements with Caterpillar Global Mining and Liebherr this year.