The global mining industry is an early adopter of virtual reality training solutions as the industry strives to overcome multiple economic and operational challenges. Successful virtual reality mining projects range from data visualisation, hazard identification, accident reconstruction, practical procedure training and vehicle simulations.
The benefits derived from virtual reality training systems vary according to the type and scale of the solution that has been implemented. Therefore, mining companies wanting to implement VR training systems must have a clear understanding of the challenges they are trying to overcome and the objectives they are trying to achieve.
BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL REALITY MINING TRAINING
ENHANCE THE TRAINING PROCESS: FAST TRACK LEARNING CURVES & INCREASE RETENTION AND RECALL RATES
Virtual reality training systems provide real-world context to the training process. By allowing trainees to experience actual on-site working conditions and the consequences of failure, virtual reality provides trainees with a better understanding of job tasks and the associated risks.
The immersive nature of VR mining training helps trainees visually recreate scenarios in their minds, increasing recall and retention rates.
REDUCE RISK: TURN MISTAKES INTO LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Virtual reality training systems create a safe and controlled environment for trainees to perform tasks and procedures without the risk of physical injury. Mistakes made in the virtual reality training systems can be used as learning opportunities to prevent accidents and fatalities from occurring on-site.
By identifying mistakes and inefficiencies early, mining organisations can prevent trainees from developing bad habits before they start.
OPTIMISE PERFORMANCE: REINFORCE BEST PRACTICES & IMPROVE DECISION-MAKING
Virtual reality training systems allow organisations to standardise the correct way for trainees to perform tasks and procedures.
By allowing trainees to physically perform tasks as they would on-site, trainees can develop and perfect new skills through practice and repetition.
Trainees’ skills and decision-making ability are put to the test by immersing them in realistic scenarios and situations that occur on-site.
DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING: HUMAN BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS
Virtual reality training systems are capable of capturing, recording and replicating trainee’s physical movement.
By analysing the way trainees interact with the virtual reality environment, management can better understand how individuals and teams perform tasks and address risks.
Analytical dashboards are used to provide management with key insight into training activities and assist with decision making moving forward.
Although the concept of virtual reality has been around for nearly half a century, the recent advancements in hardware and software have made VR training systems an essential part of organisations’ digital transformation strategy.
The FusionMine virtual reality training platform encompasses the latest technology advancements to provide organisations with a
seamless approach to incorporating virtual reality training systems. The platform consists of a multiuser virtual reality training grid and mechanical vehicle simulators that integrate into custom-developed VR training courses.
The system’s modular design allows companies to effortlessly scale the training solution based on the available budget or required objectives.