VR To Train Future Underground Miners

VR To Train Future Underground Miners
July 30, 2018
Hastings Deering virtual reality display at the Queensland Mining and Engineering Expo.Stuart Quinn


EXHIBITORS at the 2018 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition in Mackay this week have the theme of Productivity, Profitability and Protection on their minds as they display the newest and the most cutting edge mining and engineering technologies.


The biennial free-to-attend exhibition, which runs until Thursday, brings together mining personnel, leading suppliers and renowned speakers, to discuss driving productivity and the future of the mining industry.


Mining equipment giant Hastings Deering is on the forefront of digital training technology displaying their new fully immersive training system at the expo.


Project and overhaul supervisor Warren Samuel said the virtual reality technology is able to offer a much safer alternative to training beginners underground.


Mr Samuel said the technology has seven different available programs.


"It gives them a grounded understanding of the concepts before they go underground,” he said.

A live view showing what is being shown inside the VR headset.Stuart Quinn


The Hastings Deering training program uses the HTC Vive virtual reality head set as well as two wireless controllers which act as the users hands allowing them to interact with and navigate through the virtual mining system.


White Industries a metal foundry located in Dalby also had virtual reality technology on display.


CEO Craig White said in previous years they have have used a video tour to showcase their facilities to clients at the exhibition.


This year though, they have ramped it up and used Marcus Rehlaender's virtual reality technology to develop an immersive and realistic factory tour.


Mr Rehlaender said the tour, which was created by his company VR Now, took 10 hours of filming 360 degrees to produce.


"We are definitely seeing a big uptake with VR this year, there is a lot more interest,” Mr Rehlaender.


"It is just a really good tool for people like these guys.”

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