African Underground Mining Services drives growth for Immersive Technologies

The IM360 Simulator

Immersive Technologies has experienced investment growth for its underground solutions in Africa since the release of the IM360 simulator.

African Underground Mining Services (AUMS), a Barminco and Ausdrill joint venture, continues to provide significant market expansion in the African region for Immersive Technologies, with recent orders for two IM360 simulator platforms with conversion kits deployed for Sandvik Long Hole and Jumbo drills, LHDs and trucks, and a Cat truck and LHD.

Greg Karadjian, vice president of underground mining solutions at Immersive Technologies, welcomed the African growth.

“Continuously exceeding productivity targets without compromising safety has put AUMS at the forefront of African underground mining and we are confident our simulator-based training solutions will ensure AUMS continues to grow that track record,” Karadjian said.

According to Immersive, AUMS provides a structured training program for employees, with their approach to training and technology being a key differentiator in the market.

AUMS will continue to review and broaden its programs through shared learnings from Barminco’s utilisation analytics, which are used to understand how machine operators perform.

Immersive Technologies plans to leverage data from Barminco’s analytics platform to develop a training agenda and tailored simulator curriculum to address operator skill and behavior issues, complemented with a targeted training environment (TTE) within their simulator delivering specific traffic rules, priorities and other standard operating procedures in a compact, geographically themed virtual environment.

The environment enables a focused operator training plan delivering fast and highly effective training transfer to achieve results infield quickly.

“The level of flexibility we provide in our custom virtual mines is a significant value add for customers. We create replicas of actual working sites allowing detailed focus to be placed on training requirements specific to each site,” Wayde Salfinger, executive director at Immersive Technologies, added.

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