Rio Tinto’s Marandoo mine received Immersive Technologies’ 2015 Business Improvement award for its use of simulators for operator training and business improvement.
The award recognises mines dedicated to improving efficiency, productivity and operational safety through simulation based training.
Following the introduction of new truck models which had the potential to create operator adaptability and mixed fleet operation risks, workers at Marandoo used a six sigma method to assist with integration.
Simulators from Immersive Technologies were also used to improve and measure operator behaviour and skill.
Within three months, the mine reported a 60 per cent saving in training resources, 31 per cent reduction in operator faults, and five per cent improvement in cycle time. It also recorded an 11 per cent improvement in truck mean time between failure specific and operator fault components.
Tony Maurice, project leader, Marandoo – supervisor training mine operations, said, “The project captured and refined practices, conducted trials, adjusted the processes and validated theoretical benefits in a safe environment with minimal interruptions to mining activity.”
Marandoo was selected from more than 265 mining operations across 39 different countries. Other global finalists included Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine in Chile, Kinross’ Fort Knox mine in USA, and Indonesia’s KPC.
Previous winners include Kiewit Mining Group and Peabody.