A virtual reality mine training and rescue simulator has been launched today by Senator Chris Evans.
The 360° simulation technology at the Newcastle Mines Rescue Station in Argenton enables miners to be trained in real life scenarios and test their responses to life-threatening situations.
“This amazing new software demonstrates how technology can be used to train people for the very critical task of mine rescue,” Evans said.
Developed by Coal Services over the past 18 months, it is the latest stage of a five year project.
Technical experts from Coal Services provided advice to mine operators in the recent Pike River coal mine explosion and the rescue of 33 miners trapped underground in Chile last year