Immersive Technologies have provided Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators for operator training to mining companies including Elk Valley Coal. The AE Simulators are used to increase safety and productivity on site in mining and earthmoving industries.
Immersive Technologies believes its equipment will positively influence training at Elk Valley Coal's six Canadian operations, five of which are in south-eastern British Columbia and the fifth in west-central Alberta.
Immersive Technologies' Regional Manager, Cory Cook said Elk Valley's desire for solutions to address tire life and to increase operator skills led them to Immersive Technologies.
Elk Valley Coal purchased one AE Simulator, Caterpillar 793C, Komatsu 930E and P&H Minepro 4100XPB simulator modules (Conversion Kits) in May 2007 for their Fording River operations. The use of these in training proved effective that Elk Valley Coal purchased a further 5 AE Simulator units and 10 simulator modules including a Light Vehicle Simulator in May 2008 to cover their other operations.
Elk Valley Coal deployed AE Simulator technology to each of their operations for 100% coverage. They are looking forward to repeating the early success received at Fording River, which more than doubled tire life following the implementation of the Advanced Equipment Simulator.
Cory Cook said that the equipment provided by Immersive Technologies has helped Elk Valley Coal realise tangible benefits quickly - tire life has improved significantly and the equipment allows both unskilled and skilled employees to be trained much faster while in the simulator's safe learning environment.