ThoroughTec Simulation Pty Ltd has introduced over 20 new high-fidelity Cybermine simulator cab models over the last 18 months to meet the growing demand for training simulation in the mining industry.
ThoroughTec Simulation’s new range includes simulators for a number of CAT models such as underground ADTs, LHDs, a rope shovel, an articulated truck and a haul truck. Greg Lew, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Business Development at ThoroughTec comments that they have nearly doubled the number of CAT simulator cabs developed, resulting in the company having the largest deployment of CAT underground advanced simulators.
Being a major OEM, CAT mining equipment can be found around the world and it’s becoming more common that their simulated equivalent can be found on site too.
Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine in Canada has a simulator for an underground LHD in addition to an ADT at their Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina. One of Canada’s major oil sands producers, Syncrude chose ThoroughTec to supply them with five simulator cabs including three CAT models comprising of a dozer, haul truck and a grader. BHP Billiton’s Hotazel Mine in South Africa has a simulator for a CAT LHD and Kazakhstan’s mining giant Kazakhmys’ recent order included a CAT haul truck and a front end loader simulator cab currently being developed by ThoroughTec. Swakop Uranium in Namibia has already started to receive their mining simulators, which includes four CAT cabs comprising of two shovels and two surface drill rigs.
ThoroughTec’s advanced CAT mining simulators can now be found in all the major mining regions globally. Mining houses are recognising that training simulators are a worthwhile and useful investment.
At Rio Tinto’s massive Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia, ThoroughTec’s fourth generation Cybermine simulators are being utilised to their maximum potential – even up to 20 hours a day. This includes cabs for an ADT, bolter, LHD and a shotcrete sprayer from three different OEMs. Lew explains that ThoroughTec’s offering of a diverse and extensive range of cabs from many of the OEMs means mines can get the most out of their simulators, with the safety and productivity benefits realised in the actual mining fleet.
Last year ThoroughTec added two new products to complement their range of Cybermine Full Mission Simulators (FMS). The Cybermine Computer Based Trainer (CBT) is an introductory level tool developed to walk novice recruits through a particular vehicle’s basic controls and operation, as well as the mine environment, site operating procedures and safety checks. The CBT makes use of 2D and 3D computer animations, video, audio and still photographs displayed on a high performance off-the-shelf PC. All users and their results can be recorded on a central database.
Once the trainee has mastered the theory on the CBT, the Cybermine Operator Familiarisation Trainer (OFT) is used to increase the depth of their knowledge. The OFT operates as an alternative, limited function base-unit for Cybermine’s high-fidelity interchangeable vehicle cabs and is designed to familiarise operators with the identification and operation of the instruments and controls of a specific vehicle. Students interface with the OFT system via touch-screen display and through the various instruments and controls of the replicated cab. Three different modes (Exploration, Training and Evaluation Modes) allow for a complete familiarisation, learning and evaluation process, while all users and results can be recorded on a central database.
Both the OFT and the high-fidelity Full Mission Simulator can utilise any of the current Cybermine vehicle cabs, allowing the customer to double their use of the cab and therefore providing optimal return on their investment.