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Demand for simulator training grows

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With the demand for training simulation growing in the mining industry, the need to simulate equipment from a major OEM, such as CAT, is becoming more and more crucial. For example, over the last year and a half global training simulator provider ThoroughTec Simulation introduced over 20 new high-fidelity CYBERMINE simulator cab types. This included simulators for a number of CAT models, including underground ADTs, LHDs, a rope shovel, an articulated truck and a haul truck. “We have nearly doubled the number of CAT simulator cabs developed,” says Greg Lew, executive vice president and ddirector of global business development at ThoroughTec. “Today, ThoroughTec has the largest deployment of CAT underground advanced simulators.”

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 2-D and 3-D 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 use 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,” concludes Lew.

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