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TRAINING: Immersive Tech takes shovel training to new heights

The level of realism of shovel operator training simulators has reached a new level directly resulting in increased operator training effectiveness, safety and productivity. Immersive Technologies has released VirtualGround 3.0 as part of the...


The level of realism of shovel operator training simulators has reached a new level directly resulting in increased operator training effectiveness, safety and productivity. Immersive Technologies has released VirtualGround 3.0 as part of the launch of the Cat 7495 rope shovel simulator which takes digging and other shovel related tasks to the highest available level of fidelity.

The Cat 7495 rope shovel simulator development was completed under the exclusive alliance in place between Caterpillar and Immersive Technologies. This alliance ensures Immersive Technologies’ simulators are the most accurate on the market, and that translates directly to the quality of operator training achievable.

New technologies such as VirtualGround 3.0 represent a benefit to long time and new users of Immersive Technologies’ advanced equipment simulators. VirtualGround 3.0 has now been incorporated into SimControl, the software at the heart of Immersive Technologies’ simulators such as the PRO3-B, and will be progressively enabled in other machine groups beyond shovels. SimControl updates are just one of the benefits of the scheduled upgrades delivered to hundreds of mining customers around the globe.

In support of achieving the maximum return on investment from Immersive Technologies’ rope shovel simulators including the Cat 7495, mine sites are now able to assess the effectiveness of their rope shovel operators through a unique Global Operator Benchmarking System (GOBS) developed by Immersive Technologies. Through GOBS operator performance can be compared against global norms. This provides a global frame of reference for operator performance and highlights opportunities for improvement.

Immersive Technologies also offers Training Systems Integration (TSI) and support services to fast track integration of the 7495 Rope shovel curriculum for the training and development of operators. These services enable mining operations to quickly realize measurable improvements in operator productivity and reduced maintenance events.

For more information on this and other training solutions, visit ImmersiveTechnologies.com.


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