The Asia Miner

OCT-DEC 2015

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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64 | ASIA Miner | October-December 2015 Supplier News TRAINING simulator provider ThoroughTec has refned its CYBERMINE Complete Training Solution, a holistic training program aimed at improving operator safety and effciency in the mining industry. "On its own, technology is not a complete solution but serves as a vehicle for a robust pedagogical framework. With this as a foundation we explored methods and possible implementations of the classroom of to- morrow – a true virtual integrated learning environment," says Thorough- Tec learning technologist David Baxter, who has been heavily involved in development of this solution. "By aligning our technology with best practices in learning and training we can use technology appropriately." "Research has shown our brain retains only the information it deems im- portant," says ThoroughTec's training solutions manager Michael Da Sil- va. "Retrieval is a way of signalling to the brain that a piece of information Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was shown a scale model of the famous Warman slurry pump on a visit earlier this month to the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) at the University of Strathclyde's Technol- ogy and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Warman slurry pumps have been man- ufactured around the world since 1938. The Minerals Division of The Weir Group is now market leader in slurry pumps used for minerals processing: the method by which valuable minerals are extracted from ore bodies. The collaboration with the University of Strathclyde is part of Weir's commitment to continuous innovation of its products, a commitment which includes engineers working with academics from some of the world's leading technological institutions. Weir already has similar research rela- tionships with Imperial College London, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and the Royal Melbourne In- stitute of Technology. The Queen was also shown a scale model of a minerals processing plant, and learned of Weir's global operations empire, which stretches over more than 70 countries and includes more than 200 manufacturing and service centres, the most recent addition being the recently acquired range of Trio comminution prod- ucts for crushing, screening and grinding. Commenting on the visit, Weir Minerals' divisional managing director Dean Jenkins said, "It is a great honour to be able to share Weir and Warman's story with Her Majesty, and for her to take such an inter- est in our frm's long-standing commitment to developing innovative solutions, aimed at making our customers more productive and maintaining our market leadership." Founded in 1871, The Weir Group PLC is based in Glasgow, Scotland and is one of the world's leading engineering busi- nesses. Weir designs, manufactures and services innovative solutions which make our minerals, oil and gas and power cus- tomers more effcient. The group aims to be a partner of choice to customers with a worldwide network of around 200 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a pres- ence in more than 70 countries, with more than 15,000 people working in three di- visions - Minerals; Oil & Gas; and Power & Industrial. Annual revenues were more than £2.4 billion in 2014, of which almost two thirds came from the provision of ser- vices and aftermarket support. New solutions supplement simulators Her Majesty The Queen with Weir Group chairman Charles Berry (left) and Weir Group CEO Keith Co- chrane, examining some Weir 3D printed models. The Queen meets pump royalty is useful, and therefore important, and should be retained. We can effect retrieval by applying the learning in our day-to-day work, which an operator is doing every shift." Core components of the customizable solution are the CY- BERMINE Computer Based Trainer (CBT) and Operator Famil- iarization Trainer (OFT), which complements the fagship high fdelity CYBERMINE Full Mission Simulator (FMS), which is a realistic simulation tool for practical training. The trainee operator's experience is enhanced by com- bining visual, auditory and tactile feedback and advanced training scenarios. It allows operators to be better prepared for the real world. They can learn the basics from equip- ment start-up to more advanced operating techniques used to increase effciency, reduce equipment wear and tear, fuel consumption and emergency procedures. ThoroughTec says one of South Africa's biggest collier- ies has seen shuttle car loading times come down nearly 30% since continuous miner operators started training on a CYBERMINE continuous miner simulator. This colliery also has simulators for a shuttle car, LHD and utility vehicle and is getting simulators for a soft rock bolter, personnel carrier and heavy duty hauler. ThoroughTec executive vice president of operations Rich- ard Bellengere says "We wanted to go a step further and offer fully customizable training programs for mine sites. After years of research and analysis we found there was a defnite need for systems below high fdelity simulators that would help trainee operators learn everything they need to know about their mine site, equipment and safety before they jump on the simulator and then the real equipment." Greg Reudav enna T +61 8 9477 5111 F +61 8 9477 5211 AEROMAGNETICS RADIOMETRICS X-TEM HELI TDEM Airborne & Ground Geophysics

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