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How VR Training Transforms The Mining Sector

The mining industry in Australia is on the brink of a transformative revolution, and it’s not science fiction—it’s happening now. Professor Tom Raimondo, a top geologist and tech expert, predicts that within decades, we might bid farewell to the era of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers. How? Through the power of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and automation.

Professor Raimondo and his team at the University of South Australia are spearheading this change. By developing VR and AR platforms, they’re making mining operations safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly.

Their work, backed by the MinEx CRC collaboration, includes projects like the RoXplorer digital twin and the Exploration Metaverse. These platforms enable workers to simulate mining operations virtually without any real-world impact.

These technologies are paving the way for safer practices across industries like forestry, construction, and fire management. Imagine a future where miners interact with digital twins and robots rather than risking their lives in hazardous conditions.

These cutting-edge technologies are reshaping how mining works. They allow tasks to be done remotely, saving time, money, and reducing risks for workers. This illustrates how VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) have advanced in recent years.

At Skillup-VTS we offer several standardised VR training modules for a multitude of industries. Contact us to find out how we can help you.


Researcher Professor Tom Raimondo | From article ”Brave new virtual world fast becoming a reality in the mining sector”.

University of South Australia | 28 May 2024

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