According to research, stakeholders who understand and adopt Industry 4.0 innovations in the mining sector have a better chance of optimising mining output and productivity and to improve the health and safety of mineworkers. Could digital gaming help them view the possibilities?
An innovative mining simulation centre based at the Mandela Mining Precinct, at the CSIR in Melville, Johannesburg, uses digital ‘experiential’ gaming to teach senior executives and stakeholders how to manage mines following the latest Industry 4.0 technology innovations.
SiMINE, an “experiential” mining game from local management consultancy Vuuma Collaborations, is a purpose-built mining simulation centre that provides a true-to-life experience of the complex dynamics of the total life of mine value chain. Aspiring mining engineers and students can also benefit from the gaming experience.
Mining simulation can assist CEOs and mining executives in understanding operational constraints and critical challenges in mining, to devise innovative ways of solving problems and improving operations.
Decision Inc. Immix has implemented multiple solutions for major players in the mining space. The company adds value by either replacing current ERP solutions or enhancing existing solutions. The result is much-needed extended functionality.
It creates a digital replica of the mining environment and invites participants to complete specific assignments meant to demonstrate key principles in mining operations and various tech innovations that could make a difference in mining performance, quality and safety.
The simulation is highly interactive, promising, immersive and a form of experiential learning. The SiMINE team includes mining engineers who have worked in the sector and are well-versed in the complexities of mining operations.
Also, a virtual reality simulation, such as the Kumba Virtual Reality Centre at the University of Pretoria, one of the precinct’s academic collaborators, can simulate environmental and behavioural risks of interest. For example, simulations of rock fall and other hazards can assist in improving incident response and training.
Mining simulations are becoming instrumental in identifying mining risks and opportunities through various challenging scenarios, pushing the barriers to technology adoption in the industry.
Find out more about SiMINE at http://simine.co/.
Decision Inc. Immix’s software provides extensive exploration, Mining, and Mineral Process (xMMP) solutions for key mining requirements, including functionality required for nearly all of the Total Life of Mine (LOM) requirements.
Microsoft Dynamics AX serves as the platform for the xMMP product suite and is a world-class global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution used by over 20 000 businesses across the globe.