This augmented reality (AR) application showcases a mining method used to extract lithium, which goes into making electric cars. The experience explores the processes involved in extracting a hypothetical lithium resource using the open pit mining method. For this project, a complete mining operation was modelled in 3D and animated to simulate the activities involved at different stages of mining. Within the application you learn about the steps involved in the mining sequence by placing these 3D models on the table in-front of you using AR. This allows you to walk around and observe the mining processes from all angles. To aid in understanding, information is presented at different scales, from visualising the underground orebody, to seeing the whole mine site, to focusing on individual truck and shovel operations.
This experience was developed for the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for use in their mining engineering courses. It was made to run on:
We have found augmented reality (AR) to be a really useful tool in explaining complex 3D concepts to students. It allows them to understand interrelated processes and how equipment interacts. It makes sense for people to learn in 3D when they need to apply their understanding to a 3D world. Does your teaching material contain a complex 3D process, system, or design that you would like to help your students to understand? Please get in touch and we will help you produce something that not only helps your students but has them talking about the experience outside the classroom.