Virtual reality mine design with your hands

ViMine VR Mine Design

Practicing mine design in the virtual world provides a fast and fail-friendly environment to learn about the impacts of mine layout. The ViMine mine design experience was created... Read more

Practicing mine design in the virtual world provides a fast and fail-friendly environment to learn about the impacts of mine layout. The ViMine mine design experience was created to educate and test students by immersing them into a virtual sandbox.

Students need to work together to decide on infrastructure placement, road paths, dump sizing, pipe layout, and more, for a given landscape scenario. It is a great (and enjoyable) test where they bring together years of learning into a creative design assessment.

A series of push-back scenarios are presented where students are given the total ore and waste volumes. They then need to make assumptions and calculate how many waste dumps will be required (for the PAF and NAF material), how large the tailings dam will need to be. Between the mining steps they can also decide if they use large waste dumps and tailings dams, or if they use smaller ones and progressively rehabilitate them as the mine proceeds. 

Their assumptions and decisions can then be questioned by the facilitator to make sure the students have taken everything into account. This includes the social and environmental factors of the township surrounding the location of the hypothetical mine. It is a fantastic way to problem-solve and learn. 

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The ViMine experience was the brainchild of Professor Serkan Saydam and Dr Rudra Mitra within the School of Mining Engineering at the university of New South Wales. It has been through many iterations, starting as a module within a 360o immersive VR theatre, to a VR headset experience inside the Oculus Rift and lately updated for the Oculus Quest. 

Client:

UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering

Technology: VR
Collaborative VR headset mine design

Want a VR sandbox for your students?

The highest form of understanding a concept is expressed when you are able to bring knowledge together to create something new. A virtual sandbox gives students the ability to create,... Read more

The highest form of understanding a concept is expressed when you are able to bring knowledge together to create something new. A virtual sandbox gives students the ability to create, iterate and assess their designs in a fail-friendly environment.

Virtual reality (VR) is a great tool to immerse students within an experience and also provide them with the ability to interact with the environment. The connectivity of VR headsets allows multiple students to work together, from wherever they are. This is the future of remote teamwork.

If you have an education topic that you think would suit well to a VR sandbox experience then we would love to help you make it come to life. Leave us a comment below. 

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