• Client

    UNSW SMERE

  • Year

    2018

  • Platforms

    VR Theatre, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest

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.

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.

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“It has been a pleasure always to work with the team at Vantage Interactive. They know what they do and do the best in everything. Very professional. Would surely recommend if you are looking for a team to develop something for you in the virtual space.”

– Dr. Rudrajit Mitra (Head of Research at Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT), RWTH Aachen)

  • Client

    UNSW SMERE

  • Year

    2018

  • Platforms

    VR Theatre, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest

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.

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.

  • Share:

“It has been a pleasure always to work with the team at Vantage Interactive. They know what they do and do the best in everything. Very professional. Would surely recommend if you are looking for a team to develop something for you in the virtual space.”

– Dr. Rudrajit Mitra (Head of Research at Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT), RWTH Aachen)

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