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Virtual Reality in Mining Conference 2015

Date 15 July 2015
- 17 July 2015
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The SAIMM in conjunction with the Department of Mining Engineering, University of Pretoria, presents the  ...

Virtual Reality (VR) and spatial information applications in the mining industry
Conference 2015
15-17 July 2015

Virtual Reality (VR) is a continuously evolving technology where a user interacts with a three-dimensional computer simulated environment, which the user perceives as comparable to real world objects and events. As computer hardware and software technology have improved, the ease with which interactive simulations can be developed and deployed has improved significantly and lower cost, high quality development tools have become available. VR applications in education and training have become increasingly popular in the context of effective knowledge transfer. Although VR technology has improved significantly over the last few years, its potential advantages with specific reference to Safety Health and the Environment (SHE) and mine planning and design, are relatively unknown.

Mining technical information is three dimensional. Miners think in pictures of their holes in the ground. Recent advances in open standard spatial data formats have opened up new and highly visual opportunities for integrated information management. Routine reporting and analytical exercises create new levels of insight into mining issues and challenges.

The ability to integrate mining technical data irrespective of source (323 and counting) opens up the possibility of integration with commercial information, access to readily available analytical toolsets and therefore has consequences across the enterprise.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact
Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

The conference will have as its main objective to expose mine employees locally and abroad to the development and application of VR and spatial information management in their day to day work environment. This will be relevant to all levels of production management and multi-disciplinary planning personnel, including those involved with SHE and risk related education and training, as well as mining education and training service providers. VR related technology available for mine planning and design and its potential integration with current mine design software packages will also form part of this conference. The main reason for this conference is that VR and spatial information management related applications in the mining industry have never been presented in such a comprehensive way at an international forum. It is currently very topical and needs to be exploited.

Who Should Attend
The conference should be of interest to anyone working in or with the mining sector where VR and spatial information management initiatives could be applicable. It would be of particular relevance to individuals involved in mining education and training or mine planning and design, incorporating production and integrated mine planning related activities.
- Mine managers seeking innovative solutions for identified key activities on mines
- Equipment manufacturers using VR technology in their training (simulators)
- Mine SHE practitioners
- Mine planning and design practitioners
- Mining education and training service providers
- Potential users of VR related technology applications
- Digital scanning specialists
- Spatial information management practitioners.

Papers are invited on the following topics which are expected to be dealt with during the conference proceedings:
Mine planning and design
Mining equipment operation
3D serious games for training
Simulations in training
Simulatins in optimisation
VR simulators.

Call for papers
The Conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Key Dates
20 January 2015   Submission of Abstracts
27 January 2015   Acceptance of Abstracts
10 March 2015      Submission of Papers
15-17 July 2015    Conference Date

Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923