NEWCASTLE, Australia – (August 28, 2013) – Christie®
has created an immersive simulation training environment for the Mines Rescue Service in New South Wales with five Christie WU12K-M
WUXGA DLP® projectors installed in the 360-degree Theater of the Newcastle Mines Rescue Station.
A subsidiary of Coal Services, Mines Rescue has dedicated its resources for almost 90 years to providing underground incident response and training to ensure the highest quality standards. Recognizing the importance of simulation training, Mines Rescue’s Newcastle center incorporated the most advanced real world Virtual Reality (VR) facilities available, using state of the art VR Platforms comprising Domes, Curved Screen and 360-degree 3D Theatre. The Virtual Reality facilities combine with classroom activity and practical training to deliver a complete, full training system.
According to Bruce Dowsett, manager, Virtual Reality Technologies, Mines Rescue, the 360-degree Theater aims to provide the best possible mine environment imagery, which will fully immerse the industry trainees to maximize training benefits. It allows trainees to experience and respond to real hazards in a safe and controlled environment before actually encountering them in the workplace. It delivers high quality training and outcomes that could be lifesaving. “The importance of this facility should not be underestimated. It’s critical to providing training for the coal industry. We believe in using world-leading best practice and the theater provides an integral part to a complete training solution that is second to none.”
Through the 360-degree simulation using the Christie WU12K-M projectors, trainees, in groups of 12 to 15, are exposed to a vast range of real-life scenarios including unaided underground self-escape, underground strata stability, open cut truck and shovel operations, and a range of other important core risk skills. The training system prompted the trainees – through group discussions – to decide how to deal with these situations while providing feedback on correct or incorrect responses as part of the assessment process.
In September 2011, Mines Rescue replaced its existing projection system in the 360-degree Theatre with five Christie WU12K-M
Mounted on pedestals to the ceiling surrounding the cylindrical screen, the new Christie projection system “… has provided for more viability for training purposes and certainly achieves a very good result for us and that has been proven by participants and trainees, as the comments made are positive. There’s no one walking out of the facility that hasn’t commented on the ‘wow’ factor.”
The recognition of the new projection system doesn’t stop at the door of the facility: Since the installation of the Christie projectors, the 360-degree Theatre has been chosen for exercises in regional mine rescue competitions.
“The mining industry contributes significantly to the Australian economy. But with the economic value of these natural resources, there also lies risks inherent in mining underground. Therefore mine rescue training is of paramount importance to the practitioners,” noted Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “Christie is honored to be selected for the virtual reality technologies of Mines Rescue NSW. Our technologies that are synonymous with sharp images with vibrant colors will continue to simulate a virtual mine to train and benefit new and experienced miners.”
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie® delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com
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