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Major mining contractor orders second training simulator

1 August, 2005 - Perth Australia

Indonesia ’s largest domestic mining contractor, PT Pamapersada Nusantara (Pamapersada), has renewed its commitment to simulator-based training with the purchase of a second Advanced Equipment Simulator from Australian manufacturer Immersive Technologies.

The contractor will employ the Immersive Technologies Series 2B Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulator at the 3.5 million tonnes per annum Bontang thermal coal mine in East Kalimantan.

Pamapersada, part of the diversified industrial group PT United Tractors, bought its first Immersive Technologies AE Simulator in July, 2004. The simulator is integral to training of some 300 personnel a year at Indonesia’s largest export coal mine, Adaro, in South Kalimantan. A similar number of operators are expected to be trained with the aid of the AE Simulator at Bontang.

Pamapersada cited the flawless commissioning of its first training simulator as a factor in the follow-up purchase. As well as improving the speed and efficiency of operator training, the technology allows mine and fleet owners to assess and compare trainee dump truck and other equipment operators with performance benchmarks set by more experienced personnel.

Pamapersada’s decision to extend its use of AE Simulators in the Indonesian coal industry continues a trend which has seen other large mining contractors such as PT Thiess Indonesia, Roche Mining and Thiess ( Australia) adopt the technology. It also underlines the importance companies are attaching to advancing operator skills, safety and equipment utilisation in regions with finite skilled labour resources. Immersive AE Simulators are used extensively at sites such as Kaltim Prima, Batu Hijau and Grasberg, in Indonesia.

Executive Director for Immersive Technologies, Wayde Salfinger, said "the smooth commissioning of Pama’s first AE Simulator at Adaro could be attributed partly to a high level of communication between Immersive Technologies and Pamapersada."

“Adaro liaised very effectively to ensure the process was as smooth as possible,” Mr Salfinger said.

“On the ground assistance from Adaro staff saw the AE Simulator fully assembled and functional in record time. The simulator was ready for training within hours of support personnel arriving on site.

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Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

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