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TrainerAdvantage™ delivers real results around the globe

18 June, 2008 - Perth Australia

Leading training simulator provider Immersive Technologies has achieved a further milestone with the successful certification of its 400th participant in ‘TrainerAdvantage™’, the globally recognised certification program for simulator training personnel in the mining industry.

TrainerAdvantage™ was launched by Immersive Technologies in March 2006 to support the growing demand of its Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulator. The three level certification program includes classroom and hands-on sessions working with the AE Simulator under the instruction of an
Immersive Technologies certified instructor. Each level is designed to progressively increase the training personnel’s knowledge from basic operation of the simulator to advanced administration operation.

Scott Ellis, Training Coordinator at Coal and Allied, Rio Tinto, was the 400th trainer to complete the certification.

Ellis said, “The implementation of the simulator after the TrainerAdvantage™ course has made our training and assessment processes a lot quicker and safer. We are using the AE Simulator for reassessment of our existing operators on emergency and safety events with great success. As a result we are now also implementing an evaluation process for pre-employment of our trainees onsite and are currently achieving great results. We are very happy with the success so far.”

Peter Templeton, Global Customer Service Manager for Immersive Technologies and coordinator of the TrainerAdvantage™ program, has to date deployed the course in 19 countries around the world.

Templeton said, “We have consistently seen utilisation levels of the simulator increase following the delivery of TrainerAdvantage™. More importantly we have seen our customers begin to implement more targeted and sophisticated training programs following the course, further maximising their site’s training effectiveness and performance of their equipment operators.”

Immersive Technologies’ TrainerAdvantage™ program is the recognised global certification standard for simulator training personnel in the industry and provides mines with a means to identify qualified training staff when recruiting. Feedback has shown that mines working with TrainerAdvantage™ certified training staff are generating results from day one.

Demand for the course is expected to grow as Immersive Technologies continues to experience record sales of its simulator products.

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About Immersive Technologies

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.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.

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