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EPSA and Immersive Technologies Partner in Global Mining Workforce Development

28 November 2022

Immersive Technologies and EPSA have partnered in a number of community workforce development projects. For a phosphate project in Saudi Arabia, EPSA has implemented a Komatsu HD785-7 Simulator training program with a focus to enhance operational readiness and support EPSA’s strategy to train a growing Saudi Arabian workforce.

For the majority of operators, the simulator training program represented the first opportunity to get behind the controls and gain hands-on equipment operating experience. Simulation provides a safe and risk-free environment to not only build basic machine operation skills, but also specific techniques related to safety, machine care and production optimization. One of the main project objectives was to streamline the training process at EPSA mining operations to ensure long term operator productivity and reduced risks associated with newly developed workforces. Deploying simulation technology has aided in EPSA maintaining a level of zero % of lost time injuries from the project’s start and has also helped EPSA reach Saudization milestones with over 80%+ of the current haulage operators being Saudi Arabian.

“EPSA aim to deliver a high degree of equipment availability and production levels for our mines. We also have an on-going focus on improving safety. Our partnership with Immersive Technologies has helps us prepare workforces to meet these goals and to support a culture of safety and benefit to all workers” says Mahfoud Snacel, Training Manager of EPSA.

PRO3-B Advanced Equipment Simulator in EPSA
Mahfoud Snacel, Training Manager of EPSA (left side) and Lucas Natoli, Regional Manager for Immersive Technologies in Europe & Middle East (right side) next to the PRO3-B Advanced Equipment Simulator in EPSA/Al Khabra Mine in Northern Saudi Arabia.

“Immersive Technologies is fully committed to supporting EPSA’s strategic workforce development strategy, this includes ensuring the mining communities have the right people, process and technology to develop safe and productive workforces.” Says Johan Stemmet, Regional Vice President - EMEA & CIS for Immersive Technologies.

EPSA also utilizes workforce development solutions at Isaac Downs in Queensland and have acquired two world leading PRO5 Simulators at their open-cut coal mine in Australia.

About EPSA

EPSA is an Earthmoving company with a global presence and over 60 years of experience in the industry. We operate primarily in the mining and civil works sectors. We are proud of our team of people who strive together to achieve client goals based on a shared culture of: “Safety, responsibility, common sense and pride in a job well done”. EPSA currently has a workforce of over 3,500 professionals. These are the company’s most valuable assets.

We undertake our work using our own plant and equipment. As a result, we have the operational, organizational and material resources internally to execute each project. The full staff complement takes responsibility for ensuring these resources are both maintained and constantly enhanced.

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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 increase Customer profitability by optimizing the safety and productivity of their operators. 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.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 48 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 and Tucson USA, Fort McMurray and Vancouver Canada, Estado de México Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Belo Horizonte Brazil, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Moscow Russia.

Immersive Technologies has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, industry endorsement, 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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