Haile Gold Mine Invests in Employee and Community Development with Immersive Technologies Training Solution

8 February 2024

Throughout the production and exploration of the Haile Gold Mine, OceanaGold has remained committed to the safety of their employees, the environment, and the local community. Their investment in an Immersive Technologies operator training solution supports their strategy to maximize mining potential and continuously ensure safe, eco-friendly practices.

By modernizing the technologies and tools available for training, the mine is expecting multiple stakeholder groups to benefit. The simulator includes Conversion Kits® (interchangeable cab modules) for Sandvik TH663 underground trucks and Sandvik LH517i loaders for underground operation. It also supports conversion kits for Komatsu PC4000-6 loaders and 730E haul trucks for the surface mine.

Haile’s training team in front of the IM360 Advanced Equipment Simulator
Haile’s training team in front of the IM360 Advanced Equipment Simulator

Safer – Cleaner and More Productive Training Outcomes - Simulator training allows operators to be trained and assessed without the need to borrow machines from production. This allows trainees to practice many skills, including safe machine operation before being placed into a live mining environment. Because operators are consistently shown and assessed on the proper operating techniques, they have a better understanding and knowledge of the real machine, they also burn no fuel during the training process learn to operate their machinery with behaviors that maximize fuel efficiency. This type of training can also extend the life of the mining equipment, resulting in less consumption of parts and in higher machine availability.

“The addition of the training simulator aligns with our commitment to providing Haile Gold Mine operators with the best tools and resources. It offers a new dimension to our training approach by allowing us to create real-world conditions while empowering our operators to enhance their skills and make informed decisions in a controlled environment.” says David Londoño, Chief Operating Officer at Oceanagold Corporation.

The mine is already seeing benefits from the training solution. Spot times under the shovel have improved 10.08% resulting in greater haulage productivity and the damage from brake system misuse has dropped by 65% resulting in less machine down time.

“The partnership between Immersive Technologies and OceanaGold Haile Gold Mine is in its infancy, and yet we’ve already seen significant gains in productivity (10% spot time improvement) and a reduction in brake damage (65% decrease in brake events). The commitment from Haile Gold Mine to invest in their people is now continuing into their underground expansion project. We look forward to supporting them to achieve sustainable results for years to come.” – Adam Norris, Regional Vice President – North America at Immersive Technologies.

Pre-Start Inspection on Touchscreen
Pre-Start Inspection on Touchscreen - Increase Training Throughput, Operator Learning Retention, and Improve Training Consistency

About Haile Gold Mine

OceanaGold’s Haile Gold Mine is the only operating gold mine east of the Mississippi River. Along with creating a safe workplace that allows employees to grow and succeed, the company hires locally, with 85% of its workforce living in the local community. OceanaGold is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and has operations in New Zealand, the Philippines and the USA.

For more information on Haile, please visit www.hailegoldmine.com. For more information on OceanaGold, please visit www.oceanagold.com.

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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 50 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to providing 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, Vancouver Canada, Zacatecas Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Belo Horizonte Brazil, 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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