Virtual reality is the new reality at Vale

NORCAT, Sudbury’s innovation and training centre, is working with nickel miner Vale to develop interactive educational tools, like virtual reality, to train its global workforce.

The centre announced a "strategic partnership" with one of the world’s largest mining companies at the Prospectors and Developers mining conference in Toronto, March 2.

NORCAT is out to deliver a suite of "interactive and experiential technology" tools for Vale in the area of equipment operation and maintenance training.

Among these new methods include virtual reality (VR) pre-operational circle check training tools and exercises for mine equipment, including forklifts and utility vehicles.

In a news release, NORCAT’s director of technology Ed Wisniewski said they can provide a portfolio of "engaging and meaningful content in an immersive experience for the global mining industry like no other in the world."

"Experiential learning technologies, including virtual reality, represent the future of training and engaged learning and our work with leading mining companies has demonstrated that, when applied correctly, these integrated technologies create an immersive-learning experience that drives meaningful learning outcomes and enhances knowledge retention," he said.

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