Freeport operators get a lesson in Cat Command

Simulators from Immersive Technologies are preparing Freeport-McMoRan’s operators in Indonesia to remotely operate semi-autonomous Cat underground LHDs
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Simulator for Cat R1700G, R2900G underground loaders

Staff reporter

PRESS RELEASE: The training simulators from Immersive Technologies are preparing operators for Caterpillar's semi-autonomous LHD operations with Cat Command for Underground.

Command for Underground automates the tramming and dumping component of an underground loader's load-haul-dump cycle. The operator has the ability to control the machine from an office or remote location away from the hazards of the underground mine. One or more machines can be controlled at once, enhancing operator safety and optimising production between multiple machines.

In the past Command for Underground operators were required to have experience operating the LHD R1600G, but with the training features of the Immersive Technologies simulator, non-operators can now also be trained.

The trainees are given 10 hours of classroom training followed by 20 hours in the LHD R1600G IM360 simulator. Upon completion, they then complete a further 20 hours of training within the Immersive Technologies' Command for Underground simulator, where they advance to practical training and evaluation.

Ravitha Sukumaran, product manager at Immersive Technologies, said: "The realism and functionality of our simulators at FMI had to be very authentic as many of the trainees had never been in an LHD.

"Trainees needed to build up basic operating skills before they could even begin Command for Underground Training.

"The blended learning from our IM360 and Command for Underground simulators delivered a seamless training experience."