Nordgold said the CYBERMINE simulator, which includes a learning platform and surface excavator simulator cab, will use visual, auditory and tactile feedback to allow operators to improve their skills in a safe environment.
ThoroughTec's CYBERMINE mining simulation system is housed in a 6m ISO high-cube container, with replicas of the actual mining instruments and controls designed to look, feel and operate as they do in the actual mining vehicle. The simulator uses motion platforms with both 3 and 6 Degrees of Freedom (3DOF and 6DOF).
The simulator project will cost Nordgold around US$800,000 and follows a major investment programme by the company across its West African operations in both Burkina Faso and Guinea in 2019.
"West Africa, which now accounts for half our total group production, is a key region for Nordgold," said Yulia Sklar, human resources director. "We remain committed to further developing our operations in the region. So investing in our people and their skills development is vital to our future success."
WATC was launched earlier this year near the Lefa mine to improve the technical skills of Nordgold's 1,300-strong workforce based in the region.
"These simulation tools are an important part of our wider training programme into which we have invested significantly over the past two years. They will enhance the skills of our people, and in turn will enable us to run safer, more efficient operations," added Sklar.
Nordgold has successfully constructed three gold mines since 2013, including two in Burkina Faso (Bouly and Bissa) and most recently, the Gross mine in Russia.