If you’re a UNSW Mining Engineering student, ViMINE enables you to experience various aspects of a mining operation by integrating several types of simulation into one environment. In scenario-based learning activities, you can access information from multiple simulations and make decisions throughout the whole life of a simulated mine.
This platform takes you from initial exploration to final site rehabilitation and evaluates their effectiveness for building systems thinking skills. Essentially, you’ll have access to a fully "operational" mine to experiment with.
The aims of using ViMINE are to:
Specific educational objectives of the ViMINE are:
ViMINE has the capability to be used at different levels of sophistication for study to give you an overall picture of various mining activities and processes. Both the facility and the learning designs could also be easily adapted for other engineering disciplines where multiple simulation tools are already available.
ViMINE allows you to carry out several mine design projects where they link separate mine planning and design simulation software packages, as part of one simulation exercise – i.e. the results from one simulation tool will flow through to another. Currently there are two modules that have been developed in the first stage of ViMine 1 – ViMine 1A: Introduction to Mining Methods and ViMine 1B: Mining Method Selection.
ViMINE is currently offered to individuals free of charge for academic uses and personal research upon request. We hope this offering will provide feedback to both improve the software and develop new functionality as such your feedback is integral to our future. Should you wish to implement the software on a wider scale or for commercial purposes,
UNSW’s technology transfer office NewSouth Innovations would be happy to discuss this with you. Please contact us for more details and to arrange a discussion with NewSouth Innovations. We welcome any feedback and comments regarding ViMINE on the web.
For more information, contact Professor Serkan Saydam.
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