ViMINE is a tool for mining engineering students to experience various aspects of a mining operation working together, integrating several types of simulation into one environment. In scenario-based learning activities run through the ViMINE environment, students can access information from multiple simulations and make decisions throughout the whole life of a simulated mine, from initial exploration to final site rehabilitation and evaluate their effectiveness for building systems thinking skills. Essentially students may access to a fully "operational" mine to experiment with.
The aims of using ViMINE are to:
Specific educational objectives of the ViMINE are:
Although ViMINE focuses on developing and trialing the approach with students in the mining engineering program, the facility has the capability to be used at different levels of sophistication for study at different levels that could support a simple game activity for students to give them 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, for example in chemical, civil and petroleum engineering.
ViMINE will allow students to carry out a number of 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.
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Saydam, S and Mitra, R (2011). "An interactive system approach to Mining Engineering Education: ViMINE - Virtual iMINE." Presented at the 22nd Annual General Meeting, Society of Mining Professors, September 12 - 15, 2011, Arequipa, Peru.
Mitra, R. and Saydam, S. (2011). “Using Virtual Reality for improving Mining Engineering Education.” 34th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes and Mine Safety Exhibition. 7 – 11 December, 2011. New Delhi, India. pp 625 – 636.
Download the User Manual for ViMINE on the web.
The current modules are being regularly used at the School of Mining Engineering. If you would like a copy of the assignments, you need to contact Dr Rudrajit Mitra. This will be available for academic staff only.
ViMINE is currently offered to individuals free of charge for their personal research and academic uses 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 would welcome any feedback and comments regarding ViMINE on the web.