Ever wondered what it was like to be in a real underground mine? Well wonder no more because the Resources Technology Showcase of 2021 offers visitors the chance to experience a Mobile CUT Mine. A miniature replica of the unique simulated underground CUT Mine has been built at the North Metropolitan TAFE’s Perth campus.
Visitors can see, hear and immerse themselves in an underground mine, which is an incredible opportunity for the younger generation to see what the future could hold for them.
The replica was first announced in 2019, allowing visitors the full mining experience including an animated induction of the site before entering. Visitors will also meet a surveyor, environmental scientist, geologist, metallurgist, VR developer and robotics technician and learn about some of the technologies they use within their jobs.
“We are proud to be part of the Resources Technology Showcase once again and to have the opportunity to exhibit our cutting-edge technology in automation, defence, resources, applied engineering. SM TAFE is leading the VET sector in automation training through our partnership with Rio Tinto Iron Ore for the development of Australia’s first qualifications in autonomous and remote operations. We are always striving to be at the forefront of training in rapidly evolving technologies,” SM TAFE managing director Terry Durant.
Further to the simulation will be the opportunity to test out mBots, programmable mobile robot trucks which are controlled through an app on mobile devices. Visitors will have the chance to operate this new emerging form of technology, as the automation display is set to simulate a mine site with the mBot dump trucks collecting and offloading rocks.