CCARM's research on mining simulators and their role in maintenance and training

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 83, No. 933, 1990

J.B. Edwardsf, Professor of Mining Robotics and Automation, McGill University, Montreal

The case is presented for the use of simulators for the computer-based training (CBT) of mining plant operators and for introducing them to automatically controlled systems. As well as their use in the classroom, the role of simulators is examined for "on-plant" use in trouble-shooting, fault-finding and maintenance of automatic systems. Case studies are presented showing how specific simulators are becoming established or have potential in the areas of automated materials handling, machine testing, setup and guidance. The evolution of scientific simulations into simulators of widespread practical use is discussed and present-day limitations of computer speed and graphics are considered. Related areas of research for the Canadian Centre for Automation and Robotics in Mining (CCARM) are identified.
Mots Clés: Simulation, Mining operations, Computer applications, Training, Automation