This experience allows school-age kids to learn about working in a mine. It gives students a first-hand look at mining work without putting them in any danger.
It allows kids to explore their curiosity and spark their imagination about a possible career in mining.
The Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) wanted to produce a VR experience that would showcase northern Manitoba mining industry. The experience would be used for digital orientations and career exploration that would help educate high-school kids about the potential for a career in the mining industry
BSD proposed a two-part plan that would include a 360-degree tour of the mine using our VRSafety virtual training platform. For the second part, we proposed a room-scale VR simulation that enabled students to interact in a virtual mine environment.
Northern Manitoba Sector Council, Hudbay Minerals, and Vale Canada also participated in this project.
The development of Mining VR was paid for with a grant form the Community Economic Development Fund.
Mining VR is a mobile VR experience that works on the Pico Neo 2 and Neo 3 headsets.
Both the VRSafety and PPE training portions of the Mining VR Experience run on these headsets.
The VRSafety platform also support web browser access.
Mining VR is built in Unity 3D and utilizes the Open XR development standards.
This project forced us to learn a lot more about the features and limitations of Pico headsets, working with open XR, and supporting multiple headsets . We also had to focus on mobile XR optimization, and creating spacious scenes in a limited play space.
The biggest thing we learned, though, was we created a really unique workflow to go from 360 photos as reference for our art team using VRSafety to produce the reference materials for creating the 3D scenes. We reconstructed the mine and the PPE room in VR using VR.
A software solution will only get you so far. To maximize the potential of a virtual reality training experience, a custom peripheral that matches the real-world machine is your best option. the Bit Space Lab is our hardware design division that handles projects like this.