LOAD-haul-dump (LHD) operators at Padcal copper and gold mine in the Philippines will benefit from Philex Mining’s investment in a CYBERMINE Training System. This will combine an advanced, high-fidelity training simulator with E-learning to enhance the safety and efficiency levels in the mine’s load and haul operations.

Padcal is almost 60-years-old and was the first block cave mining operation in the Far East. The mine selected ThoroughTec Simulation’s CYBERMINE Training System from a number of other potential vendors to bring next generation training to their Sandvik LH514 fleet.

The E-learning system is an introductory level tool developed to walk novice recruits through a particular machine’s basic controls and operation, as well as the mine environment, site operating procedures and safety checks. Padcal’s LHD operators will then be trained on the high-fidelity simulator, a highly realistic replication of the actual machine.

“We have a very close relationship with the surrounding community which we often invest in,” says Philex SVP and resident manager of Padcal operations Manuel Agcaoili. “The CYBERMINE systems will help uplift the skill level in the community. The company’s community relations team developed the Philex Miners Program with a progressive and future oriented outlook for the local community.” The program included a new training centre for skills development in the Benguet area, which included an investment in operator training featuring E-learning and full mission simulator technology.

“We also look forward to these new training systems helping us improve and maintain the high level of safety and efficiency demanded here at Padcal and Philex Mining as a whole,” says Manuel Agcaoili.

“We are proud to have been selected by Philex as this signals the first simulator training program for mining operators in the Philippines,” says Thoroughtec’s regional vice president of Asia Pacific Larin Allison. “Incorporating CYBERMINE into their training program will not only help Padcal increase safety levels. These training systems have been proven in helping to decrease operating costs, which in the current mining climate, is vital,” he says.

“LHDs are the workhorses of most underground mines and operators need to know how to operate them safely and efficiently. The CYBERMINE system is extremely useful for evaluating how the operator reacts in an emergency. It’s obviously difficult to simulate a fire on the actual equipment, so the simulator is a very useful tool in simulating a fire and assessing how the operator reacts.”

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