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Advanced Equipment Simulators drive business improvement for Downer EDI Mining

5 December, 2008 - Perth Australia

Downer EDI Mining has exclusively chosen Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators to support their “Back to Basics” training program at sites located in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

The AE Simulators produced by Immersive Technologies are globally recognized as the leading simulators for the mining and earthmoving industries, used extensively to increase safety, efficiency and profitability.

The Immersive Technologies training equipment will primarily be used to drive business improvement, train new operators and improve the machine operating skills of existing operators. Downer EDI’s key aims were to manage costs more efficiently and effectively, and upskill existing operators whilst also reducing the impact of operator incidents on the business.

In addition to 3 transportable Simulators, Downer EDI also purchased 7 Conversion Kits® covering Caterpillar 785C, 789C, 793C truck with Vims, Komatsu 930E truck, Terex RH 340 excavator, and Hitachi EX 2500 excavator, and TrainerAdvantage™ Level 4.

Immersive Operator Training (a division of Immersive Technologies) will deliver the TrainerAdvantage™ Level 4 program which is focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of training programs in support of site operating performance objectives.

According to Damien O’Reilly, Chief Executive Offi cer of Downer EDI Mining, the company’s decision to purchase the simulators was based predominantly on two considerations: Downer EDI Mining’s commitment to Zero Harm and its aim to provide clients with superior service.

“The simulators enable us to train our operators to respond to emergency situations without putting them at risk by exposing them to real-life emergencies, and the simulator’s safe learning environment allows both unskilled and skilled employees to be trained much faster.

“In addition, we do not have to pull machinery out of production to train people, so our clients can be assured that we are providing skilled operators, while maintaining production rates and minimizing plant downtime.”

Oye Obe, Executive VP Business Development, Immersive Technologies, says: “We are pleased to support Downer EDI Mining. There are now more than ten mining contractors that collectively have over 40 Immersive Technologies simulator modules in Australia, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. These companies are well positioned to continuously lower their operating costs, increase machine asset life, improve safety and limit risk and exposure in their contracts.”

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About Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.