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Keyano College meet industry demands with Immersive Technologies training simulators

4 March, 2010 - Alberta Canada

Canadian based education institute, Keyano College, has expanded the capacity of its mining operator training program with the acquisition of additional simulators from Immersive Technologies.

Responding to direct industry requests for additional mining graduates and the forecasted requirement for over 1,000 new equipment operators, Keyano College took the proactive step to significantly increase its capacity to deliver comprehensive and effective equipment training programs utilising the world’s leading earthmoving training simulators.

Commissioned in February 2010, the college’s latest simulator package includes five simulators, together with five modular ‘Conversion Kits’, simulating a range of Caterpillar and Komatsu haul truck models.

Keyano College Program Coordinator, Janet Somerville said “We had been providing the oil sands companies with 72 graduates a year. With these additional simulators we now have the ability to double our graduate numbers to 150 whilst also increasing students’ simulator based training time to approximately 20 hours, whereas before they were only getting around 8 hours.”

Immersive Technologies Regional Business Development Manager, Kim Lundgreen said “Keyano College is actively responding to the growing operator demands of the oil sands industry. This new simulation based capacity will deliver significant training and financial benefits to the college, whilst also supporting the wider mining industry.”

Immersive Technologies’ simulators are unique in that they utilize proprietary machine technical information provided exclusively to Immersive Technologies from the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H Mining Equipment. These OEMs have chosen to work exclusively with Immersive Technologies for the development of advanced training simulators to ensure their equipment is simulated correctly.

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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.