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An ore-inspiring underground experience

Our Mobile CUT Mine made its debut at the recent Resources Technology Showcase, a free exhibition open to the public which showcased the technology of the future in the resources sector.  

  • We converted a shipping container to give visitors the experience of entering an underground mine.  
  • Visitors donned high-vis vests, safety glasses and completed an animated site induction before entering our Mobile CUT Mine with a tablet and headphones.  
  • Our software development graduate, Macklin Brosens, worked with our IT lecturers to create an augmented reality app which showed visitors how the latest technology is being used in the mining and resources sector.

Inspiration for the Mobile CUT Mine came from our existing unique simulated underground mine, the CUT Mine, located at our Perth campus.  

NMTAFE Director of Science, Resources and Greenskills, Paula Dewhurst said the CUT Mine had provided countless students with the real-life skills required to work in the mining and resources sector.  

“Our success in industry-targeted training with the CUT Mine inspired us to create a mobile version, to give people an unforgettable ‘underground’ experience in a dark, confined space,” she said. 

The ‘mine’ gave visitors the opportunity to see how the latest technology is being used in the sector, through interactive AR stations featuring virtual reality, drones, ground penetrating radar, shotfiring and automation. 

“A special thank you goes to our industry partners Barminco, Roy Hill and Fortescue Metals Group, whose equipment and facilities featured in our app. This allowed visitors a real glimpse into the industry,” said Paula.  

The Mobile CUT Mine and other interactive hands-on displays certainly sparked the interest of many young people, some who hadn’t considered a career in the mining or resources sector before the event.  

The Resources Technology Showcase saw almost 6000 school students from across the Perth metropolitan region and many members of the public attend the event.  

Watch The West Australian visit our Mobile CUT Mine or find out more about our mining courses.  


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