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iCASTS: iCinema Advanced Safety Training Simulator

iCinema Advanced Safety Training Simulator (iCASTS)

iCASTS: iCinema Advanced Safety Training Simulator

iCASTS virtual reality safety training programs have revolutionised health and safety practices in the international mining industry. iCASTS involves the adaptation of research and technology developed at the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research for applications in interactive, virtual reality programs for mining safety training programs. This collection of technologies includes the Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment (AVIE) and iDome interfaces, and has been adapted for use as training platforms for unique and immersive simulations.

iCASTS has introduced a new standard within the Australian mining industry and the health and safety training sector at large. iCASTS can situate training teams of up to six people in realistic underground scenarios, allowing total immersion and interaction within the parameters set by the responsive training program. iCinema technology allows authors to create virtual environments and entities that react and change in response to user action, allowing teams to both explore sites and carry out tasks within AVIE. iCASTS developers have delivered an unprecedented level of realism and immersion with the AVIE in particular, and are world leaders in the field of immersive virtual reality.

The equipment customised for this adaptation has been used in a variety of digital arts projects and education programs internationally, and the iCASTS project has transformed this suite of technologies into an integral part of the training programs developed by Mines Rescue Pty Ltd and the Shenyang Research Institute at the China Coal Technology and Engineering Group (CCTEG)—one of China’s leading safety research centres. In addition, it has been utilised in the construction sector by Brookfield Multiplex. This $6.7 million industrial application of iCinema’s revolutionary technology thus represents the most highly valued commercialisation undertaken in the media arts field in Australia.

This project was developed in collaboration with researchers from Mining Rescue Pty Ltd/Coal Services Pty Ltd, and the School of Mining Engineering and the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

iCASTS was commissioned by Mining Services Pty Ltd, supported by the School of Mining Engineering, UNSW, and involves the adaptation of technologies developed under the UNSW University Capital Infrastructure Grants Scheme and the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects and Linkage Projects funding schemes (DP0345547DP0556659LP0453638)