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Colorado School of Mines mine rescue simulator.

Authors
Geier-C; Keogh-E; Torma-Krajewski-J
Source
Min Eng 2014 Feb; 66(2):53-58
NIOSHTIC No.
20045440
Abstract
Previous mine incidents show weaknesses in mine rescue preparedness from poor training in decision making, leadership and incident command center OCC) protocols. Computer simulations offer a larger range of training opportunities for mine rescue teams focusing on exploration and communications. The mine rescue simulator developed by the Colorado School of Mines and Rite Solutions Inc. utilizes four computers for the instructor and team, with the instructor monitoring the team's progress. As the team explores, it relays information back to the Fresh Air Base, which then reports to the ICC. This forces a three-step communication procedure, enhancing the team's overall communication skills and developing ICC protocols. The simulator is decision-based, demanding team decisions be made quickly. Upon completion, teams commented positively. Generally, participants said that the simulator is useful for learning how to communicate and make decisions during mine rescue emergencies. This mine rescue simulator improves team training, providing effective communications practice with an easy setup and no production interruption.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Education; Mine-rescue; Rescue-measures; Emergency-response; Disaster-planning; Simulation-methods; Computer-models; Computer-software; Training; Rescue-workers; Mine-disasters; Mine-escapes; Decision-making; Communication-systems
Contact
C. Geier, Mine Safety and Health Program, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20140201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-008319; M122014
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0026-5187
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
CO; PA
Performing Organization
Missouri University/Science & Technology
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