Increasing effectivness of mine safety training using inexpensive camera and rendering technology

S. Schafrik, M. A. Trevits, G. Frampton

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Abstract

Mine safety training materials have long included pictures of mine conditions, equipment, hazards, etc. These images are invaluable to both the trainee and the trainer to convey many important concepts. The human eye takes in a tremendous amount of information, while the field-of-view from a consumer grade camera is, generally, 40 degrees to 90-degrees. This difference in field-of-view is a primary reason that pictures, especially of dark and dusty areas, don't adequately describe the scene. For conveying information to a trainee, these images lack context. Today, 360-degree cameras are available with consumer-grade cameras costing a few hundred dollars. Also, the display technology is already owned by most trainees and trainers and is widely available. The resulting 360-degree videos and pictures can be readily viewed on smart phones and inserted into Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows. These images and videos can easily be included in existing training modules, disseminated using the internet, and used by trainees easily. We propose a methodology for utilization of 360-degree video and images with simple display technology for miner training.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 SME Annual Conference and Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section - Vision, Innovation and Identity: Step Change for a Sustainable Future - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Feb 25 2018Feb 28 2018

Conference

Conference2018 SME Annual Conference and Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section - Vision, Innovation and Identity: Step Change for a Sustainable Future
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period2/25/182/28/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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