New computer simulation tool for mine rescue training

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Users experience computerized mine emergency scenarios

Virtual reality screenshot of underground mine rescue training scenarioYou can now experience what it’s like to be a mine rescuer in the world’s first virtual underground mine. ‘Ferdeno’ is an avatar-based simulation that offers a new approach to mine training and development. 

Developed by health and safety innovator NORCAT in collaboration with Ontario Mine Rescue, the Ontario Mine Rescue exhibit at Sudbury’s science education centre Dynamic Earth is the first installation of Ferdeno

Users immerse themselves in mine rescue emergencies while they sit in the comfort of a pod surrounded with high-definition graphic monitors. The experience includes a variety of emergency scenarios, such as fire, first aid, and more. 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” says Ted Hanley, General Manager of Ontario Mine Rescue. “Our goal was to make the Ontario Mine Rescue experience as realistic as possible. So we used our expertise to develop the underground mine emergency storylines. The combinations of scenarios are limitless, and we welcomed the challenge.”

Currently, Ferdeno is available at Dynamic Earth as an educational game, but will also be used by industry professionals to enhance mining safety. The Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review recommended the mine rescue training program create best practices for delivery of training. 

“Ferdeno is a tremendous achievement for mine safety awareness,” says Hanley. “It’s also an important first step towards virtual scenario-based learning for Ontario Mine Rescue emergency responders. We’re looking forward to incorporating this technology into our training.”

For information about Ferdeno, please visit


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