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( January 9, 1998)
SDSM& T PROFESSOR DEMONSTRATES VIRTUAL REALITY MINE DESIGN ON LEARNING CHANNEL PROGRAM JANUARY 12TH
The Learning Channel program, Extreme Machines: Earth Breakers, includes a demonstration of virtual mine design software by Dr. Zbigniew Hladysz, SDSM& T Chair and Professor of Mining Engineering. The program will be shown Monday, January 12, at 6: 00 MST, on TCI cable channel 44 and Rapid Choice channel 31.
The Learning Channel program features a journey down into the Homestake Mine, the deepest mine in the United States. Staff members of Pioneer Productions from London, England visited the South Dakota Tech campus last spring to film Hladysz’s demonstration of virtual reality mining.
Virtual mine design offers tremendous potential for helping the mining industry meet the future material needs of society while still balancing important environmental considerations. By first designing mines on the computer, the industry can utilize cutting- edge technology to ensure that its mining operations in the 21st century are as safe, economical, and environmentally sound as possible.
On- screen visitors can enter the mine, go down the main intake shaft and travel through all the tunnels and other passageways of the mine. In addition, the infrastructure, utilities, vehicles and other components necessary to operate the underground mine are included in the integrated mine design and are shown on the screen.
Dr. Hladysz uses the innovative Vulcan virtual mine design software developed by Maptek, Inc. to teach his students computerized mining design by creating underground and surface mining sites in virtual reality. Through the use of virtual mining software, SDSM& T undergraduate students design a computerized mine that provides a three- dimensional view of all aspects of the mine. The first mining department in the world to implement the Vulcan software in its curriculum, SDSM& T is one of the very few universities, and possibly the only institution, whose mining department requires undergraduate students to actually use integrated mine design software in their senior design projects.
For information on viewing times and channels outside the Rapid City area, individuals should check with their local cable company.
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