Vehicle safety simulator for Teck Mining – powered by Bullet physics

Our new safety & training simulator for Teck puts you into a surface mine, where you drive a rubber-tired bulldozer. We’ve integrated the Bullet Physics Library to power our vehicles – which include heavy equipment such as haul trucks and excavator shovels, and light transport vehicles. The physics engine also allows us to simulate debris-clearing very realistically.

As with our other virtual reality safety programs, our mining safety simulator  ensures that proper procedures – such as radio procedures and rules of the road – are followed, and allows for trainees to learn from their mistakes. In the case of mining training, simulators can also save  money by not tying up valuable machine time.

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The bulldozer was an interesting vehicle to simulate because it is fixed axle, but hinged chassis. It demonstrates that the Bullet engine can simulate non-standard vehicles. We have been very happy with our decision to use Bullet. It has proved a robust and realistic engine, even under difficult-to-simulate situations involving large masses and large mass ratios.