The Mine.D Hackathon: Zero Harm in Mining Health and Safety

The application of Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) to achieve Zero Harm within Health and Safety in Mining.

The Mine.D Hackathon with a Zero Harm theme was hosted by the Tshimologong Precinct in partnership with RIIS.

The aim of the hackathon was to use emerging digital technologies; IoT and AR/VR, to achieve Zero Harm in mining with regard to health and safety. To help facilitate this process, the participants were exposed to a mock mine and control room to help them understand the conditions faced by a mine worker and how a mine operates daily.

Live demonstrations of AR/VR tools and context sessions with industry experts were conducted to give the participants an understanding of how to apply the available technology to achieve Zero Harm by digital innovation in mining.

The winning team SystemDex (Sikhanyiso Ngetu, Mosima Matlhwana, and Menzi Mahlobo), used Big Data in a Mixed Reality interface to track health and environmental management in real time while also monitoring the health vitals of miners. Second-placed team SixUp (Aaron Tseke, Andile Mutono, and Gift Mogeni) built a preventative warning system based on rock seismic activity. And third-placed team ( Dean Hodgskiss, Dylan Holshausen, Chris Behrens, Shaun Lottering, and Jaco Wilters) built a mixed reality health and safety training gaming module.

The prizes for the Hackathon included membership at the Tshimologong Precinct, mentoring from Mixed Reality and IoT experts and an introduction to the innovation and technology divisions at South African mining companies.

Lesley Williams, CEO, Tshimologong precinct, said: “I was impressed by the depth of knowledge and skill of the entrants. As we hoped, the results address very real issues and concerns within the mining environment and all utilise technology in innovative ways.”

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