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BMT WBM’s John Pidgeon Scoops IMechE Award


John Pidgeon 220x150John Pidgeon, a Graduate Engineer from BMT WBM has won this year’s Australian Speak Out for Engineering competition. Introduced by the IMechE, the competition is designed to help develop verbal and visual communication when explaining technical mechanical engineering related subjects.

John delivered a presentation detailing the development of a computer model to simulate the dragline excavator during operation. Rob Angus, Operations Director, Machinery Group at BMT WBM comments: “It’s fantastic to see one of our very own graduate engineers being recognised not only for his technical capability, but for his ability to communicate in an engaging and effective way.”

John Pidgeon2 220x150In his winning presentation, John presented a holistic training solution for improving dragline efficiency, which he believes requires two components. John explains: “Mine operators want to get as much out of their equipment as possible, without overly stressing critical components which in turn, could lead to increased downtime and premature failure.

Therefore, it was important to develop a comprehensive training simulator that not only trained operators in the effective use of the machine, but also provided real time feedback on the stressing of key components. The simulator interfaces directly with our PULSE TerraMetrix system, which provides real time stress and productivity monitoring to operators on real machines. This allows trainees to gain familiarity with the system and effectually interpret its responses to help balance productivity and machine health.

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