Thanks to the innovative application called "Mines of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa 360", available at www.jsw.pl, we will take you on tour around our facilities—no need to leave your home. With 360 VR technology, you can explore the coal mine and look around, just as you do in real life. It's up to the viewers to decide where to go and what to read. The viewer leads the way. The interactive walk takes you through the miner's daily journey to work: from the entrance through the mine gate, the waiting hall, the bath house, the lamp room, all the way to the ride down to the underground workings of the plant. You can choose whether you want to go to the face or the longwall. Acknowledge the miners doing their work that you'll meet along the way.
The tour not only lets you glimpse into the places where the miners work, but it also shows you the entire cycle of coking coal production–from preparatory excavations, through the operation of the longwall, the horizontal and vertical transport of the excavated material, and then the processing plant, to the loading of coal into railway cars.
The core of the project is a variety of several dozens of videos, together with a wide range of images, photos, and short videos presenting "the life of a mine.” You can also learn a few interesting facts about the hazards of underground sites.
The application lets you take a stroll following a guided scenario. However, it is also possible to explore the mine on your own, using a computer mouse or touchpad–use the handy menu to select interesting places, and then navigate the tour your own way. Look around and, with the help of tips and notes, learn more about the mine. To do this, select "Do you know that" or "Where is it.”
The app works best when used with VR goggles, which will provide an authentic experience and bring you closer to the daily life of the mine. Note that the educational materials are not available in VR mode. For safety reasons, please read the manuals provided with the VR goggles that you are going to use since not all people are allowed to use them.
We believe that the Mines of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa 360 application will attract the interest of the public and contribute to the discussion regarding the difficult and dangerous, as well as interesting, work of miners.
The materials were developed and produced by employees of JSW S.A., JSW Szkolenie i Górnictwo Sp. z o.o., and JSW IT Systems Sp. z o.o.
You can visit the project website at: www.jsw.pl/en/press-office/mines-360