Hailing the impact of the popular ‘Lonely Planet’ travel guidebook series on global tourism, the United Nations tourism agency today awarded its founders with its 13th Lifetime Achievement Award. “The inspirational role that Lonely Planet inferred worldwide to travellers, writers and the tourism sector in general has been the major reason to concede the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Lifetime Achievement Award to [Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler],” noted the UN agency in a news release. According to the agency, the Wheelers founded Lonely Planet Publications in 1972, after a trip across Asia. In the last 40 years, their guidebooks have sold over 100 million copies in English and other languages. The books also ventured into many other travel areas including a television series and an award-winning travel website. In addition, through their Planet Wheeler Foundation, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, have been involved in more than 50 projects in the developing world, principally in south-east Asia and east Africa, with a focus on poverty alleviation. They are also involved in a number of ventures, including promoting literature and the arts, as well as entrepreneurship and protection and development of archaeological sites in developing countries. The UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector.
Everyday thousands of operators across the world begin their shift by assessing and responding to equipment issues before they begin operations but how can mines be sure pre-start inspections are properly completed and that safety, machine uptime and maintenance costs have not been compromised? A new interactive and virtual tool from Immersive Technologies has been launched to ensure effective and consistent training and assessment of operators on machine inspection routines. Early detection of equipment that is unsafe or worn saves on maintenance costs and reduces likelihood of injury, downtime or environmental damage. The new Pre-Start Inspection tool from Immersive Technologies trains and assesses mining personnel on the correct identification and actions to be taken in relation to equipment issues. This tool allows operators to demonstrate competency when real world training is not possible and where mistakes are costly if undetected.The machine pre-start training tool provides an interactive environment enabling a trainee to control the movement around the simulated machine and in and around an object or component. Trainees can examine lubricant inspection panels and all other inspection items on site checklists in life-like detail then be assessed on the understanding and level of accuracy at conducting inspections.“Scenarios with varying levels of wear or damage can be configured to ensure operators are able to recognize varying levels of damage by providing configurable training. Operators are able to familiarize themselves with common points of failure or wear and the correct reporting to maintenance ultimately improving capital prudence and increasing safety, ” says Tim Radbone, Product Manager, Immersive Technologies.