3D Longwall Model

In conjunction with BMA Broadmeadow, VRT has developed a graphical simulator that is used to train maintenance and operations personnel. These have been developed in 2D dynamic "Flash" graphics. VRT is now upgrading these to 3D and adding more external controls, games technology, etc.


In the mid 90s, VRT built a very comprehensive energy management system, including adaptable load shedding, for the Isa Mine complex. More recently we added a web based energy forecasting module.

Department of Defence

VRT has recently completed a major upgrade of the ESN (Engineering Services Network) at the Department of Defence's Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane.

Sentient Computing

Sentient Computing is the now the sole owner of MacroView, a well established SCADA/HMI product originally developed in WA in the early 1990s.


In essence, Longview is a packaged SCADA solution, specifically for longwall coal mines. It is based on the CitectSCADA platform. It also acts as an integrating platform for all of the currently disconnected islands that still exist to varying (and increasing) degrees in many longwall mines.

SATEC Branch Feeder Monitor

Specialist power meter manufacturer, SATEC, has released a novel product, BFM (Branch Feeder Monitor), suitable for retro-fitting to low voltage distribution boards for sub-metering purposes.

Citect Excellence Award

....for the "Most Innovative New Project or Application of a Citect Solution" for 2007. This Award was presented to VRT Principal Engineer, Ken Johnson by Citect's Managing Director, Oceania, Scott Wooldridge, on the completion of VRT's LongView system for BMA's Broadmeadow mine.

King George Square Busway

Queensland Transport's Inner Northern Busway (INB), including the underground bus station below King George Square in the Brisbane CBD, was completed in May 2008, ahead of time and below budget.

Longwall move simulator

In conjunction with BMA Broadmeadow, VRT has developed a graphical simulator that enables planners of longwall moves to visualize each activity of a longwall move project in a rich, dynamic "Flash" graphics interface.

One of our senior engineers Mark Oellermann was invited to present a paper including case studies of track & trace applications in the mineral processing industry at the international Automining 2008 Conference in Santiago in April 2008.