How much can simulation games help with university training? For instance, designing and operating a mine could be simulated and, as long as the game doesn't do too many of the calculations itself, it could be a very helpful learning experience for budding mining engineers. Given that same software, though, real mining engineers could probably benefit too. You'd just have to swap out the gaming aspects and some of the simulation for real-world measurement.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - For all I know, not being a mining engineer, they do this already.
PPS - I also haven't been to university lately.