Burns Harbor, Ind.
CIVS researchers Kyle Toth and John Moreland gained real-world, on-site knowledge about various steel industry operations and equipment, and used 360° video to capture the experiences, during a tour of ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility on March 5, 2019. That 360° and “surround-sound” footage will, in-turn, be used to produce a virtual reality informational/promotional video for events such as job fairs and K-12 outreach. The film will show what it’s like to work in certain areas of a steelmaking facility and broadly illustrate select operation environments and activities.
Among the experiences captured were the tapping of a blast furnace, iron ore being fed onto a stacker reclaimer conveyor belt, and operation of a basic oxygen furnace. By coincidence, Toth and Moreland’s video filming also took place as one of the Burns Harbor furnaces was nearing its 15,000th consecutive heat — without yet having to replace the refractory lining. (Hats off to the original refractory installers, and to the operation since!)
“We collected a lot of good footage. Plans are already being discussed for other site visits and recordings, and the tour coordination by Jennifer McCloud, Anthony Kmitta, and others from ArcelorMittal was extremely well-prepared,” Toth said. “And the 360° camera that resulted from a thoughtful donation to CIVS has become the gift that keeps on giving. We look forward to putting it to more use still.”