Technological change across mining accelerating, Rio innovation chief says

LEAVING historic intransigence to transformative technology and cultural adjustment behind is helping miners speed up the pace of technological change.

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The ‘world’s largest and longest robots’ are carting ore from Rio Tinto’s 16 Pilbara mines, to four port terminals, over 1700km of rail track, 20% faster than a manned train.

Rio Tinto group head of growth and innovation Stephen McIntosh told the more than 400 delegates attending the inaugural Future of Mining Sydney 2018 conference that if miners did not disrupt their ways of thinking and operating, "we can be sure someone else will do it".

Delivering the opening keynote address at the new conference McIntosh said Rio Tinto and its peers were heading into a very different future for the industry than the one envisaged a decade ago.

"If you'd asked me 10 years ago if I ever thought we'd be hosting a Hackathon, I'd have just said, ‘what on earth is that?'.

"And perhaps, ‘we're here to do exploration and mining, not play games'.

"And I would have been wrong."

A 2017 hackathon in Sydney set up by the mining...