Ausdrill chief operating officer Andrew Broad said that was why Ausdrill was doing what it could to pick the technologies that would set it up for the future.
It has already invested in start-ups and fast-growing businesses such as Chrysos and Hi-Seis.
"I don't think they'll be our last technology investments," Broad said.
Chrysos' non-destructive, fast photon-assaying technology could disrupt the traditional mineral testing market.
The technology has been spun-out from CSIRO.
Ausdrill has analytical labs in Perth and Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia, and has ordered the first three Chrysos machines plus bought 10% of the company.
Hi-Seis, nearly 20% owned by Ausdrill, has adapted oil seismic exploration technology to the search for har...