Implementing Technical Change, a Selection of Rio Tinto Case Studies

CIM Vancouver 2010
Abstract In 2004 Rio Tinto started a major project to implement Mine Monitoring and Control systems across the entire world. A detailed selection processes was undertaken and migration to a standard systems started. Today systems are operating in around the world and serve as the core of many business processes. Implementations include highly union areas, large mines, centrally managed mines, and remote areas. Each implementation has unique challenges but all are working towards the common goal with common systems. This paper reviews two projects that Rio Tinto has deployed in diverse conditions. They are the Rossing Uranium’s upgrade from the original Wenco system and Iron Ore of Canada’s general technology upgrade. In addition we will look at how one of Rio Tinto’s mine of the future, specifically the drill automation projects, is utilizing the base established with the MMC systems.
Keywords: Dispatch, CAES, wireless, Technology, Automation, Modular, Caterpillar, Aquila
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