Growth & Innovation
G&I works across our business, supporting each product group’s daily operations – from exploration to construction to adopting new technology to closure.
At our Winu exploration project in Western Australia, for example, G&I is trialling the use of drones to create detailed 3D models and maps. At the FalCon project in Canada, G&I is using a mega-drill to collect bulk samples from up to 250 metres below ground.
The G&I team also works to create a more efficient, safe and agile Rio Tinto by managing major technical risks, researching and developing new ways of operating, automating for safety and productivity and partnering with our sites to replicate industry-leading best practice. A Group Technical team ensures that expertise and best practices from our global operations is shared and followed. G&I also has Centres of Excellence in analytics, asset management, automation, energy and climate change, orebody knowledge, processing, surface mining and underground mining.
G&I also provides technical expertise and project management to close our sites when they reach the end of their lives: our Closure team within G&I oversees this work to minimise the impacts and risk, and to maximise benefits from winding down our operations.
G&I’s Information Systems & Technology team manages and protects the data and technology we use to successfully run our business, and is helping us understand and realise what it means to be a digitally-enabled enterprise.
Rio Tinto’s Group Health, Safety, Environment and Security team, also part of G&I, helps keep our people, contractors and suppliers safe. We believe all accidents and work-related health risks are preventable, so we concentrate on identifying, understanding, managing and, where possible, eliminating these.
- 3 new Centres of Excellence – Processing in Montreal, Surface Mining in Perth and Underground Mining in Brisbane
- 7 different commodities being explored in 16 countries
- $2.1 billion spent on capital projects in 2019