Head of Automation Area of Expertise, Rio Tinto
Alastair Mathias leads the Rio Tinto Automation and Analytics group within Rio Tinto’s Growth & Innovation organisation. His team employs specialist expertise to identify, develop, implement and support automation technologies across the mining value chain. This includes managing Rio Tinto’s highly publicised Mine Automation System (MAS) and Visualisation tool (RTVis™) as well as the drill automation program (ADS), Smart Charge Truck, and Automated Blast Cone Sampler.
Alastair’s is a mining engineer who joined Rio Tinto in 1992 and has experience in both surface and underground mining across a range of commodities. He has worked in operations and technical roles including line leadership, operational performance analysis and improvement as well as mine planning, M&A support, equipment strategy development, and operations simulation.