General Manager Surface Mining with Rio Tinto’s Copper and Diamonds (RT C&D) Group
Keynote Presentation: Standardisation on rock characterisation, testing and monitoring with emphasis on ISRM suggested methods, practical issues and difficulties, and future trends
Prior to his current role, Martyn was Chief Advisor Mine Geotechnical with Rio Tinto’s Technology and Innovation Group where he supported pit and dump slope design, and natural slope hazard and geotechnical risk management activities across Rio Tinto’s global properties. He has over 33 years of experience in engineering geology, open pit mine slope design and mine operations since gaining his BSc. Geology (Mining) from the Royal School of Mines (RSM) in 1985. He spent 3 years as an underground mine geologist with Anglo American in South Africa before returning to RSM for his MSc. Engineering Geology in 1988. After 7 years of UK based consulting in a broad range of mine geotechnical and hydrogeological projects, including major large open cut coal feasibility studies in Indonesia and South America, Martyn moved to Australia. Following mine geotechnical consulting and management roles with Dames & Moore, Coffey Geosciences and Golder Associates, he joined Rio Tinto’s Technical Services team in 2001. In the subsequent years he was involved in mining and geotechnical work at all of Rio Tinto’s commodity groups in many different countries. In 2007, he took the role of Technical Manager Geological Services at Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, USA, before his return to Australia as Chief Advisor Mine Geotechnical for Rio Tinto in 2010.