About us

About us

The Maintenance Technology Institute (MTI) was established in 1999 as a joint initiative between BHP Billiton and Monash University to provide comprehensive industry focused research and development which achieves optimum plant and equipment performance across Australia and overseas.

The goals are achieved by combining highly qualified specialists with extensive laboratory and remote monitoring facilities; and by applying comprehensive, systematic, multi-disciplinary, independent investigations.


  • MTI is an independent, professional research and engineering organization located at Monash University which provides focused and comprehensive R&D and high level technical service for the mining and heavy engineering industries
  • Self-funded through contract research and consultancy to Australian and International industry partners
  • Supported by a multi-disciplinary team (18 full-time professional staff) with access to highly specialized university staff and world leading experts
  • Utilize state-of-the-art assessment/quantification techniques – modelling and analysis, measurement, instrumentation and data acquisition, remote sensing
  • State of the art facilities: Laboratories - Field instrumentation and data acquisition and processing, Testing facilities – component strength and fatigue testing, metallographic and failure analysis
  • Remote Monitoring Centre
  • Proven track record in the Minerals and Heavy Engineering Industry.

MTI has completed over 300 case studies and repeatedly delivered significant returns on investment in providing superior economic and technical solutions for a broad range of industry clients.

Mr Gerard Chitty has been Managing Director of MTI since 2008. Mr John Rucinski was one of the founders of MTI and the inaugural director from 2000 to 2008.