Scheduled for Saturday, this popular and highly regarded one day seminar is designed and presented for blasters by the best in the business to help plan and execute efficient blast designs, hear updates on regulations, safety and more. The seminar is included as part of the Blasters Weekend Package or sign up separately.

Blasters training registration includes lunch, coffee breaks and course materials. The seminar runs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration opens Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. A certificate of attendance will be issued. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming have accepted retraining credit hours in the past. Check with your state officials for more information. Proposed topics and speakers include:


Introduction and Safety Kickoff

Larry Mirabelli, Buckley Powder Co., Blasters Training Committee Chairman


Drilling: Basics Through Automation

Bill Hissem, Sandvik Mining & Construction


Burden Profiling and Blast Design Using UAV (Drone)

Steven Bell, Dyno Nobel Inc.


Electronic Initiation Systems: Current Trends & Safe Application of the Technology

Kameron Ray, Davey Bickford/Enaex


Optimizing Blast Performance with Effective Timing Configurations

John Floyd, Blast Dynamics


Close-In Construction Blasting

Chris Hyle, Orica Mountain West


Blaster’s Spotlight: Demolition of the Milwaukee Railroad Trestle Pier

Bill Gates, McMillen Jacobs Associates


Blast Vibration Monitoring: Vibration Considerations for a New Aggregate Operation Next to a Dam

Geoffrey Rigsby, GeoSonics/VibraTech


Fragmentation Analysis: A Blast Performance Metric

Thomas Palangio, WipWare