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. Proposed topics and speakers include:


Introduction and Safety Kickoff

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

Preparation of the Bench for Productive Drilling and Efficient Application of the Blast Pattern

Jim Peterson, Caterpillar

The Critical Importance of Controlling Burden for Maximizing Blast Performance

Nathan Rouse, RESPEC

Quality Control of Bulk Blasting Agent Explosives on the Bench

Frank Sames, Austin Powder

“Blaster’s Spotlight” - Blasting the Initial Excavation at the Colorado-Yule Marble Quarry

Juliet Moore, Elk Creek Sand & Gravel LLC

Electronic Initiation Systems - What Precision and Accuracy Bring to the Industry

Vince Slone, Dyno Nobel

Collecting Seismograph Data for Advanced Analysis

Keith Best, Sauls Seismic,LLC

Ore Control Starts With the Blaster: Optimizing Blast Direction, Digging Direction, and Number of Flitches for Grade Control

Will Hunt, OreControl Blasting Consultants, LLC

New Priming Practices and Efficient Application of Air Decks in Blasting

Frank Chiappetta, Blast Analysis International

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.