The Ohio Drilling and Blasting Conference was held from March 29-30, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The conference was sponsored by the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) and Ohio Coal Association and endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management.

More than 150 attendees participated in the event that featured 16 exhibit booths and a full day of presentations from explosives industry experts. This year’s program began with opening remarks from ISEE Past President John Capers and included topics covering regulatory updates, blasting project case history, cap rock reduction in a limestone quarry, blasting basics, driller and blaster communication, applying UAV technology to blasting economics and how to improve coal extraction using signature hole analysis. Attendees qualified for blasters training recertification hours from several states.

The highlight of the event included presentations of the Blaster of the Year Award and Driller of the Year awards. This year’s blaster recognition was awarded to David Lucas, Wampum Hardware. The driller award was presented to Dan Kourim, Oxford Mining.

The Ohio Drilling and Blasting Conference is a biennial event that serves as a platform for the exchange of the industry’s best practices. This year’s sponsors include the ISEE, Austin Powder, Nobel Insurance, and Dr. Edward J. Walter & Associates.

Call for Papers

The ISEE Conference Program Committee is issuing an industry wide Call for Papers to be presented at the 44th Annual Conference and published in the Conference Proceedings. Here’s your chance to share your techniques, strategies, solutions, product innovations, and research discoveries with your peers.

 

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Abstract Guidelines

Ideas should be submitted in the form of a 200-400 word abstract (summary) highlighting the major points of your 8-10 page paper. Papers may not be commercial in nature. It should be written so that it makes sense standing on its own and should cover the work done, recommendations made, conclusions drawn as a result of the project, case or study.

Abstracts must be submitted using this submission site by May 12, 2017. Chapter sponsored papers must be submitted by the deadline.

 

Peer Review Process

Abstracts are considered by a committee of explosives industry professionals using a blind review process. The Committee will determine the paper’s relevance and substance based on the following criteria:

  • Purpose and reason for work
  • Quality and quantity of data
  • Experimental procedures
  • Application to industry
  • Conclusions based on data presented

 

Selection and Acceptance

Abstracts will be used only for tentative selection. Final selection and acceptance is based on the completed paper submitted on time.

 

Author Instructions

Detailed instructions regarding paper format and presentation requirements will be posted on the submission site after you receive the notification of abstract acceptance.

 

Paper Presentation

The Program Committee will assign each paper to a session upon acceptance of the completed paper.  The paper will be assigned to a Technical Session or Blasters Forum Poster Session.

 

Official Language

Papers must be submitted and presented in English, the official language of the Conference.

 

Notification

Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent by June 15, 2017.

 

Deadlines

​​​​​​​May 12, 2017                      Last day for submission of abstract

June 15, 2017                     Notification of abstract acceptance

August 15, 2017                  Last day for submission of completed paper

November 1, 2017              Notification of final paper acceptance

November 30, 2017            Conference registration deadline for authors

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The ISEE Membership Directory and Desk Reference is the most comprehensive who’s who publication in the explosives industry. Now you can make your company shine and target explosives industry leaders by advertising in the Membership Directory Yellow Pages.

Ads start at $125. Reserve yours today (PDF). Download an order form here. The deadline to reserve your space is Monday, April 3. For more information, contact Dede Manross at 801.942.5650 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The SEE Education Foundation will award $73,000 to students pursuing degrees related to the explosives industry. Each year the Scholarship Committee receives, reviews and scores more than 70 applications.

This year there will be an award of $7,500 given to one well-qualified student! To be eligible, students must be pursuing a technical, undergraduate, master’s or doctorate degree in fields of study related to the commercial explosives industry. Students will be assessed on their academic and professional achievements, goals related to the industry, personal challenges and financial need.

The application deadline is May 5, 2017. Download your application today.

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