More than 1,600 people from around the world met Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev., for the 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique.

The event, sponsored by the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), is the world’s largest conference on explosives engineering. It features five days of workshops, technical sessions and entertainment.

This year’s conference featured a silent auction that raised more than $9,500 for the SEE Education Foundation. Big-ticket items included four park-hopper passes to Walt Disney World; a one-of-a-kind, handmade quilt; a lifetime membership to ISEE; and a commemorative granite block from Crazy Horse Memorial. 

The money raised through the auction will go to the Education Foundation ISEE Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to college students from across the globe who are pursuing a career in the blasting industry.

Awards Banquet

The annual awards banquet, on Tuesday, honored people who made outstanding contributions to the explosives engineering industry.

Cameron McKenzie, Ph.D., Blastechnology, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. McKenzie has been very involved with ISEE, volunteering countless hours of serving on the ISEE Board of Directors, and authoring and presenting papers at the annual conference. He has contributed to ISEE’s 18th Edition of the Blasters Handbook. He is a founding member of FRAGBLAST and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. He has a very rare and unique ability to communicate his thoughts and recommendations from the highest level of engineering personnel to the newest blaster on the bench.

Dale Ramsey, Senex Explosives, Inc., was this year’s Industry Service Award winner. Ramsey, who has more than 40 years of explosives industry experience under his belt, has played an instrumental role in the founding of several ISEE chapters; has served on the ISEE Board of Directors and the planning committee for the Pennsylvania Drilling and Blasting Conference at Penn State University; and has been a mentor to countless students who are pursuing careers in the explosives industry. 

The ISEE President’s Award, which is given to those who have unselfishly given their time and talents to the society, was awarded to Douglas Hoy, Sayre Associates; and Thomas Jenkins, Stemlock Inc.

Patrick Ryan and Christopher Ryan, both of Ryan Construction Inc., were awarded the ISEE Driller’s Leadership Award. And William Zimmerman, Luck Stone Corp., was honored with the Blaster’s Leadership Award.

ISEE Clays Shoot Committee members John Rathbun, Paul Keeling, John Sonday and Bobby Van Rensburg were awarded with the Industry Service Award. The group has raised more than $135,000 for the ISEE Children’s Fund. 

Co-authors Dr. Catherine Aimone-Martin and Brent Meins were awarded the Paper of the Year Award for their paper titled “Strain-Based Instrumentation for Marine Terminal Rock Blasting.”

Paper of the Year honorable mention was given to R. Balachander; H. S. Venkatesh; and G. Gopinath for their paper titled “Tunnel Excavation on the Abutment of an Existing Dam.”

Passing of the Gavel

After honoring the award winners, Jack Eloranta was passed the ISEE Gavel, officially taking the reins of new ISEE Board of Directors President. Eloranta is the principle of Eloranta & Associates Inc., a consulting firm established in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree in mining from the University of Wisconsin.

His blasting experience includes optimized blasting operations using conventional, semiautogenous and fully autogenous mills; expert witness and university research.

Moving Forward

The next Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique will be Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2017, at the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

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Get ready for the 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique by downloading the official mobile app to help you maximize your time at the event. Download the ISEE 2016 mobile app today to view the complete schedule and add your favorite exhibitors and sessions to the personalized planner for convenient on-the-go access before and during the conference.

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The ISEE is committed to keeping standards current with the best available technology and procedures. Therefore, existing standards are periodically reviewed and modified. The current standard under review is the “Performance Standards for Blasting Seismographs — 2011 Edition,” which can be downloaded below for editing.

The ISEE Standards Committee reviews and revises standards every five years. Written comments that are received by the deadline will be addressed by the Standards Committee in writing prior to modification of the standard. You may comment on the existing standard by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to:

Executive Director, ISEE
30325 Bainbridge Road
Cleveland, OH 44139 USA

Proposed modifications to the standard will be accepted until Feb. 29, 2016. Please include the following information with your proposal:

1. Name, company/organization, address and telephone number.

2. Proposal recommendation; new text, revised text, and/or deleted text.

3. Proposal, include proposed new or revised wording or identification of wording to be deleted.

4. State the problem and substantiate the proposal (State the problem that will be resolved by your recommendations; give the specific reasons for your proposal including topics of testing, research papers, etc.)

5. Provide reference material

Download the Standards Draft (PDF)

Good news for those who haven't yet registered for the 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique. On-time registration deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan. 8. See all the conference details, and register online by clicking here.

Book your Hotel Reservation Today

Click here to reserve your Paris Las Vegas Hotel sleeping room online. Or call Paris Las Vegas Hotel directly at 1-877-603-4389. Please be sure to mention ISEE to receive the discounted rate.Guests booking rooms will also be able to take advantage of special 50% off in-room Internet fees. The hotel cutoff date has been extended and will continue to reserve rooms based on limited availability. Reserve yours today!


Three Great Reasons to Attend:

1.  Blasters Training Seminar - Saturday, Jan. 30

2.  Blasters Weekend Package - Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 - 31

3.  Full Conference Registration - Sunday - Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 3


Special Events:

•  Young Leaders Social - Sunday, Jan. 31, 3 - 4 p.m.

•  SEE Education Foundation Silent Auction Finale - Monday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m.

•  Annual Awards Banquet - Tuesday, Feb. 2, featuring an exciting performance by Bella Electric Strings (ticket required)

23rd Annual Photo Contest

The deadline to submit photos to the 23rd Annual Photo Contest is quickly approaching. The contest has categories for blasters and drillers at work; construction blasting; quarrying and mining; demolition blasting; and specialty blasting. All submissions will be judged on composition, content and quality.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Dec. 31. Get yours in before the deadline for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the ISEE Bookstore.

The winner will be announced during our 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. So what are you waiting for?  Download an entry form today.

Blasters R Us Video Round Up

We’re now also accepting submissions for the Blasters R Us Video Round Up. A highlight of the conference, this is your chance to witness what other blasters are doing across the country and  see your blasting video on the big screen—popcorn included. Don’t miss out. Download a submission form, and upload your 5 to 7 minute video today.