Calling all students looking to make a mark in the explosives industry: The ISEE Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Student Papers to be presented at the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, the largest gathering of its kind involving field blasters, manufacturers of explosives related products, educators and researchers, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 1 - 4, 2015.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to network with senior researchers and professionals from academia and the industry. Ideas should be submitted in a 200-400 word abstract highlighting the major points of the proposed 8-10 page paper and be approved by the student's faculty advisor. Papers addressing all explosives and blasting-related topics will be considered. Accepted papers will be assigned to either a technical session or Blasters Forum Poster Session. Papers received by the deadline, with paid conference registration, will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Please contact the conference director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the online student submission instructions. Abstract submissions must be in by Oct. 1. The deadline for your paper submission is Nov. 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference director or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ISEE is committed to keeping standards current with the best available technology and procedures. Existing standards are periodically reviewed and modified. The current standard under consideration is Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs-2009 Edition. 

Please download the document below, and let ISEE know your thoughts. The entire document is included for reference, but ISEE is only seeking comments on the proposed changes that are highlighted blue.

Written comments received by Oct. 1, 2014, will be addressed by the standards committee in writing prior to revision of the standard. 

Comments on the proposed standard can be sent via email to 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

 Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs-2009 Edition (PDF)

Exhibitor registration kicks off this week for the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Feb. 1-4, 2015, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. Showcase your organization's latest technology, equipment, design, products and services to the global explosives marketplace. 

This annual event, with as many as 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials and suppliers, is the premiere international forum for targeting the hands-on explosives user. Be sure to reserve your exhibit booth today. Register now.

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has extended the deadline to Sept. 25, 2014, for comments regarding a recent petition to change the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq. The petition requests OSMRE amend its regulations governing the use of explosives to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds in surface coal mining operations. Your thoughts will help the OSMRE director’s decision to grant or deny the petition. Comments will be accepted online or via mail.

Request for Comments (PDF) The Petition (PDF) Supporting Research (PDF)

Submitting Comments

Please submit comments to OSMRE before Sept. 25, 2014, online or via mail. Use Docket ID: OSM–2014–0003, and follow the written instructions, when submitting your comments online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal

To mail your comments, send your letter to:

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Administrative Record Room 252 SIB
1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Please include the Docket ID: OSM–2014–0003.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact:

Joshua Rockwell
Division of Regulatory Support
1951 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Phone: 202.208.2633
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Board of Directors

The ISEE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of candidates for the ISEE Board of Directors fall 2014 election. Candidates must be qualified as members of the society who have demonstrated leadership and active participation in the society and in the explosives industry. 

Candidates who are elected to the board will take office February at the end of the Annual Membership Meeting that will be held at the 2015 Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. 

Click here to nominate a candidate. 

Awards

Nominate a coworker or colleague who has made an exceptional contribution to the fields of explosives or drilling for one of the International Society of Explosives Engineers most prestigious awards. There are three awards the ISEE is accepting nominations for: 

  • Blaster’s Leadership Award: Presented to those who exemplify the blaster in the field and have given generously of time and talents in helping fellow blasters.
  • Driller’s Leadership Award: The award recognizes a drill operator, manager or drill expert who has given an extraordinary amount of time and knowledge to help fellow drillers and blasters with application, engineering or field work.
  • Distinguished Service Award: An award of merit given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of explosives engineering.

Click here to nominate a candidate online or to download a nomination form. 

ISEE Website Login

You will be prompted to log into the ISEE website to access both forms. Use your email address you have on file with ISEE as your username and your member ID for your password. You do not need to make an account. All ISEE members have accounts automatically created for them.

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