48th Annual Conference Registration is Open!
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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. The Blasters Weekend Package includes all of the Sunday events.

Proposed topics and speakers include:

  • Welcome and Introduction, Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman
  • Securing Explosive Materials A Prime Responsibility of Industry - Ric Hosley, Connecticut Explosives Company
  • Fundamentals of Blast Design - Joe Nawrocki, Dyno Nobel, Inc.
  • Loading Bulk Blasting Agents and Quality Control on the Bench - Evan Hagenlock, Austin Powder Company
  • Optimizing the Use of Electronic Detonators - Gavin Yuill, ENAEX USA
  • Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs Workshop – Cathy Aimone Martin, Aimone-Martin Associates LLC, Facilitator
  • ATF Explosive Storage Regulations Workshop – William Joa, Dyno Nobel, Inc., Facilitator

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.

Speakers and Topics

Welcome and Introduction

Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman

Securing Explosive Materials A Prime Responsibility of Industry

Ric Hosley, Connecticut Explosives Company (bio)

Explosives security is a mindset. Best practices used by blasters, magazine keepers, truck drivers, plant workers and others involved with the industry are directly responsible for ensuring the security of commercial explosive materials on a daily basis. This is a responsibility that goes beyond the 9 to 5 work week.

Fundamentals of Blast Design

Joe Nawrocki, Dyno Nobel, Inc. (bio)

Good blast results begin with the proper blast design. There are various methods used for blast design; this presentation outlines the factors to be taken into consideration.

Loading Bulk Blasting Agents and Quality Control on the Bench

Evan Hagenlock, Austin Powder Company (bio)

Bulk explosives are used all around the world for many reasons. Controlling these products through in-field testing and best practices are the best ways to ensure the excellent blasting results we seek. ANFO, heavy ANFO, emulsions and emulsion blends will be discussed with a focus on on-the-pattern quality control and application.

Optimizing the Use of Electronic Detonators

Gavin Yuill, ENAEX USA (bio)

This presentation will highlight examples of tricky blast design situations with solutions in non-electric and electronic deign methodology, showing the out of box thinking and flexibility, and how to get the audience thinking about different ways to tie shots.

Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs Workshop

Cathy Aimone Martin, Aimone-Martin Associates LLC, Facilitator (bio)

This workshop will provide seismograph operators a hands-on opportunity to set up a seismograph and learn the importance of geophone coupling. Participants will work in teams to deploy geophones using various coupling modes and record simulated vibrations to measure the effects on seismograph records used for compliance with regulations.

ATF Explosive Storage Regulations Workshop

William Joa, Dyno Nobel, Inc., Facilitator (bio)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for protecting the public by enforcing laws and regulations governing the explosives industry. ATF inspects the magazines and records of explosives licensees and permittees to ensure compliance with federal explosives regulations. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of regulatory compliance requirements for the storage of explosives. Participants will be presented with best practices to demonstrate compliance, examples of regulatory violations, and participate in a tabletop exercise using the “orange book” to identify probable violations involving recordkeeping, storage, and the table of distances.