The Blasters Weekend included a training seminar on Saturday designed specifically for the blaster in the field. The seminar qualified for blasters re-training hours in several states. Morning instructors and topics included: Welcome and Introduction, Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman Securing Explosive Materials: A Prime Responsibility of Industry - Ric Hosley, Connecticut Explosives Company (presented by Janeen Smith); Fundamentals of Blast Design - Joe Nawrocki, Dyno Nobel, Inc.; Loading Bulk Blasting Agents and Quality Control on the Bench - Evan Hagenlock, Austin Powder Company; and Optimizing the Use of Electronic Detonators - Gavin Yuill, ENAEX USA.
In the afternoon, two workshops were held in two concurrent sessions: Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs Workshop – Cathy Aimone Martin, Aimone-Martin Associates LLC, Facilitator and ATF Explosive Storage Regulations Workshop – William Joa, Dyno Nobel, Inc., Facilitator.
Sunday included a repeat of the Seismograph workshop, a fall protection workshop (facilitator Lewis Clarke), the regulatory panel discussion, video roundup and welcome reception in the exhibit hall where blasters had the opportunity to view the latest product innovations in blasting technology.