ISEE 49th Annual Conference
The Annual Conference was a BLAST!
Over 125 exhibitors and close to 1,600 people joined us from over 50 different countries at the world’s largest conference on explosives and blasting
technique at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX.
The conference schedule was packed full of technical sessions, poster sessions, workshops, socials, fun spousal events and MORE. We are already working on ideas to make the 50th Anniversary an even greater experience.
Awards & Accolades
The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter was awarded the Chapter Membership Award;
Paul Sterk, Underground Consultant, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award;
Bill Necker, Maurer & Scott, was awarded the Blasters Leadership;
Steve Harris, retired, received the Industry Service award;
Mick Martin, Newmont, won Driller of the Year, Australasia;
The President's award was awarded to: Ryan Brogden, Frontier Safety, and Seth Burns, Nelson Brothers;
Special Recognition was given to Larry Mirabelli, Dyno Nobel;
Mark Herman, graduate student at Missouri S&T, Paul Couceiro, Maxam, and Scott Scovira, BME, garnered Top 3 Technical Papers.
Brian Lewis, Respec, was elected to the Board and begins his term March 9, 2023 (as of the Membership Committee Meeting).
The following Directors were re-elected: Kristie Allen-Bishop, HTA; Travis Davidsavor, Barr Engineering; Mark Dean, Texcel; Thomas Palangio, Jr., Wipware Inc.; and Matthew Spina, CT Explosives Co.
2023 Photo Contest
Congratulations to Ron Gilbert, who's photo “Coal Fired Boiler Building, Boardman, Oregon” won both the People’s Choice Award and Best of Show. Winning photo displayed below.
Project Description: Coal Fired Boilers, PGE Power Station, Boardman, Oregon fell Spetember 15th 2022. This steel structure was engineered, prepared, loaded with AES Y230 LSC, NG dynamite kicker charges, det cord and Orica Unitronic 600 electronic detonators. Only because this structure was in an asset protection - less - location, we were fortunate not to apply additional protective curtains. Typically, exterior perimeter curtains made of geofabrick and chain fencing obscure/blind a clean, clear digital capture. This "openness" allowed for visually capturing, on digital video, from several vantage points. This very rare digital video frame photo capture shows and confirms the high degree of electronic 0ms firing accuracy prior to the next firing delay echelon. It proves the advantages of electronic dets v/s commercial conventional pyrotechnic delays.