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Good news if you haven't had a chance to submit your photos of a recent blast or jobsite to the 24th annual photo contest: The deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 30. Get your submission in before the deadline for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the ISEE Bookstore.

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 winner will be announced during our 43rd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Download an entry form today.

Photo Contest Form (PDF)

Get ready for the 43rd 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 2017 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. Be sure to check the app often. More information will be added soon.

App Features

  • View the schedule
  • Find exhibitors
  • Build your planner
  • Read speaker bios
  • Get the latest event alerts
  • Tweet and share with your friends and colleagues 

Where to Download

Apple App Store

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Web App

The Ohio Drilling and Blasting Conference kicks off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with a welcome reception and exhibits. On Thursday, learn about various topics such as underground blasting, waveforms, public relations, demolition blasting, current compliance issues and more. View the preliminary schedule.

Although retraining credit hours have been accepted in the past by a number of states, due to recent changes in regulations, you need to be careful and check with your state regulators to be sure you receive the proper retraining credit hours from this conference.

The DoubleTree Hotel Columbus/Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, is located just off the 270/71 Interchange. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel with rates for the conference at $109 single/double, call (614) 885-3334 or 1-800-870-0349. Conference participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and should identify themselves with the Ohio Drilling and Blasting Conference when making reservations. All reservations must be made by March 8, 2017.

Click here to make your online conference registration.

Ohio Drilling and Blasting is co-sponsored by International Society of Explosives Engineers; Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association; Ohio Coal Association; and is endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Ohio Driller & Ohio Blaster of the Year

Here's your chance to show your drillers and blasters that you recognize their outstanding job that they are doing for you. Awards will be given in two categories on Thursday, March 30, following the seminar. Winners will be determined by a panel of industry experts and their decision will be final. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2017. 

  • Best exemplify use of safe practices and good communication between blasters and drillers.
  • Be a current Ohio Certified Blaster (Blasting Award).
  • Be a current Ohio Driller (Drilling Award).

Download a Nomination Form

We're now accepting video submissions for the Blasters R Us Video Round Up. Submit your 5 to 7 minute video today, and be part of the wildly popular showing during the Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. 

To get started, download a submission form and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once your form has been processed, you will receive a link to upload your video. The round up will take place during the 43rd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held this year in Orland, Fla. 

The deadline to submit your video is Monday, Jan. 9. Submit yours today. 


Download a Submission Form

The Society of Explosives Engineers Education Foundation is seeking donations of unique items for the annual auction to be held during ISEE’s 43rd Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2017. We hope you will be able to help.

This auction is a great opportunity to showcase your company name at the conference and help the foundation raise money for the ISEE Scholarship Fund. Since the foundation’s inception, over 500 scholarships valued at more than $500,000 have been awarded.

There are endless possibilities for donations, such as trips, gourmet food, collectibles and antiques (especially explosives related), recreational items, weekend getaway packages, artwork, and regional items, for example:

  • Time share/Boat-share – Do you or someone you know have a timeshare or boat share that might be willing to donate?
  • Wine or winery tours/packages – Do you have a favorite local winery?  Could you put together a wine basket with a bottle (or 3 or 4) and some wine glasses, cheese, crackers, etc.?
  • Airline tickets – Do you have an abundance of frequent flier miles you haven’t used?  Could you cash them in for a pair of round trip tickets to donate?
  • Craft beer – Could you package up a few selections of your favorites to introduce beer-a-philes to some new craft beer options?
  • Tickets – Are you a season-ticket holder?  Are you willing to give up a game?  
  • Sports items – Do you have access to, or know someone else, sports memorabilia? Or unique, one-of-a-kind, or autographed sports items?  
  • More sports – Do you have a country club membership?  Could you offer a round of golf, (company branded) golf balls, cart, caddy fees and meal golf package?  How about a condo in a popular ski resort like Vail, Whistler, Snoqualmie?  

Unique, special or otherwise nice additions – Want to make someone’s conference experience extra special?  How about arranging limousine service to/from the airport to the conference hotel? Theme park tickets, dinner packages to an exclusive restaurant or behind-the-scenes tour of a local attraction or place of interest.  

The foundation is tax-exempt in the U.S., and your contribution can be claimed as a charitable contribution at fair market value. The donor will be recognized, with the item donated, at the conference and in the Journal of Explosives Engineering magazine. 

To make the auction process flow as smoothly as possible, we need your commitment to donate your item(s) by no later than Dec. 30, 2016.  We will also need the following information for each donation:

  • Company mailing address, contact person, telephone number, and e-mail address 
  • Brief description of each item donated
  • Photo of the item 
  • Value of the item (including your shipping charges)
  • Suggested minimum bid

ISEE will be collecting the above information and posting your contributions on the ISEE website. Contact Patrick Lang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (440) 349-4400 with your photos and donation information.  

Thank you in advance for your support. This is a great cause and a chance to give something back to our industry.