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The Ohio Drilling and Blasting Conference kicks off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 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 $105 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 3, 2015.

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 26, 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, 2015. 

  • 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

Good news for those who haven’t registered for the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique yet: Early bird registration has been extended. Sign up by Friday, Dec. 5 to take advantage of a discounted registration price.

The 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique is the world’s largest conference on explosives engineering. More than 1,600 industry leaders, government officials and manufactures from around the globe are expected to attend.  The conference will be held Feb. 1 – Feb. 4, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. To register, visit the ISEE conference page.

Voting has ended for the 2015 board of directors. Everyone at the ISEE would like to thank all the members who participated and gave feedback. Just a reminder: All votes and feedback were completely anonymous, and the election results will be announced at the 2015 Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 440.349.4400.

Do you have a knack for photography and some great shots of a recent job you’d like to share? Submit them to our 22nd annual photo contest, sponsored by Instantel, for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the ISEE Blasters' Library.

The winner will be announced during our 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

There are categories for blasters and drillers at work, construction blasting, quarrying and mining, demolition blasting, specialty blasting and student entries. All submissions will be judged on composition, content and quality.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 1, 2014. So what are you waiting for? pdf Download an entry form today (510 KB) .

The ISEE board of directors election is now underway. Eligible voters, all members in good standing with the exception of student members, can cast votes until Dec. 1, 2014. 

Eligible voters with an email on file should have received an email with step-by-step instructions for casting a vote online. Print ballots and candidate bios were also mailed to members who don’t have an email address on file. 

The election packets include a ballot and bios of each candidate. We ask all voters to please read each bio carefully, and place your vote for the candidates who will make the biggest positive impact on ISEE and the explosives industry while following our mission of advancing the science and art of explosives engineering. 

Elected officers and directors for 2015 will take office at the annual membership meeting at the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, to be held Feb. 1-4, 2015, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Your opinion matters. Take part in this year’s election.