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On June 22, 2023 the Eastern Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic Chapters ISEE hosted an 8 hr. Blasters Training at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. 

There were 22 participants and 10 speakers. The agenda included Robert McClure, RAM Inc.; Mike Koehler, B.E. Consultants, Inc.; Joey Accardo, Epiroc; Donald Orye, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Kim Gdovichin, Lancer Insurance; Bethany Witter, Dyno Nobel; Jay Elkin, Wampum Hardware Co.; Dave Harrison, Terra-Mechanics, Inc.; Douglas Rudenko, PG, Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc.; and Haley Sparkman, Orica.  


August 29, 2023

Unauthorized Housing Companies Contacting Sponsors & Attendees

Unauthorized housing companies are contacting ISEE exhibitors, sponsors and prospective attendees and identifying themselves as being affiliated with ISEE and telling you that hotels in our block are almost sold out or offering a discounted rate.

ISEE has NO affiliation with these organizations and in no way endorses their services.

  • Any company contacting you via email or phone does not work on behalf of ISEE nor has ISEE provided them with your contact information.
  • These companies do not represent, work for, or are authorized to represent ISEE. You are not using ISEE’s protected blocks to make your hotel registration.
  • Companies will try to make an emotional appeal to get you to reserve your room with them. Do not fall prey to the emotional appeal that these companies can get you a “lower rate,” “better hotel,” “upgraded amenities” or other enticements. These companies are fishing and again, are not working with ISEE.
  • These companies are trying to get access to your credit card number. These are SCAMS. If you give them your information, no official hotel reservation will be made in your name or be tied to the conference.
  • ISEE would never give your name or contact information to an outside company for a room reservation. WE WILL NOT CALL OR EMAIL YOU TO PERSONALLY HELP WITH HOTEL RESERVATIONS. We will direct you to our portal located on our website to make hotel registrations. This is the ONLY approved method to make your hotel registration.

If you receive a phone call or email from any company offering housing assistance, please contact Hiranthie Stanford, ISEE Senior Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We take this matter seriously and have filed complaints with authorities to protect our members, participants, and stakeholders.


Steven B. Shivak, MS, CAE
Executive Director

We are excited to announce nominations are open for ISEE’s Annual Awards. We invite you to nominate your peers for this prestigious recognition. 🌟

The ISEE Awards have been a longtime symbol of excellence in our industry, honoring those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, groundbreaking research, and unwavering dedication to safety and innovation.

Each year, the ISEE recognizes individuals in up to seven award categories including Blaster’s Leadership Award, Driller of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Industry Service Award, President’s Award, and more. This is an exceptional opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding talent in the industry. 🏅

👉 To submit a nomination, visit and complete the simple form.

Please note that award nominations are now closed.

We encourage you to honor those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of explosives engineering. 🔥

Join us in celebrating the best and brightest in our field. Spread the word and inspire others to nominate their peers. 🌐

Thank you for the continuous support, we look forward to an explosive and memorable 50th conference!

ISEE July Video of the Month is Explosivos Oviedo!

ISEE August Video of the Month is Dykon Explosive Demolition!



Dykon Explosive Demolitions' video was featured in ISEE's 49th Annual 2023 ISEE Conference Blasters Video Roundup in San Antonio TX.

Credits and big thanks to Dykon Explosive Demolition for the awesome video! Stay tuned for the next ISEE Video of the Month!

Check out Dykon Explosive Demolition's website -