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Learn what makes a great blast design and hear about the latest safety techniques and technology from the best in the business. The Blasters Training Seminar is included in the Blasters Weekend Package. It's also offered as a separate sign up for those who can't make the full Blasters Weekend. 

This popular and highly regarded one day seminar will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31. It was designed and presented for blasters by the best in the business to help plan and execute efficient blast designs, hear updates on regulations and safety and more. The seminar is included as part of the Blasters Weekend Package or sign up separately. The topics and speakers include: 

  • Introduction, Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman
  • Critical Communications – Blast Design Layout Through Detonation, Scott Scovira
  • Critical Rules for Safe and Effective Drilling, Dave Bijolle
  • Critical Rules for Bulk Explosives, Dennis Schulz
  • Initiation Systems – Safety, Accuracy and the Importance of Proper Timing, William Reisz
  • Blast Movements Fundamentals, Will Hunt
  • Choosing the Right Delay Timing for Surface Blasting Applications to Optimize Blasting Results, Frank Chiappetta
  • Pushing the Split Around the Bend – Highwall Control!, Simon Tose
  • Blasting Misfires – Common Causes, Prevention and Safe Handling, Larry Mirabelli

Blasters training registration fee includes lunch, coffee breaks and course materials. The seminar runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration opens Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. A certificate of attendance will be issued. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming have accepted retraining credit hours in the past. Check with your state officials for more information.

Visit the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique page to sign up today.

ISEE Quilt

Chapter and Industry Quilt, hand stitched from t-shirts donated by ISEE members and chapters, courtesy of Tom Watts and ISEE staff.

Atlas Powder Company Collection

Includes the 1985 Handbook of Electric Blasting, a vintage Atlas Blaster's Multimeter and a 1987 Explosives and Rock Blasting book, courtesy of Dale Ramsey.

ISEE Reference Library Book Collection

Includes Explosives Engineering, Paul Cooper; Rock Blasting and Explosives Engineering, Persson, Holmberg and Lee; Explosives, Kohler and Meyer; Explosions in Air, Wilfred Baker, courtesy of ISEE.

Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

This quadricopter is controlled intuitively using a smartphone or tablet. View the Earth from above, in high definition and share your experience with other AR Drone pilots all around the world. Includes a built-in high definition camera capable of shooting 720p at 30 frames per second, courtesy of Instantel.

Trailer Hitch Guard with Pin

Friends of Coal trailer hitch guard with pin. Crafted by Ron Boling of Tread, courtesy of BE Consultants.

Model Drill

A model drill with Furukawa Rock Drills USA logo, courtesy of Furukawa Rock Drills USA.


Includes IMESAFR training software and one voucher for the 3-day training course, courtesy of APT Research.

IME Bundle

A full set of Safety Library Publications, IME Complete Explosives Video Library, One Dozen Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls, Mini-Mag Lite, Flash Drive 2GB and Mini-Blaster, courtesy of IME.


18th Edition Blasters' Handbook Special

One-of-a-kind 18th Edition ISEE Blasters handbook autographed by the authors, courtesy of Nobel Insurance Services.

Good news for those who haven't sent in submissions for the 22nd annual photo contest: The deadline has been extended. Submit your best pictures of the year by Dec. 19, 2014, 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.

Contest categories include 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 22nd annual photo contest  sponsored by Instantel. Click here to download an entry form.

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.