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When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

This is a must-attend event at the ISEE Annual Conference for people and organizations who want to learn how to better protect their product and improve their understanding of best practices by participating in the Explosives Security Workshop.

Join government representatives and industry professionals in a discussion about the most important security topics relevant to manufacturing, storing and transporting explosives. The conversation will include a technical presentation regarding technological advancements in magazine security. Regulatory agencies will also be available to discuss guidelines in securing explosives materials.

Invited speakers include:

Off-the-Shelf Cellular-Based Magazine Security, David Buckwalter, Buckwalter Excavating

Magazine Locks Research, Kevin McNeill, Acting Explosive Chief, NCETR R&D

ATF Updates, William O’Brien, Explosives Industry Analyst, ATF

Explosives Transportation Security, Jack Whitley, Transportation Specialist, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

AN/Explosives Chemical Safety and Security Updates, David Wulf, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U. S. Department of Homeland Security

Click here to register for the conference today.

This popular and highly regarded one day seminar will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8. 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. A new segment this year is the “Blaster's Share” featuring a blaster sharing practical experience with other blasters. The topics and speakers include:

Introduction - Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman

Blaster’s No. 1 Safety Tool - Risk Analysis - Larry Mirabelli, Dyno Nobel Inc.

Critical Drilling Practices for Blast Efficiency - Joe Accardo, Sandvik

Critical Rules for Effective Use of Bulk Explosives - Dave Hunsaker, Dyno Nobel Inc.

Detailed Presplitting Guidelines that Guarantee Results in Medium to Large Diameter Holes - Frank Chiappetta, Blasting Analysis International

Blast Locations & Use of GPS - Jim Ratcliff, WV DEP/DMR

Initiation Systems - Electronic Detonator Safety - Bryan Papillion, Austin Powder

Blaster’s Share: Close-in Blasting to Protect a Multi-Billion Dollar Bio-Tech Process - Frank Chiappetta, Blasting Analysis International

Ducking Wild Flyrock - Simon Tose, AEL Mining Services

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 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. A certificate of attendance will be issued. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, 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.

Do you have a knack for photography and some great shots of a recent job you’d like to share? Submit them to our 21th 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 40th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

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. 6, 2013. So what are you waiting for? Download an entry form today.

Exhibitor registration kicks off this week for the 40th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Feb. 9-12, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. Showcase your organization’s latest technology, equipment, design, products and services to the global explosives marketplace.

This annual event, with as many as 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials and suppliers, is the premiere international forum for targeting the hands-on explosives user. Visit the exhibitor registration page to reserve your organization’s spot today.

Board of Directors

The ISEE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of candidates for the ISEE Board of Directors fall 2013 election. Candidates must be qualified as members of the society who have demonstrated leadership and active participation in the society and in the explosives industry.

Candidates who are elected to the board will take office February at the end of the Annual Membership Meeting that will be held at the 2014 Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique.

The slate of candidates will appear on the fall ballot. Click here to nominate a candidate online or to download a nomination form.


Nominate a coworker or colleague who has made an exceptional contribution to the fields of explosives or drilling for one of the International Society of Explosives Engineers most prestigious awards. There are three awards the ISEE is accepting nominations for:

  • Blaster’s Leadership Award: Presented to those who exemplify the blaster in the field and have given generously of time and talents in helping fellow blasters.
  • Driller’s Leadership Award: The award recognizes a drill operator, manager or drill expert who has given an extraordinary amount of time and knowledge to help fellow drillers and blasters with application, engineering or field work.
  • Distinguished Service Award: An award of merit given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of explosives engineering.

Click here to nominate a candidate online or to download a nomination form.