Opening speaker David Houle is a futurist, thinker and speaker. He will discuss emerging global trends and how they could affect the future of the explosives industry. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

Houle has won two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. He was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Throughout the last 11 years, he has delivered more than 900 keynotes and presentations in 16 countries. Houle is often called "the CEOs’ Futurist," having spoken to or advised more than 4,000 CEOs and business owners throughout the past decade.

He will give his presentation at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at opening session of the 45th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique held in Nashville, Tenn.

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The ISEE is committed to keeping standards current with the best available technology and procedures and by policy requires the standards to be reviewed and modified every five years. The current standard scheduled for review is the Field Practice Guideline for Blasting Seismographs - 2015 Edition. This document may be viewed here.

The ISEE Standards Committee is asking for any public comment or proposed changes to the existing standard. Written comments that are received by the deadline will be addressed by the Standards Committee in writing prior to modification of the standard. Subsequently, a draft standard will be published in the Journal of Explosives Engineering for public comment.

You may comment on the existing standard, in writing, to the ISEE Executive Director, Renaissance Parkway Cleveland, OH 44128 USA or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposed modifications to the standard will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2018.

Please include the following information with any proposed change:

  1. Name, Company/Organization, Address and Telephone number.
  2. Recommendation; New Text, Revised Text, and/or Deleted Text.
  3. Proposed Change; include the proposed new or revised wording or identify the wording to be deleted.
  4. Discuss the reason for the proposed change and substantiate the proposal; State the problem/concern that will be resolved by your recommendation(s) and give the specific reasons for the proposed change.
  5. Provide reference material to support the proposal; include topics of testing, research papers, etc.

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 Nov. 30, 2018.

Eligible voters with an email on file should have received an email with step-by-step instructions for casting a vote online. Members who don’t have an email address on file will soon be receiving print ballots in the mail.

ISEE members who are eligible to vote on constitutional changes will also see several proposed amendments. Please read each proposed change carefully, and select whether you approve or do not approve of the proposed changes.

Newly elected officers and directors will take office at the 45th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique to be held Jan. 27–30, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Your opinion matters. Take part in this year’s election. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration is now open for the International Society of Explosives Engineers' 45th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. It will be held Jan. 27 - 30, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

As many as 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials and suppliers will gather from all over the world to gain new insights and form new business alliances. Participation will be strong as the largest conference of its kind in the explosives industry returns to Music City.

The 2019 program includes a dynamic education program featuring technical sessions, poster session and workshops combined with more than 130 exhibits on the latest technology. In addition to the full conference, the Blasters Weekend Package, commencing on Saturday, Jan. 26, will include the popular Blasters Training Seminar, the Blasters R Us Video Roundup, a regulatory panel discussion and more.

In addition, educational programs, books, DVDs and ISEE apparel will be sold at the ISEE bookstore, including the 18th Edition ISEE Blasters’ Handbook (print and digital) and the 45th Annual Conference Proceedings, featuring all the technical papers from leading industry experts.

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Calling all students looking to make a mark in the explosives industry! The ISEE Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Student Papers to be presented at the 45th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, the largest gathering of its kind involving field blasters, manufacturers of explosives related products, educators and researchers, to be held Jan. 27 – 30, 2019, Nashville, Tenn.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to network with senior researchers and professionals from academia and the industry. Ideas should be submitted in a 200-400 word abstract highlighting the major points of the proposed 8-10 page paper and be approved by the student's faculty adviser. Papers addressing all explosives and blasting-related topics will be considered. Accepted papers will be assigned to either a technical session or Blasters Forum Poster Session. Papers received by the deadline, with paid conference registration, will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Please contact the conference director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the online student submission instructions. Abstract submissions must be in by Oct. 1, 2018. The deadline for your paper submission is Nov. 1, 2018.

Submit your abstract by Oct. 1, 2018.