The cancellations of most industry conferences and in-person training sessions have left many blasters and industry professionals unable to earn their much-needed refresher hours. ISEE has developed a four-part webinar series to fill this training void.

The first installment called ISEE Webinar Series: Blasters Training 2020 – Part 1 kicks off at noon eastern time Friday, Sept. 25. This four-hour webinar will cover blast design fundamentals; driller and blaster communications; explosive products; and flyrock prevention.

A live question and answer session and a series of short quizzes will follow each presentation. Attendees seeking credit hours must score 75 percent or better to earn a training certificate.

Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Tennessee and Wyoming have already approved this webinar, and ISEE continues to seek approval in other states. Check ISEE’s website for an updated and complete list of state approval.

ISEE Webinar Series: Blaster Training 2020 – Part 1 is $100 and will air at two different times and dates. Click the link below for more information on topics, speakers and to register.

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For almost every product we use, explosives likely had a hand in making them available for us and our families. Oil for the energy we use, metal for the cars we drive and medicines we consume are all made possible because of explosives and 200 years of explosives innovations.

Learn about the history of explosives and the technical advancements that have made the ultimate power tool in the all new Explosives: The Power Tool movie available now for streaming or purchase.

Created by Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) and sponsored by Nobel Insurance, this 56 minute video features seven chapters tackling explosives statistics; history; products; technology; careers; safety and security; and the environment.

The name Explosives: The Power Tool may sound familiar. First developed in 1969 and originally titled Tools for Progress, Explosives: The Power Tool was last revised in 2007. The original vision was eventually expanded and a new version launched in 2017. Many manufacturers, distributors, and users of explosives provided extraordinary access to their operations and personnel, allowing the viewer with an inside look at the commercial explosives industry.

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47th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique Cancellation
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I regret to announce that the 47th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique has been cancelled. The Board came to this  decision after considerable research into the viability of hosting a quality conference under the prevailing conditions. Ultimately, we have to observe health and safety requirements, and do our part to ensure that all participants and ISEE staff remain safe. 

The Board agreed there was too much uncertainty whether the pandemic was going to dramatically improve during coming months. There is a major risk the conference would have substantially fewer delegates and a much-reduced exhibition as well as a technical program that would be compromised by the difficulties in travel. We did not want to tarnish the reputation of ISEE conferences by delivering an experience that was not up to standard. Despite the significant financial impact on the ISEE, the best decision for the health and wellbeing of our members, industry partners and staff was to cancel now.

This decision is disappointing to us all, and we thank you for your support and understanding. We would like to pay tribute to all the hard work of the Conference Advisory, Program and Blaster’s Training sub-committees and staff, and to acknowledge the significant commitment by speakers in preparing abstracts in anticipation of the conference. If it had been a normal year and we had gone ahead, we know it would have been a fantastic event.

Our short-term focus now is on providing suitable online training materials and potential networking opportunities for our members. The absolute format of this is being worked out, but ISEE is committed to providing a resource for the industry to continue to learn and practice the science and art of explosives engineering in a safe and practical manner. 

We are also planning for the Annual Conference in 2022. Our aim is to make this more rewarding than ever for delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

See you in 2022!

Alastair Torrance
President, ISEE

Register now for the Nancy-Cole Allen Memorial Golf Tournament. The four-person scramble, with a shotgun start, is $100 per person and will be held Friday, August 28, 2020, at the Woodford Lakes Golf Club in Versailles, Ky. The event will feature awards, food and networking opportunities. Hole sponsorships are available and start at $200. Proceeds benefit the Nancy Cole-Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Visit the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter website to reserve your spot today.

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In this latest Message from the President edition, Alastair Torrance, ISEE Board of Directors President, discusses all the considerations that went in to the cancellation of the 47th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique.