Level One - Practical Blasting Fundamentals - Version 2.0
These eight lessons, available online, are packed with information about the basics of explosives engineering and many recommended procedures used throughout the blasting process.
Lesson 1: Blasting Safety - Stresses the importance of field operations safety and focuses on the importance of well-trained personnel, the proper use of blasting materials and equipment and the correct use of blasting procedures and methods.
Lesson 2: Geological Effects on Blasting - Focuses on rock breakage by explosives and the factors that influence breakage. Also covered are rock properties and the structure and geological classification of rocks.
Lesson 3: Field Controls and Drilling Accuracy - Emphasizes the use of proper field controls and drilling practices together with basic hole loading procedures and information on setting up and detonating a shot.
Lesson 4: Explosives Products and Selection - Covers the types of explosives and blasting agents used in blasting. The lesson also covers explosives properties and selection criteria.
Lesson 5: Detonators and Initiation Systems - Provides information on initiation systems, electric and non-electric detonators, detonating cord, primers and boosters and proper methods and techniques.
Lesson 6: Blast Design - Promotes proper design considerations and covers basic basting theory. Also, covered are delay patterns, timing considerations and design guides.
Lesson 7: Ground Vibrations and Airwaves - Stresses the importance of ground vibration and airwaves prediction and covers the concepts of propagation, decay, normalization/scaling data, charge per delay and reporting anomalous data. The lesson also stresses effects on structure, human response, regulations and the importance of effective public relations.
Lesson 8: Explosives Regulation and Compliance - Covers the scope of explosives regulations including origin, intent and descriptions of various agencies and organizations. The lesson also addresses how to function under a climate of explosives regulations and covers support and standard-setting organizations together with an overview of international regulations.
Certificate Program Level 2
Level 2 Lesson 1 Construction
Version 2.0 features in person classroom activities, comprehensive lesson tests and fully updated material in all lessons. It’s ideal for those who are new to the field and for professionals who want to stay updated on the latest in blasting.
Basic construction blasting highlights the methods of highway construction cuts and controlled blasting and trenching. These lessons cover extensive safety considerations associated with initiation systems, overbreak control, flyrock and vibration monitoring. Students will complete a 25-question exam after the training is complete.
Level 2 Lesson 2 Quarrying
This is a comprehensive performance lesson that focuses on drilling and blasting in quarries. Enrollees will study all practical blasting applications and submit a 25-question exam. Topics include safe and effective blast pattern design, vibration monitoring and drilling.