Explosives Industry News
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Take home a package of ISEE’s best sellers in the field of measuring and understanding vibrations.  

This package includes:

• Explosives Engineering, Construction Vibrations and Geotechnology – Lewis L. Oriard
• Micrometer Crack Response to Vibration and Weather – Charles H. Dowding
• The Effects of Vibrations and Environmental Forces: A Guide for the Investigation of Structures – Lewis L. Oriard
• Vibrations from Blasting – David E. Siskind, Ph.D

As an ISEE member, you would normally pay $264 for all four books. During the month of July, we packaged these titles together and are offering them to ISEE members for only $198.00 (plus shipping). That’s a 25% savings of the member price and a savings of over $130 off the non-member rate ($328)*.


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28 Underground Blast Doors: Measured Pressure Drop and Human Exposure Safety
A study involving six underground blast doors at one of the largest deep under-ground excavations in North America, lo-cated 4,850 ft, (1,478 m) below the surface at the Sanford Un-derground Research Facility (SURF), former site of the historic Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD.
6 Effect of Presplit Perimeter Control in an Underground Cut and Fill Mine
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential improvements found by implementing presplitting practices at an underground overhand cut and fill nickel mine in the United States.
18 Conference Corner
Get a sneak peek on scheduled topics and speakers planned for the blasters training seminar at ISEE’s Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique.
38 Photo Contest 2023
One honorable mention winner - Drillers Drilling Concrete.
And much more…
Join ISEE and receive your complimentary subscription of both the print and digital edition of the Journal of Explosives Engineering. Contact ISEE's membership team at isee@isee.org for more information.


The September/October issue of The Journal of Explosives Engineering features...

Drill to Mine Theme, Mine Cost Optimization Strategy, and Incorporating Subdrill in Powder Factor Calculations- COMING SOON! 

There is ad space available through August 15th! To place an ad contact Dede Manross via email at manross@isee.org.



ISEE Conference News

Mark your calendars! The EP Social will be held at the Service Brewing Company, a GA Veteran Owned Brewery, in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 7:00pm – 11:00 pm! 
The excitement is BREWING! We can't wait to see you in Savannah for the ISEE 50th Annual Conference January 24-27, 2024. 

574 Indian Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Service Brewing Co: Savannah, GA
Veteran Owned Brewery
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
7:00pm – 11:00 pm


What: ​Deep Sea Fishing Excursion!

​When:​ Wednesday, January 24, 2024

​Time:​​ 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm. (lunch from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

​Where:​ Boats to pick up at the Convention Center Boat Dock

​As a sponsor, you will receive:

• Your company name on one of the fishing boats.
• Five registrations tickets to participate on the excursion.
• Signage at the pre-fishing luncheon.
• A link from ISEE’s Conference Website to your company’s website (or desired location).
• Company visibility throughout the event on the ISEE 50th anniversary sponsorship loop. PLUS:
      o Branding in the exhibit hall, session rooms, and networking events.
• Recognition in the Conference program

Each boat holds five individuals and includes snacks and a cooler full of drinks.

The following types of fish you are likely to reel in include: (catch and release only)

      o Tarpon and Redfish
      o Trout and Shark
      o Cobia, King, and Spanish Mackerel

The boats are 26’ power cats and V hull fishing boats.

Sponsorship Price: $6,000. Includes five (5) tickets.

To confirm your participation call or email Steve at 440.349.4403 or shivak@isee.org.


Industry News

US Department of Labor announces proposed rule to reduce silica dust exposure, better protect miners’ health

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal by its Mine Safety and Health Administration to amend current federal standards to better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards related to exposure to respirable crystalline silica, or silica dust. The proposed rule change will ensure miners have at least the same level of protections as workers in other industries.

Unhealthy levels of silica, a carcinogen, and exposures over time cause severe illnesses, including silicosis; progressive massive fibrosis; non-malignant respiratory disease, such as emphysema; kidney disease; and lung cancer. Exposure to mixed coal mine dust that contains respirable crystalline silica can lead to the development of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, commonly known as black lung disease; multi-dust pneumoconiosis; and progressive massive fibrosis.

The proposed rule would require mine operators to maintain miners’ Permissible Exposure Limit to respirable crystalline silica at or below 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air for a full shift exposure, calculated as an 8-hour time weighted average. If a miner’s exposure exceeds the limit, the proposed rule would require operators to take immediate corrective actions to come into compliance.

Learn More..



The Florida Mine Safety Program welcomed its first inductee to the Florida Mining Hall of Fame during the Fourth Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition Banquet and Awards Ceremony on March 2, 2023 at the Goodwood Planta on and Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.

Darren Conn became the first inductee of Florida’s Mining Hall of Fame which was established to commemorate exceptional figures who work to make a difference every day in moving Florida’s mine rescue coemptions forward. 

The Florida Mine Safety Program aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and contactors with their health and safety training. The Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition provides a fun and effective way for our hard-working miners, emergency responders and safety workers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the safety and emergency response fields by providing intensive training sessions, demonstrations, and emergency response scenarios throughout the event. 

Darren positively influenced the quality of our experiences through testing, training, development and implementation of intensive field practical drills through Surface Mining Contests. The Mining Hall of Fame Award was created to recognize the best of the best leaders that embody Respect, Integrity, Success, and Engagement. Darren Conn did “RISE” to the occasion, becoming Florida’s first inductee! Darren was presented with the 2023 Mining Hall of Fame Inductee Award by Samuel K. Pierce, retired (Acting Administrator for Enforcement with the Mine Safety and Health Administra􀀁on), with the assistance of Karen Miller, Mining Program Manager with Florida’s MSHA State Grants (Mine Safety Training Program).

Learn More....

NOMIS Seismographs LLC
Yazoo Mills, Inc.
Chapter News

On June 22, 2023 the Eastern Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic Chapters ISEE hosted an 8 hr. Blasters Training at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA.   There were 22 participants and 10 speakers. 

The agenda included Robert McClure, RAM Inc.; Mike Koehler, B.E. Consultants, Inc.; Joey Accardo, Epiroc; Donald Orye, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Kim Gdovichin, Lancer Insurance; Bethany Witter, Dyno Nobel; Jay Elkin, Wampum Hardware Co.; Dave Harrison, Terra-Mechanics, Inc.; Douglas Rudenko, PG, Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc.; and Haley Sparkman, Orica.



On July 4, 2023, The ISEE Hunter Valley Australian Chapter hosted a meeting in Singleton, NSW.

Presenters included Linus Nyqvist and Brenden Wood from Orica, Jim Knowles from Jim Knowles Group and Tim Oliphant from Yancoal Australia Ltd.

Members who attended had a BLAST! 💥 The chapter hosted an explosive event with over 50 attendees. Shoutout to ISEE board member Mark Dean for the awesome photos.

Do you have a great photo from an ISEE event or meeting? Email it to us at tobias@isee.org to have your photo featured on our official ISEE social media channels!


Let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit a Boombox that left it’s mark on ISEE, a decade ago.

A Boom box design was featured in the logo for the Eastern PA Drilling and Blasting Conference in 2013, becoming a symbol of the dynamic and vibrant community within ISEE and the explosives industry.

The PA conference offered a valuable opportunity for industry professionals, suppliers, and experts to come together and share knowledge on drilling, blasting, and explosives. 

We invite you to take a moment to look through these nostalgic photos from the 2013 Eastern PA Drilling and Blasting Conference. These images act as a reminder to the dynamic history that has shaped the industry. We hope they bring back memories and inspire you for the future.

Does the boombox bring back industry memories? Share your photos and videos with ISEE! Email tobias@isee.org.




Member Spotlight

ISEE Member Jim Redyke and his team were recognized in the Detroit News for taking down trash incinerator, which stood 34 years, in Detroit.


"The best in education, evaluation and monitoring of explosives!"

If you have a member testimonial, a memorable experience, or a story from your time in the field, don't hesitate to share it with us at tobias@isee.org. We would love to hear from you!

Clariant Australia Pty Ltd
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Explosives Video of the Month

ISEE July Video of the Month is Explosivos Oviedo!
Explosivos Oviedos' video was featured in ISEE's 49th Annual 2023 ISEE Conference Blasters Video Roundup in San Antonio TX.
Credits and big thanks to Explosivos Oviedo for the awesome video!
Watch ISEE's July Video of the Month Here!
Stay tuned for the next ISEE Video of the Month!
Check out Explosivos Oviedos' website here!

Business Automation Specialists of MN, Inc.

Q: How often is the Journal of Explosives Engineering published?

A: The Journal of Explosives Engineering is published 6 times a year, bi-monthly.

Q: How can I have my case study or scientific article shared in the Journal?

A: Most of our shared papers come from ISEE's Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. Submit a paper to ISEE's Annual Conference! If you're interested in submitting a paper, please visit our conference page for more information. If you've missed the conference deadline, and would like to submit a paper, please contact Dede manross at manross@isee.org for more information.

Q: Will I receive a physical 2023 Membership Card?

A: ISEE has gone digital! In 2023, ISEE members will receive a digital membership ID card. ISEE will not be sending physical membership cards. Please print your digital membership ID card to keep in your wallet if you prefer.

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Calendar Key:

       Industry Events

       International Events

       ISEE Chapter Events

       ISEE Events


       Eastern PA Chapter Baseball Game Event
August 3, 2023
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Coca Cola Park
Allentown, PA 18109
       Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter Continuing Education
August 24, 2023
Bowling Green, KY


       EFEE’s 12th World Conference on Explosives & Blasting
September 10 - 12, 2023
Royal Dublin Society
Dublin, Ireland

       RAM Inc Surface Blasting Course
September 26 – 28, 2023 
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
       Nancy Cole-Allen Memorial Golf Tournament
September 29, 2023
Gay Brewer, Jr. Course at Picadome
Lexington, Kentucky


                15th International ISRM Congress 2023 & 72nd Geomechanics Colloquium Challenges in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
October 9 - 14, 2023
Salzburg, AUSTRIA


        Eastern PA Chapter 7th Annual Sporting Clays shot & BBQ
November 3, 2023
Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays 
Coplay, Pennsylvania

                7th Annual Australian Chapter Conference
November 8 - 9, 2023
The Star
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

        20th Annual Pennsylvania Drilling & Blasting Conference
November 16 & 17, 2023
Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania


        Kentucky Blasting Conference
December 7 - 8, 2023
Central Bank Center
Lexington, Kentucky, USA


        ISEE’s 50th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Techniques
January 24 - 28, 2024
Savannah, Georgia, USA


                Western Canada Chapter’s Annual General Meeting
April 25 – 27, 2024
Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Center
Kamloops, BC Canada