Three Day Online Practical Drill and Blast Master Class, November 3th-5th, 2021 -

DUBLIN--()--The "Practical Drill and Blast Master Class" conference has been added to's offering.

Drilling and blasting is a critical process for mining, civil construction and extractive industries throughout the world. Drill and blast has the potential to make or break an operation.

This master class will deliver all the tools you need to safely and cost effectively manage and improve your drill and blast operations. These tools will help your company to enhance competitiveness, reduce overall cost and place your operation in a better position not only in the regional market but also globally. This training workshop will deliver vital practical information on drilling, rock breaking and blasting as well as the latest advances in bulk explosives, high explosives and initiating systems which are currently emerging in the market.

You will take away calculation tools, industry best practice rules of thumb, as well as a selection of presentation slides and much more.

After completion of the workshop, Michael will also be available to assist you going forward in setting up the tools that will ensure your drill and blast delivers safe and cost-effective benefits to downstream functions.


  • Interpreting and utilising the industry best practice rules on drilling and blasting
  • Improving understanding the mechanics of rock breaking and blasting
  • Exploring the latest in initiating systems innovations (electronic) and designs to optimise productivity
  • Optimising costs with good blast designs and quality application
  • Managing drill and blast data and reporting
  • Complying with regulations and legislation
  • Improving fragmentation, diggability and cast where required
  • Minimising ore dilution; achieving competent and stable final walls
  • Managing environmental requirements for ground vibration, airblast, flyrock and fumes


Your training will begin with Michael's experience and knowledge from over 35 years of drill and blast in over 240 surface and underground operations in the mining, construction and extractive industries.

Michaels experience includes surface and underground mines, quarries, tunnels, shaft sinks, civil construction, infrastructure, underwater blasting and highly sensitive heritage and infrastructure blasting.

Michael has carried out over 1500 blasts in environmentally sensitive operations such as blasting alongside valuable heritage sites, operating plants or nearby residences and infrastructure as well as providing on-site drill and blast expertise to special operations such as the rescue of miners at the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania in 2006.

Michael will also pass on the practical experiences and lessons learnt from over 3000 blasts in countries as diverse as Australia, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, China, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Philippines and Mexico.

At the end of the workshop, Michael will leave you with the tools you need to optimise your overall operation by delivering a safe and cost effective drill and blast. The end of our workshop will mark the beginning of your journey toward improved safe and cost effective drill and blast operations.


Upon the successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance bearing the signatures from both Michael and the Course Organizer. This Certificate will testify your endeavor and serve towards your professional advancement.

Who Should Attend:

Attendees who can benefit from this course include but are not limited to:

From the industries of:

  • Mining
  • Civil Construction
  • Development and
  • Drill & Blast Engineer/Manager/Supervisor/Specialist/Foreman Infrastructure
  • Engineering Services
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power and Utilities
  • Extractive industries
  • Environmental industries
  • Archaeological companies
  • GM Operations
  • Technical Superintendent/Manager
  • Mining Production Superintendent
  • Mining Project Manager
  • Mine Manager/Operators
  • Blasting Crew
  • Shot firers
  • Driller
  • Legislators and regulators



Morning Sessions

  • Introduction
  • What do you want to get out of this workshop?
  • Explosives blasting fundamentals
  • Understanding the fundamentals for safe and cost effective mining
  • Comprehending the mechanics of rock breaking
  • How do explosives break rock?
  • Mechanical properties and rock behaviour
  • Different explosives for different rocks
  • Workshop on cost effective product selection (bang for your buck)

Afternoon Session

  • Mine to Mill cost structures
  • Mine to mill mentality
  • Drill and blast costs
  • Impact of drill and blast on load, haul and primary crushing
  • Case Study: Impact of Drill and Blast on load and haul in medium sized gold project
  • Case Study: Impact of Drill and Blast on primary crushing in larger scale copper project


Morning Session

  • Principles of blast design
  • Drill parameters and selection
  • Is bigger better?
  • Quality, Quality, Quality
  • Determining cost effective drill and blast parameters for mine to mill mentality
  • Case Study: Developing cost effective blast design in medium size copper project
  • Principles of initiation design
  • Initiation products and cost structures
  • Electronics vs nonelectrics
  • Timing vs fragmentation
  • Timing vs Throw
  • Using timing to minimise ore dilution

Afternoon Session

  • Case study: Using timing to improve productivity (fragmentation and diggability)
  • Case Study: Using timing to minimise dilution in a low grade, narrow vein gold project
  • Environmental and sensitive area blasting
  • The cost of compliance in a competitive market
  • Productivity vs environmental


Morning Session

  • Environmental and sensitive area blasting
  • Minimising blast fumes
  • Case Study: Blasting adjacent to live LNG plant and indigenous heritage
  • Case Study: Getting it wrong
  • Specialised Blasting Techniques
  • Controlled Blasting for final wall/perimeter control
  • Presplitting/Line Drilling
  • Buffer/Trim Blasting
  • Initiation timing for controlled blasting
  • Case Study: Final wall control in medium sized gold project
  • Case Study: Final Wall control in large copper project

Afternoon Session

  • Specialised Blasting Techniques
  • Airdeck and stemming deck charging
  • Oversize and secondary breakage
  • Open Forum/review
  • Wrap Up: In summary

For more information about this conference visit

Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900