This is a practical course that provides a review of blasting theory and blasting products, and emphasizes the design, assessment and optimization of blasting practices. The course focuses on drilling and blasting as it is applied in surface mines and quarries. Design methodology for safe and efficient blasting is provided. Monitoring and assessment to improve blast performance and reduce blast vibrations are discussed and examples of optimization programs are provided to illustrate the process. Topics are presented in an applied manner and address the impact of blasting on mine design and overall mining efficiency.
Topics covered by the course include:
- Explosives and Charging Systems
- Initiating Devices and Systems
- Production Bench Blasting
- Overbreak Control and Secondary Blasting
- Damage Control
- Safety and Accident Prevention
Blast Design and Assessment for Surface Mines and Quarries consists of 36 viewing sessions of 30 - 60 minutes each with supporting figures, tables and examples, a glossary of blasting and excavation terminology, and interactive course reviews. The course includes several short video clips on production blasting, interactive blasting tools, and integration with the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 30 hours of viewing content.