The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently hosted R. A. McClure Inc.’s (RAM Inc.) premier Surface Blasting Course at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) at the Redstone Arsenal, located in Huntsville, Ala. It was the first such technical course held at the new center by an independent blasting educational company.
Mining and aggregate industry blasting and profiling expert, Robert McClure, instructed program attendees on innovative techniques, new technologies and practical tips designed to help improve blast performance in the field.
Attendees of RAM Inc.’s intense, three-day training course included federal law enforcement, state regulatory and industry personnel who work with explosives. Structured to teach relevant, practical information to the novice as well as those experienced with blast design and optimization, the course enabled attendees to explore all aspects of the latest, state-of-the-art blasting methods and technologies. Instructors covered real-world field experience on blasting techniques, and attendees were given the unique experience of touring the renowned NCETR facility to learn about the ATF’s explosives-related programs.
“We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the ATF for hosting RAM Inc.’s Surface Blasting Course at their world-class training facility,” said McClure. “Attendees left with a better understanding of how to properly handle and apply explosives in the field and how proper blast design improves blast performance and controls vibration. Following the course, an attendee from a large multinational mining and cement company booked an on-site Surface Blasting training course to be custom tailored to meet the needs of his company.”
Taught by explosives experts with decades of blasting experience, RAM Inc.’s Surface Blasting Course topics include: Historical overview – explosives, commercial explosives, delivery systems, electronic and pyrotechnic initiation systems, rock face profiling technology and blast design; Improving a blast’s performance – considering blast design, measurements and geological factors affecting shot design; and Technology updates – electronic blasting systems, blast design and supporting technologies. Those completing the course receive 20 Continuing Education hours.