Blasters Handbook 18th Edition

Blasters Handbook 18th Edition

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The Blasters' Handbook18th Edition, Third Printing

This third printing improves upon the more than 1,000 pages of explosives knowledge with updated content, equations and formulas. With the blaster-in-charge as the focus, the 18th Edition Blasters’ Handbook third printing is divided into four parts emphasizing safety, security and communication throughout the publication.

Safety and Security

Safety and security guidelines, examples of inventory control measures and the importance of ethical decision making are all tackled in this section. It also sheds light on how to work with current regulatory authorities and utilize effective communication through the preliminary design process. Part I lays the foundation on how to build a safe and efficient blast plan.


Planning and Design

Once the blaster-in-charge has established the groundwork for the project, its time to begin the planning and design process. Divided into four sections, this part provides checklists and best practices on proper drilling, hazard mitigation, vibration monitoring and control and blast performance evaluation. Part II delves into the most prominent explosives and initiation systems to give the blaster-in-charge an overview of different products and loading systems.

Specialty Blasting

Part III of the hand book takes a look at field practice guidelines for surface, underground and specialty blasting. This part provides specific design patterns and initiation sequences and calculations involved in blast design and evaluation. The blaster-in-charge will walk away with an in-depth knowledge of the key performance indicators of a successful blast after reading this section.


Vibration Monitoring

Available in the appendices are the ISEEs Performance Specifications for Blasting Seismographs and Field Practice Guidelines for Blasting Seismographs. These guidelines have been adopted by both vibration monitoring professionals and some regulatory agencies as the standard for blasting seismographs. Also included in Part IV is a glossary of industry terms, an always/never section, and a comprehensive appendix detailing the utilization of electric initiation systems.

The goal of the 18th Edition ISEE Blasters' Handbook is to provide brand neutral, non-mining method, blasting reference handbook designed to be a resource for anyone who has the responsibility for blasting or makes decisions related to blasting.
This edition of the Handbook contains information to provide specific understanding of the principles common to all rock blasting operations. It discusses the importance of blast planning, blast evaluation, record keeping, compliance with rules and regulations and effective communication among stakeholders.
The 18th editions mission is to provide brand neutral, non-mining methods, blasting reference handbook to help the blaster-in-charge understand the core blasting principles and factors to: (1) optimize blast performance, (2) independently make blast designs, (3) assess performance, (4) troubleshoot problems, and (5) conduct safe blasting operations. By its mission, this edition differs from previous industry handbooks by fostering an understanding of the principles common to all rock blasting operations. It goes on to discuss the importance and need for the following five important aspects of all blasting projects: (1) blast planning, (2) blast evaluation, (3) record keeping, (4) compliance with rules and regulations, and (5) effective communication among stakeholders.

Target Audience

The 18th Edition is primarily directed to two groups of people: (1) the blaster-incharge and (2) stakeholders. For the purpose of this Handbook these are defined here. Both groups have a need to understand the information in this Handbook.
Rock and Ore Extraction Methods
In this book, rock is considered to be, the material that is to be blasted, and can be characterized by geotechnical properties like those discussed in chapter 8. This reference book is focused solely on the blasting process. Ore and rock extraction methods are discussed and illustrated in this book only to the extent necessary to apply the basic principles and designs discussed. Large project development methods are left to project planners and engineers, as these methods are unique to each project. Thus, project method design is beyond the scope of this book. There are many written and professional resources concerning methods available through variety of professional associations and academic curricula to help in this area. When blasting is part of the adopted method, this book discusses the core information necessary to design blasts appropriate for the different project development stages.

This 18th Edition of the Blasters Handbook expands upon this books long rich history. In the past the goal of explosives manufacturing companies and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) with their handbooks has been to provide quality reference materials to the commercial explosives industry.