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Drilling And Blasting School

Event Start Date June 21, 2011, 12:00 am
Event End Date June 21, 2011, 12:00 am
Location Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
Location Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

The primary method of production and rock breaking in the Southern African mining industry is drilling and blasting.

This method of rock breaking has been subjected to continuous improvement both with regard to the technological applied and the practices followed.

To maximize the benefits offered by these new technologies and techniques, it is necessary to review the basic theory of rock breaking, blast design and drilling technology.

Specialized blasting techniques and optimization drilling and blasting will be covered. Best practices will be dealt with and case studies considered illustrating practically how to achieve the greatest benefit.

Emphasis will be placed on the integration of drilling and blasting into the broader mine to mill value chain, in order to reach a true economic optimum for the total mining process.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Co-ordinator



To equip drilling and blasting practitioners, engineers, supervisors, managers and related function to conduct rock breaking operations in such a way that maximum technical and economic value is created. It is envisaged that after the school, practices and techniques discussed can lead to immediate improvement in the state of drilling and blasting on a mine.

Who Should Attend

The school should be of value to:

˙ Blast engineers
˙ Drill and blast supervisors
˙ Managers
˙ Procurement officers
˙ People related to mine production

Registration Fees


Early Bird Fees
Before 3 May 2011

Registration Fee
After 3 May 2011

SAIMM Members / Company Affiliate

R 4 200

R 4 999

Non - Member

R 4 500

R 5 300

Student / Retired Members

R 1 500

R 2 000

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2012, for attending this event

Registration Fees:
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event

Preliminary Programme

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Stream 1 & 2

Surface Mining
Stream 1

Underground Mining
Stream 2

07:00 - 07:30



07:40 - 08:00

J Cruise


08:00 - 08:40

Explosives general properties and principles
W de Graaf


08:45 - 09:30€

Mechanics of Rock breaking
J Cruise


09:35 -10:00

Electronic Initiation Systems
M. Hand


10:00 - 10:30

Tea / Coffee


10:30 – 11:10


Surface drilling/ equipment
C Deacon

Underground drilling and equipment
GS Harper

11:15 – 12:30


Surface blast designs
W de Graaf

Underground initiation and timing of blasts
B Prout

12:30 – 13:15



13:15 – 14:45


Surface /Specialised blasting techniques
W de Graaf

Underground blasting techniques
J Cruise

14:45 – 15:00

Tea/ Coffee


15:00 - 17:00

The economic optimisation of drilling and blasting
V Solomons



Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:



1) Brochure and Registration Form

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