Drill and Blast as a group is generally measured by the blast outcome. More often than not, the blast crew rather than the entire drill and blast process is held accountable for the blast outcome. Unfortunately, this is a common misunderstanding from those who are not intimately associated with the process and do not place value on the parameters which effect blast outcomes. These are:
When it comes to mining engineering, Drill and Blast is one of the most technical and exciting roles available for up and coming Mining Engineers. At many operations it’s a high paced, high work load, thankless role. Some love it, some hate it. But for those who love it, they really love it – many have made a career of blowing things up and decided to never move on to other roles. Why would you?!
Drill and Blast is one of the leading causes of coal loss in an open cut coal mining operation. There are so many aspects that must be considered as part of the Drill and Blast Engineers design process and it is easy for an inexperienced or time constrained engineer to overlook critical areas. A poorly designed and managed blast can lead to millions of dollars of lost revenue.