Drill and Blast Academy

Develop a fundamental understanding of how to optimise blasting operations and drive world-class outcomes.

Drill and Blast Academy Underground

About the Academy

For over 20 years, the DynoConsult® team of experts have developed technical solutions to solve Dyno Nobel’s customers’ biggest challenges and optimise mining outcomes.

The Drill and Blast Academy, previously known as Optimal Drill and Blast for Underground and Surface Mining (OBTUM and OBTSM), was created to share industry experience, knowledge and insights from the team and other industry experts during two, annual three-day courses for both underground and surface hard rock applications. Participants will learn in an interactive environment with multi-media presentations, global case studies, workshops, Q&A sessions and networking events.

Each course is suitable for mine superintendents, experienced shotfirers and drill and blast engineers in the Asia Pacific region.

Course Objectives:

The aim of each course is to help participants develop a fundamental understanding of how to optimise blasting operations and drive world-class blasting outcomes that positively impact downstream processes through:

  • Blast design and planning, drilling theory and techniques,
  • Rock theory, explosive characteristics and product selection,
  • Detonation and fragmentation optimisation,
  • Safety, environment, community relations, blast QA/QC,
  • Software solutions and modern developments in blasting technology.

Key benefits:

  • Access to industry leading experts during lectures, workshops, Q&A and networking
  • Course materials, case studies and references from credible global resources
  • Increased understanding of how to influence overall mine economics
  • An in depth look at the latest innovations in blasting technology
  • Peer learning from interactive workshops and networking opportunities


Upcoming Courses

Drill & Blast Academy: Underground

Date:               2021

Location:         TBC, Australia

Cost:               $2,950 (ex GST) per person

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  Drill & Blast Academy: Surface & Hard Rock

  Date:              1 - 3 December 2020

  Location:         Perth, Western Australia

  Cost:               $2,950 (ex GST) per person

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Meet the Facilitators

There are multiple presenters chosen from across Dyno Nobel and other industry partners such as Sandvik, to provide a variety of industry experience and ensure the relevant expertise is aligned with each course’s specific learning outcomes. Meet our experts!

Paul Klaric

Paul Klaric – Technical Manager, Dyno Nobel

Paul has been with Dyno Nobel over 10 years and brings a wealth of industry knowledge from his experience in various roles from Technical Services, Supervising, Drill and Blast Engineering to Shotfiring. 

Nico Swart


Nico Swart – Technical Specialist Electronic Initiation, Dyno Nobel

Nico joined DynoConsult in 2008 and brings over 15 years industry experience as a blasting technician and mining engineer doing drill and blast design and scheduling. 

John Tucker

John Tucker   – Managing Director/Principal Mining Consultant, Mineovation Consulting

John specialises in all aspects of drill & blast, explosive management and mine management. His consulting work is focused on creating value and opportunities through innovation and expertise.