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The Blast Log Team


Bill Birch

Bill Birch
Director

For 21 years Bill worked for British Coal Opencast specialising in environmental issues (particularly blasting) and has for the last 13 years lectured in quarrying at the University of Leeds, undertaking extensive and innovative research projects in blasting and related issues. Bill is Director of the Blasting Research Group at the Energy and Resources Research Institute, University of Leeds.
e-mail: BillB@blastlog.co.uk


Dr. Alan Cobb

Dr. Alan Cobb
Director

Alan has over 30 years consulting experience in blasting related issues including blast design; the monitoring, modelling and prediction of environmental effects; and geotechnical implications of quarry blasting, rock mass characterisation and blast fragmentation. Alan also acts as an expert witness regarding blasting issues and works closely with the University of Leeds on research projects, which recently included the effects of blasting on tunnels.
e-mail: AlanC@blastlog.co.uk


Ruth Allington

Ruth Allington
Director

Ruth has over 25 years consulting experience within the quarrying industry. She has a range of experience in the design of mines and quarries, including co-ordination of technical inputs to the design process and optimisation of operations. Ruth is also active as an expert witness and has extensive experience in the interpretation of operational, geological and hydrogeological issues relating to surface mines and quarries.
e-mail: RuthA@blastlog.co.uk


Emily Vallance

Emily Hunger
Blasting Engineer

Emily has a range of experience in vibration monitoring, blast design and environmental impact assessments and holds QPTC shotfiring and blast design certificates.
e-mail: EmilyH@blastlog.co.uk


Shazad Hosein

Shazad Hosein
Blasting Engineer

Shazad has developed the detonator optimisation software program. He also has experience in blasting and explosive techniques, monitoring, analysis and prediction.
e-mail: ShazH@blastlog.co.uk