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The Directors, staff and associate consultants of Blast Log Ltd. are involved at the cutting edge of research and development relating to the environmental effects of blasting and related optimisation of blasting operations.


Recent publication:

Reducing the environmental effect of aggregate quarrying: dust, noise and vibration

Reducing the environmental effect of aggregate quarrying: dust, noise and vibration

The wide range of ALSF projects connected with the three environmental footprint elements of dust, noise and vibration have been considered in one review report, completed as part of a wider review of the ALSF research programme relating to land-won aggregates.

The projects include assessments of potential impact, development of new monitoring equipment and methods, and application of new operational systems and techniques to mitigate any effects.





To find out more about this report or download a copy, please visit the ALSF Sustainable Aggregates website at http://www.sustainableaggregates.com/rprts_revs/rr_theme1.htm






Recent papers & conference contributions:

Adcock, C., Hosein, S., Adderley, G. & Farnfield, R., 2010. The Environmental Distrubance from Special Effects Blasting in Open Water. Proceedings of the Thirty-sixth Annual Conference of Explosives and Blasting Techniques, Orlando, Florida, 2010, International Society of Explosives Engineers, Cleveland, Ohio, Vol. 1.

Birch, W.J., Hosein, S. & Farnfield, R., 2009. Influence of distance in the effective use of electronic detonators to control blast induced ground vibrations. Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual Conference of Explosives and Blasting Techniques, Denver, Colorado, 2009, International Society of Explosives Engineers, Cleveland, Ohio, Vol. 1.

Birch, W.J., White, T., West, R., Pegden, M. & Hosein, S., 2009. Application of statistical multilevel modelling to control blasting operations adjacent to sub-surface structures. Vibrations from Blasting Workshop hosted by Fragblast 9 - the 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, Granada, Spain,12-13 September 2009, Spathis & Noy (eds), CRC Press, pp. 17-23, ISBN 978 0 415 48295 0.

Birch, W.J., White, T.J. & Hosein, S., 2008. Electronic Detonators: A Step Forward In Blast Vibration Control?. Proceedings of 15th Extractive Industry Geology, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, June 25-27, 2008, (The Minerals Industry Research Organisation, 2010).

Birch, W.J., Pegden, M., White, T., Hosein, S. & Farnfield, R., 2007. The Use of Electronic Detonators to Access Additional Aggregate Reserves Adjacent to Sub-Surface Structures. Proceedings of EXPLO 2007 Blasting: Techniques & Technology, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 3-4 September 2007, AusIMM.

Pegden, M., Birch, W.J., Hosein, S., Rangel-Sharp, G.D. & Farnfield, R. 2007. The Acoustic Response of Structures to Blast-Induced Ground Vibration: Fact or Fiction.
Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Nashville, Tennessee, 2007 International Society of Explosives Engineers, Cleveland, Ohio, Volume 2.

Birch, W.J., Pegden, M., Hosein, S., Farnfield, R. & Leckenby, D. 2007. A Methodology to Control Peak Particle Velocity Levels at Multiple Locations by use of Electronic Detonators. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Nashville, Tennessee 2007 v2. International Society of Explosive Engineers.

Birch, W.J., Pegden, M., Hosein, S., & Farnfield R. 2006. The Application of Electronic Detonators to Improve Blast Vibration Predictions at Limestone Quarries. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Dallas, Texas 2006 v2 International Society of Explosive Engineers.

Birch, W.J., Kirke, M. & Hosein, S. 2005. A New Technique for Predicting Vibration Levels from Tunnel Blasting. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Orlando, Florida 2005 v2. International Society of Explosive Engineers.

Pegden, M., Birch, W.J. & Wetherelt, A. 2005. Is That Normal? Fundamental Observations for Best Practice Blast Vibration Analysis. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Orlando, Florida 2005 v2. International Society of Explosive Engineers.

Birch, W.J., Pegden, M., West, R. & White, T. 2004. The Application of Likelihood Ratio Test to Blast Vibration Analysis. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, New Orleans, Louisiana 2004 v2. International Society of Explosive Engineers.

White, T.J., Pegden, M. & Birch, W.J. 2003. Developments in the use of Scaled-Distance Modelling Which Allow an Increase in the Permitted Charge Weights While Still Ensuring Vibration Compliance. Explosives and Blasting Technique, Holmburg (ed.), Swets and Zeitlinger, Lisse, 89-96.
Proceedings of the 2nd World Conference on Explosives and Blasting, Prague, Czech Republic 2003. European Federation of Explosive Engineers (EFEE).

Farnfield, R., Yuill, G & Birch, W.J. 2003. Experiences with the Deconstruction of Multi-Hole Quarry Blast Vibration Signals. Proceedings of the 2nd World Conference on Explosives and Blasting, Prague, Czech Republic 2003. European Federation of Explosive Engineers (EFEE).

Birch, W.J., Pegden, M & West, R.M. 2001. An Advanced Blasting Scaled-Distance Model Incorporating Individual Location Response. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Orlando, Florida 2001 v2. International Society of Explosive Engineers.