Blast Design

Our Itasca blasting capabilities are:

  • Consulting
    • Audits / Expert Opinions
    • QA/QC for blast designs
    • Independent Reviews
    • Review Boards
  • Optimizations
    • Fragmentation
    • Wall Control
    • Blast Movement
    • Cost
  • Problem-solving
    • Complex challenges that require multi-scale approach to understand the fundamental mechanisms of interaction between practical blast designs and rock masses.
    • Blast modelling used to determine suitable blast design parameters for surface and underground blasting applications.
  • Numerical Modeling
    • Applications of Blo-Up, PFC, FLAC2D, and FLAC3D to solve Drill and Blast problems.
  • Machine Learning
    • Development of machine learning solutions for blasting.
    • Development of tailored Web Apps.

In addition to conventional analytical and empirical methods, Itasca has developed Blo-Up, a proprietary tool for blast analysis, as part of the HSBM consortium. Blo-Up can be used to understand blasthole-to-blasthole interaction, optimize fragmentation and blast movement minimizing undesirable results. This unique simulator model various complex phenomena happening during the blasting process. Blo-Up simulation results include final muckpile profile, fragment velocities, blasthole gas pressure, particle size distributions, etc. Although Blo-Up is not commercially available, Itasca offers consulting services using Blo-Up.

If you need more information, please Contact a Consultant.

Velocity contours for a single hole detonating (FLAC3D).
Particle velocities in Blo-Up.
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13 Mar
3DEC In-Person Introductory course
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27 Mar
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