AsiaNet 49537

SINGAPORE, June 4, 2012 (ANTARA/PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet) --

Best practices for optimum fragmentation, environmental safety and cost efficiency, among key topics at Drill & Blast Asia conference in Indonesia

With the series of highly publicized mining incidents that happened over past few years, such as the coal mining accident in the central Henan province of China, the gold mine accident in Vietnam and other similar incidents that happened in Indonesia and Malaysia, drill and blast operators are not leaving any stones unturned to tackle key issues on safety and efficiency. At the same time, the mining industry is seeing tremendous developments in technological solutions and equipment that can translate to better output and economy.

These pressing issues and significant opportunities will be examined in detail at the 2nd Annual Drill & Blast Asia 2012 happening in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3-5 September 2012. Asia Pacific's largest operators are set to reveal the latest trends and techniques in drill and blast operations.

Among the high-value topics that will be discussed in this rare gathering include drill & blast design and fragmentation, rock mass characterization, numerical modelling blast methods and tools, instrumentation, underground mining and the highly interesting subject of drill & blast economics and environment.

This conference could not have come at a more opportune time as the mining industry as a whole is undergoing a major shift towards increasing global competitiveness and sustainable growth. As better technology becomes available such as monitoring tools, pattern analyzers, and the likes, the push for more safety and increased profitability will become a de-facto standard for many drill and blast operators. The days of "drill, baby, drill" may just enter a whole new dimension that is set to rise in Asia.

Leading the panel of speakers is Dr. Ajay Kumar Jha, Head of Drill & Blast Research at Coal India Limited, the largest coal producer in the world, and Chief for all Drill & Blast Research at the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute in India. He will be sharing his insights on Stemming Performance in Blasting during his presentation and will be providing his expert opinion about the Future of Underground Mining during one of the panel discussions.

Other speakers gracing the event include Henry Zuidersma, Principal Explosives Officer, Department of Mines and Petroleum Australia; John Moore, Senior Engineer - Drill & Blast, OZ Minerals Australia; and Tonni Syamsuddin, Chief Engineer - Drill & Blast, PT Freeport Indonesia, among others.

The 3-day event will cap with an interactive workshop that looks at the two most interesting areas of drill & blast operations: Surface Blasting and Future Technical Solutions.

With such a rock solid roster of speakers and event agenda, the outcome of this event and the benefits for those who will take part in it will undoubtedly be, immeasurable.

The 2nd Annual Drill & Blast Asia 2012 is organized by Mining IQ. For more information or to take part in this event, go to or call +65-6722-9388. Interested parties may also email to

Media Contact:

Susy Angryany
Mining IQ

SOURCE IQPC Worldwide Pte Ltd

Editor: PR Wire
Copyright © ANTARA 2012