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It is well known that good blast design ensures an effective distribution of powder that improves blast results and reduces drilling and blasting costs. Now, through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, the field of blast design has been taken another step forward.

Bulk emulsion explosives have come a long way since BME introduced double-salt – ammonium nitrate and calcium nitrate (AN/CN) – cold emulsion products into South Africa over 30 years ago.

JSE listed Group, Omnia Holdings, has appointed Joseph Keenan as the new managing director of its mining explosives division, BME, as from 1 September 2015. BME is the leading supplier of explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries. BME, which has operations in 14 countries across the African continent, focuses on safety, customer relationships, supply security and value adding technical services, remaining at the forefront of technology by regularly participating in research of new blasting techniques and products.

In another record blast for BME’s AXXIS digital initiation system, Omnia Subsidiary Advanced Initiating Systems (AIS) successfully blasted 4,485 detonators in a coal mine in Australia’s north-eastern state of Queensland.

SA-based blasting leader BME is supplying advanced detonators and expertise to Rock Busters PTE LTD, a Blasting Specialist sub-contractor to Samsung C&T. for the construction of Land Transport Authority (Singapore) Caldecott Station, T213 Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL T213) to blast with the least possible vibration impact – protecting nearby tunnels, skyscrapers and other sensitive structures on the land constrained city-state.

BME’s 23rd annual drilling and blasting conference is set to take place on the 12th of November 2015 at the CSIR in Pretoria.

BME Namibia is building its local skills, technical capacity and supply chain to consolidate and grow its position in Namibia’s mining sector, according to Albie Visser, BME’s general manager for South Africa and Namibia.

Rock that reacts with emulsion explosives can cause real headaches for blasting personnel, but BME’s double-edged solution allows customers to quickly identify reactive ground and apply the appropriate product.

South Africa-based explosives leader BME is expanding its footprint into Indonesia, one of the world’s largest coal producers, and is confident that pumpable emulsion explosives have much to offer this country’s mining sector.

Explosives leader BME has raised the bar with a record blast at Zambia’s Kansanshi mine in March, detonating 4,141 electronic delay detonation (EDDs) in a single blast in the operation’s north-west pit.