Drilling and blasting remains as a critical process in a vast array of extractive industries throughout the world. As a constantly revolving niche market in the extractive industry, drill and blast has the potential to make or break an operation. Optimising your drill and blast operations as part of the mine to mill mentality is a vital cog for any mining, construction or civil extractive operation. Getting the drill and blast right will form a solid base to being cost effective in all down- stream operations.
In the 21st century it is no longer acceptable to just blast the material and dig it out. The survival of an operation is no longer just about making money. The economics of a drill and blast operation in the 21st century now includes key performance indicators focused on safety, health and environment as well as the dollars and cents.