EPC Groupe focuses on innovation at EFEE explosives conference

EPC Groupe showcased its latest developments in blasting techniques, products and processes at the recent EFEE (European Federation of Explosives Engineers) 10th World Conference on Explosives and Blasting.
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / October 11, 2019
EPC Groupe personnel at the EFEE conference (from left to right): Françoise Flahaut, Philippe Dozolme, Marion Juncarol, Ryan Ward, Vicki Simpson and Julien Janssen

The event had a record-breaking attendance of over 470 delegates and 50 exhibitors this year when it was held at the Scandic Marina Congress Centre in Helsinki from September 15-18.

As a gold sponsor and exhibitor EPC Groupe, which provides commercial explosives and drilling and blasting services, was central to the conference.  

Dr Geoff Adderley, senior Explosives Engineer, said the event is very important forhis company: “The EFEE Conference attracts attendees from around the world, many of whom are leaders in their particular fields.  This makes it the perfect place to meet our peers, discover new developments and discuss the wider issues facing our industry.”

In addition to the exhibition, the conference hosted 38 technical sessions on a variety of different topics, from Health,

Safety and Environment, Blasting Work Experiences, and Technical Developments; to Blast Vibration and Seismology, Blast Design Management, New Applications and Training, and EU Directives and Harmonisation Work.

“The technical sessions provided an opportunity for us to hear about the most up-to-date research and approaches on areas including environmental control and pre-splitting,” said Adderley.

“It was particularly interesting to hear the talk on research into the measurement of velocity of detonation through electromagnetic pulse detection, due to its potential for allowing easier multi-hole measurement of this parameter, as well as its additional safety benefits.”