February 12, 2013
Hitting the road before even the hint of a crack of dawn — on a Monday yet — is not on my list of favorite things to do, but it was the only way I could get to the ISEE (International Society of Explosives Engineers) Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique being held in Fort Worth on time. It’s true, Fort Worth is a neighbor of Dallas, but it’s a good 45-minute drive from my place when there’s no traffic at all. Monday mornings aren’t exactly no-traffic days around here (but neither are any other weekdays), so I hit the road extra early to avoid traffic tie-ups. It worked — mostly. It seems lots of people around here are on the road before the crack of dawn, but I managed to get through the high-traffic areas without too much delay.
As it was my first time to attend the conference, I didn’t know quite what to expect. It was a given that there would be no blasting or drilling demonstrations, because it was being held at a downtown hotel. Other than that, I wasn’t sure what the conference had in store. The education sessions were very technical, a bit over my head, but interesting nonetheless. The exhibit floor was full of drill and bit manufacturers, seismograph companies, software companies, as well as many others, and they hailed from around the world — Brazil, Sweden, Peru, Australia, the United Kingdom, just to name a few. Accents were abundant, and always fun to listen to. I saw many familiar companies and managed to find a few interesting products as well — a radio-control drill, remote seismographs, etc. I will cover those in a future RollOuts section of the magazine, so be sure to check them out.
All in all, it was a good day…albeit an early one.