Simon Tose, AEL Global Mining Optimisation Manager, was elected as a board member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ) on the first morning of the IOQ’s annual conference.
This was confirmed following the IOQ’s AGM on 16 April, before the start of the institute’s conference, which brought together 260 registered industry delegates this year.
Tose has published several ground-breaking papers including A scientific perspective of blasting in hot holes and reactive grounds, which examined how AEL has tested and developed ways to ensure safety and ease of selection of explosives and initiating systems in situations where a specific additional hazard may exist.
He is a leading authority in the industry and has represented AEL Mining Services at several international key symposia, conferences and colloquiums over the years, the most recent of which was the hosting of a workshop at the 41st Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique in New Orleans, US, in February this year.
Tose’s workshop focused on “Highwall Control” providing insight for blasters into the basics around “safe” highwall control at the conference, which was hosted by the International Society for Explosives Engineers and attracted more than 1 400 delegates from around the world.
Another one of his recent visits was to New Delhi, India where he attended the 10th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting “FRAGBLAST 10” held during 24 – 29 November 2012. The Fragblast Symposia represent the most important events in disseminating the latest advances in the science and technology of rock fragmentation by blasting and other related means.