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“RIOBLAST allows us to accurately calculate all the vibration, fragmentation and safety parameters in a blasting operation”
“RIOBLAST allows us to accurately calculate all the vibration, fragmentation and safety parameters in a blasting operation” “RIOBLAST allows us to accurately calculate all the vibration, fragmentation and safety parameters in a blasting operation”

2016.11.23


MAXAM Foundation - Press room - News - “RIOBLAST allows us to accurately calculate all the vibration, fragmentation and safety parameters in a blasting operation”

Practical training day organized by the MAXAM Chair of Explosives Technology of the ETSIME (Higher Technical School of Mining and Energy Engineers)

Over 80 students who yesterday attended the RIOBLAST Training Session were able to see all the possibilities and functions of MAXAM's software for the design and simulation of blasts. This high-technology product, fully developed in-house, can be used to design the front and optimize the effects of the expansive energy of a blast by simulating it and accurately calculating the fragmentation, vibration and safety parameters required by the client.

José Ángel Sanchidrián, a Professor at the ETSIME, opened the training session with a presentation introducing the RIOBLAST software, saying “thanks to technological advances such as this, we are achieving increasingly accurate and better quality results in mineral extraction. Not being familiar with this type of platforms is no longer an option for mining engineers.”

Manuel López Cano, the Director of Technical Applications at MAXAM, then outlined the reasons why RIOBLAST is so important in designing the blasts carried out by the Company as part of its comprehensive projects. According to Mr López, “thanks to our blasting design and simulation software we can adapt our clients' different vibration and/or fragmentation limits to each blast, always achieving optimal use of the expansive energy with extremely high levels of safety".

Finally, Paulo Couceiro, a Technical Engineer at MAXAM, offered a practical session using the platform to show how RIOBLAST works, going over the seven modules it comprises: project, blasting geometry, initiation systems, vibration control, projections, fragmentation and general tools. To conclude, he designed and simulated a blast in a Spanish quarry using the software, showing how it can then be used to analyze the results, generating blasting reports with accurate vibration and fragmentation data.

MAXAM Foundation
MAXAM Foundation is a non-profit organization which carries out patronage activities in the field of culture, and, specifically, painting. Moreover, the Foundation's mission is to organize, conserve and disseminate the historical heritage built up by MAXAM since its foundation by Alfred Nobel in 1872. It also organizes activities to promote and achieve goals related to research and development for civil, social, educational, scientific and technological purposes.
Its main areas of activity are:
  • The organization, protection and preservation of the historical heritage of the company.
  • The management of the MAXAM Collection of Paintings, founded in 1899, which every year provides the image for the company's famous Explosives Calendars.
  • The Explosives Factory at the Museum of Mining and Industry of Asturias (www.mumi.es)
  • The MAXAM Chair of Explosives Technology at the Higher Technical School of Mining Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), through which the Foundation has signed training agreements with universities all around the world (Brazil, Bolivia, Spain, Finland Hungary, Poland, Australia, etc.). Thanks to these agreements, Engineering students can complete their studies in Spain and later start off their professional careers in some of MAXAM's international projects.
For more information
Lucas Ferreira
MAXAM
Communications Director
91 722 01 00
lferreira@maxam.net

Louis Trollope
MAXAM
Communications Officer
91 722 01 00
ltrollope@maxam.net



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