Dhanbad-based IIT (ISM) mining engineering department is organising a two-week executive development programme (EDP) on Controlled Blasting Management for Road Construction in Mountainous Area for Border Road Organisation (BRO).
The programme kicked off on Monday and would continue till December 18, 2021 at the IIT (ISM) campus.
The course has been formulated on the request of the Border Road Organisation (a unit of the ministry of defence that provides support to and is part of the Indian Armed Forces). BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border)
This is the first on-campus course being conducted by IIT ISM after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
During the course, executives will understand explosives engineering; initiating systems and their influence on blast performance; rock-mass damage control using controlled blasting techniques in road construction; understanding the blast-induced ground vibrations, blast triggered landslides and their mitigation measures, case studies and hands-on practice for controlled blast design using advanced tools. It will be helpful for BRO to construct border roads in geologically challenging, difficult and remote locations in the Himalayan territory.
The course was inaugurated by Rajiv Shekhar, the director of the institute, who emphasised on the importance of such training to mitigate the instability issues being faced by the BRO during construction of border roads in a challenging and harsh environment.
A total of 22 assistant executive engineers (civil) from different projects of BRO spread across the country are participating in this specialised training programme.
A K Mishra, head of mining engineering department and the course coordinator, elaborated on the contents and structure of the course.