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Drilling & Blasting in Pennsylvania by Ed Moranski, Chief Marketing Officer WorldWide Drilling Resource ® The 19th Pennsylvania Drilling and Blasting Conference was held November 14-15, 2019, at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, located on the college campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The event is held every two years, and keeps getting better. The focus of the conference is education - both in the general sessions and chatter in the exhibit hall. Attendees are looking to get continuing education credit hours and hear about the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Joe Flick, the director of the Miner Training Program at Penn State University, got the program started by welcoming all attendees then outlined what the confer- ence was offering. Presentations included How Technology has Changed Blasting; Blast Complaints in Proper Perspective; Data Analytics and Better Blast Reporting; and Basic Drill Principles and Costing. East West Drilling and Epiroc provided out- door rig displays. With over 50 exhibitors set to display their products and answer questions, we were all in for a day and a half of education and hands-on learning. The weather was uncommonly cold for this time in November. An early winter snow- storm, followed by some bitter cold temperatures in the beginning of the week, kept some people from attending. The Penn Stater is a friendly place for drilling and blasting professionals to gather. If you are traveling from outside the area, the state has many activities to engage in besides chocolate. The geographical formation in Pennsylvania affords ample drilling and blasting opportunities. This well-attended and very successful conference has a lot to offer. To see all the photos f rom Pennsylvania Drilling & Blasting C onference 2019, go to EXB 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVINGTHECONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry 34 JANUARY 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ®