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Drilling and Blasting Technology


Drilling and Blasting is the most popular and predominant rock excavation technique. The main advantage of this technique is that it can be universally applicable if it is designed suitably. This course will cover the basics of Rock geology related to drilling application, the fundamentals of drilling and blasting process during rock excavation in surface and sub-surface excavation and also its engineering as well as economic feasibility.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

Mining engineering, Civil Engineering, Geology


UG/PG: UG and PG


INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All Mining Companies (CIL, HZL, TataSteel, HCL, Cement Companies etc.), Civil sectors carrying tunneling (L&T, HCC, Afcons, NHPC etc)


Kaushik Dey is an Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has obtained B.E. (Mining), M. Tech (Opencast Mining) and Ph.D. (Mining) and worked in the field of Tunneling and Mining sector for few years. Prior to join I. I. T. Kharagpur, Dr. Kaushik Dey was a Lecturer in Mining at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and Assistant Professor in Mining at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. His research area includes excavation of rock by blasting or by mechanical cutting. He has published around thirty five research papers.


Week 1  :  Rock Geology,Mechanism of Rock Drilling and Drillability
Week 2  :   Drilling Machines, Selection of Rock Drill and its accessories
Week 3  : Special Drilling Method and economics of drilling
Week 4  :  Explosives and accessories
Week 5  :  Explosive properties and explosive-rock interaction
Week 6  :  Rock blasting methods and designs
Week 7  :  Superalloys: Alloy design, Microstructure and Properties
Week 8  :  Safety, Environmental impact and economics of rock blasting


1.  Drilling and blasting of rocks by Carlos Lopez Jimeno
2. Engineering rock blasting operation by Sushil Bhandari
3. Explosives and blasting techniques by G K Pradhan
4. Rock blasting effects and operation by Pijush Pal Roy

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at http://nptel.ac.in/noc/