Mining Product: DRIFT Software

Original creation date: February 2018

Software (Windows) - February 2018

Version: 2.0 Beta

Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

BETA Release: This software has not fully completed NIOSH's rigorous testing but is considered to be fully functional. Because of the high level of interest from numerous stakeholders this BETA version is being made available now. Send comments to mining@cdc.gov.

DRIFT is a program to design perimeter control blast rounds for typical underground drifting applications. The design utilizes current methods of perimeter blasting with the added design element of a buffer row coordinated with the perimeter row to reduce perimeter damage. The coordination is in applying one of several blast damage models to calculate the damage extent for each buffer and perimeter blast hole in the design. The calculated damage is then applied to the spacing between the buffer and perimeter blast holes. Underground blasting with perimeter damage control can reduce the requirement for loose rock scaling and reduce the risk of ground fall injury.

The purpose of the DRIFT software is to provide the blast design engineer a tool for developing an initial conceptual blast design intended to meet design objectives.  A program of field trials and blast design refinement is suggested until design objectives are met.

Installation Notes:
  • Download and unzip the offline installer to a local folder.
  • Open the Installer folder and run DRIFT v2 BETA Setup.exe.

Authors: M Kuchta, S Iverson, W Hustrulid

Software (Windows) - February 2018

Version: 2.0 Beta

Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


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