Blasting – It’s not scary at all

Rock is a way of life.  Especially in Georgia, where we have the largest single exposed granite formation in the entire world.   As we embark on construction, we sometimes find rock that cannot be moved by mechanical means. As a result, we blast. Blasting is one of those seemingly pesky necessities in the construction world. While we understand that the mere thought of blasting can cause a pinch of panic, the reality is, there’s nothing to be concerned about. It’s a routine process that we’re proud to say we’ve perfected.

Contractually and legally there are multiple steps that are put in place before, during, and after the blast. While some might think chipping the rock is less disruptive, the reality is that process can take longer, can potentially create more damage, and can even cause more sustained noise than blasting. Unlike days upon days of chipping, blasting is completed one, finite moment.

At its core, blasting is actually a very methodical process. State regulations require the blasting contractor to monitor seismic activity for the closest structure within 750 LF of the blast point. Since we go above and beyond what is required, we start at the blast point to measure and identify all the impacted property owners. From there, we generate and distribute letters to anyone whose property line lies within the established 750’ radius.  If pre-blast surveys are requested by property owners, we fulfill their wish. To track and verify notifications, letters are sent via certified mail. Ultimately, we want people to be aware of their community happenings and anything that might impact their day-to-day life.

In addition to providing awareness about the process, we also strive to be methodical in our approach. Despite what you might think, there is a very technical component to blasting. Based on the composition of the rock, a grid pattern is established for production drilling and blasting. The amount of necessary explosive charge is calculated. Test blasts confirm that calculation accuracy, and rules and procedures ensure everyone’s safety, from the on-site workers to the neighbors in the surrounding community.

While it can be a little unnerving to think about blasting rock near your home or business, our hope is this post gives you peace of mind. Should you find a pre-blast notification letter in your own mailbox one day, don’t be alarmed. Blasting is not scary at all! It is a planned, methodical event handled and conducted by professionals you can trust – just like us.

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