Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
15 May 2008
 | 15 May 2008

Improvements of safety conditions of unstable rock slopes through the use of explosives

M. Casale, C. Oggeri, and D. Peila

Abstract. The paper discusses operations aimed at creating a safer natural or man made rock slope by artificially inducing the displacement of unstable elements by blasting. A detailed analysis of the problems with the use of explosives present when conducting these activities is carried out focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of this technology. The results of two examples of demolition of instable rock elements are presented and discussed thus providing suggestions for future blasting designs.