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Golden, Colorado USA

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About this course...

Specialised Imaging, Inc. and the Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group (AXPRO) at Colorado School of Mines, world leaders in ultra high-speed imaging and explosive education, have collaborated to develop a university-level short course focused on ultra high-speed imaging and its wide range of applications. The course emphasizes experimentation with explosives and ballistic applications.

The short course is a carefully structured introduction to the field of explosive engineering that explores the best use of ultra high-speed digital imaging when conducting experiments or research for military or civilian applications. Fundamental theory will be explored in the classroom, and practical training will be conducted in a blast chamber at the Colorado School of Mines' Explosive Research Laboratory.

A wide range of topics will be covered including:

  • Detonation and shock wave physics
  • Selection of explosives
  • Introduction to high-speed imaging
  • Scaling experiments for high-speed imaging
  • Lighting and lens selction
  • Triggering strategies
  • Analysis of high-speed imagery
  • ...and more

The course is a combination of classroom instruction and experience gained through hands-on work in the Explosive Research Laboratory. Learn more...

Each topic will be presented by internationally-recognized experts in their respective fields, and the presentations will be structured to address an audience spanning a wide range of scientific backgrounds.

Students will be given the opportunity to work one-on-one with instructors in special evening sections designed to allow participants to develop solutions for their specific set of requirements for ultra high-speed imagery.

Who should attend?

The course is an intensive 3½-day, hands-on workshop designed to supply engineers, scientists, and students with the tools needed to understand, analyze, and solve a broad range of dynamic problems and design applications. It would also be of interest to crime and accident investigators, or anyone concerned with the regulatory and environmental issues involved in use of ultra high-speed imaging and motion analysis.

Continuing education recognition

Colorado School of Mines will award 2.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Certificate upon successful completion of this course.


The course will be taught on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA and at the Colorado School of Mines Explosive Research Laboratory. Learn more...

Fees and registration

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Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

About Specialised Imaging, Inc....

Specialised Imaging, Inc. is an international company that designs and manufactures ultra high-speed imaging cameras for industrial, scientific and defense research applications.

The company was formed in 2003, its founding members having previously worked together in the high-speed imaging field and bringing over 80 years' combined experience to the venture.

Specialised Imaging provides a total ultra high-speed imaging solution. The company has formed strong strategic relationships with manufacturers in a variety of related fields. These strategic partnerships enable Specialised Imaging to offer fully optimized imaging systems that include illumination, optical components, supports, and triggering devices.

Specialised Imaging's reputation today extends worldwide with customers in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East regions. For additional information regarding Specialised Imaging, please visit

About Colorado School of Mines...

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines was established in 1874 to educate the influx of miners brought to Colorado by the gold rush. The school has remained committed to energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields ever since. Mines' well-defined and focused mission is achieved by the creation, integration and exchange of knowledge in engineering, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, business, and their union, to create processes and products to enhance the quality of life of the world's inhabitants.

Mines is consequently committed to serving the people of Colorado, the nation, and the global community by promoting stewardship of the Earth, advancements in energy, and sustaining the environment. For more information about Mines, please visit

Guest speaker

Dr. Ruth Doherty will be a special guest speaker focusing on explosives and military use of energetic materials. Dr. Doherty served as the Program Executive Officer for Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices during her time with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She led the effort under the Office of Science and Technology Policy to produce a set of recommendations for research to counter terrorist use of explosives in the United States In her roles in both the Department of Defense and DHS, she worked effectively with U.S. allies through NATO, The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), and several bilateral agreements. Dr. Doherty also has experience with the National Research Council of the National Academies, having served on two Committees that were formed to address design for facilities to demilitarize assembled chemical weapons, i.e., those that contain some kind of energetic material.

Further Technical Information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Vilem Petr
Research Associates Professor and Technical Director of AXPRO Group
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3222

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