September 18-21, 2018
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course...

World leaders in digital high-speed imaging and explosive education, Vision Research and the Colorado School of Mines, have announced a collaboration to develop a university-level short course on high-speed imaging's wide range of applications with a focus on experimentation with explosives and ballistic applications.

The short course is a carefully structured introduction to main topics in field of explosive engineering and how to best use digital high-speed imaging when conducting experiments or research for military or civilian applications. Both the fundamentals theory and practical training will be conducted at Colorado School of Mines in Explosive Research Laboratory at Idaho Springs.

A wide range of material will be covered including: detonation and shock wave physics, selection of explosives, an introduction to high-speed imaging, scaling experiments for high-speed imaging, lighting and selecting lenses for the best results, triggering strategies, analysis of high-speed imagery, and more. Each topic will be presented by internationally renowned experts in their respective fields, and will 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 participants work out solutions to their specific set of requirements for high-speed imagery.

The course is an intensive 4-day, hands-on workshop designed to teach engineers, scientists, and students the engineering tools needed to understand, analyze, and solve a broad range of dynamic problems and design applications. It also may also be of interest to crime and accident investigators, or anyone concerned with the regulatory and environmental issues involved in use of high-speed imaging and motion analysis in the fields.

Upon completion...

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

Course content

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


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

Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and accommodations

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

Participant requirements

Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for activities at the Explosive Research Laboratory. All PPE except steel-toe safety shoes will be provided. Participants must provide their own steel-toe safety shoes. Long pants without tears or gaps and long sleeve shirts are required.

Participants should bring a laptop computer with at least one USB port to class, as the class presentations will be provided to each participant on a USB flash drive. The computer must use the Microsoft Windows Professional operating system (version 7 or later; either 32 or 64-bit), and the participant must have administrative rights on the system (must be able to install software on the computer).

About Vision Research...

Vision Research designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in applications including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing and packaging, sports and entertainment, and digital cinematography for television and movie production.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and image quality produced by its systems, robust software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family — all which continue to stand as benchmarks for the high speed digital imaging industry.

Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it's too fast to see, and too important not to™. For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit

Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.

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

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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