Tribal Knowledge in the Blast Industry

Author:  Kumar Balan
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 34, Issue 4, Fall 2020
Doc ID:  2020036
Year of Publication:  2020
INTRODUCTION The online Business Dictionary defines Tribal Knowledge as β€œA set of unwritten rules or information known by a group of individuals within an organization, but not common to others, that often contributes significantly to overall quality.” Sound familiar? How often have you remarked, β€œit makes no sense, it defies all laws of physics, but it seems to work?!” That was one of the effects of tribal knowledge being applied. I distinctly remember my introduction to this phenomenon about three decades ago during my first job as a Trainee Engineer at Wheelabrator in India. Within the first few hours of staring blankly at a drawing board (yes, machines were designed even before ACAD and Inventor), I realized that there was more I had to learn from experienced draftsmen than accumulated through four years of university education!

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