history of implosionworld.com dates back to 1970, when the core
team at Protec
Documentation Services first began documenting construction
and demolition sites.
Although participating on "implosion" projects has always
been interesting work, in the early years the photographic aspect
was seen as little more than a challenging diversion from the more
technical responsibilities of vibration monitoring and inspecting
adjacent structures prior to a blast.
As Protec grew, the company continued to expand its reputation as
an international leader in the fields of vibration prediction, monitoring,
structure inspections, and perhaps equally as important, capturing
the types of images that clearly illustrated how precise and dependable
this form of demolition could be.
In 1996, Protec producers developed What A Blast, the first
documentary to showcase a variety of blasting specialists performing
world-class projects. The four-part series was then augmented by
a spin-off of the firm's corporate website, titled Protec's World
of Explosive Demolition, which was updated monthly with the
latest structural blasting photographs and industry-related information.
The site began receiving inquiries and emails from around the globe,
and it became obvious that this "industry showcase" would
one day require its own dedicated forum.
Implosionworld.com, LLC was established as an independent
corporation in October 1999, and premiered in grand style with the
world's first real-time webcast of a building implosion project,
live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From there, new site-related
ideas and expansion projects literally flowed like tumbling debris
(sorry), and included every type of web technology available: Streaming
video, flash animation, more live webcasts - including links to
other media outlets who were catching up - and several other forms
of visual technology.
The site experienced an unprecedented surge in visitors at the turn
of the century, thanks in part to being recognized on over 100 "Recommended
Website" lists for design and content, including USA
Today's Top Pick, Yahoo.com's
Editors Choice and
(Implosionworld.com has never solicited for such accolades). Various
international awards for photography also followed, and the site
continued to see increases in visitors linking from dozens of the
world's most prestigious engineering, architectural, historical
and photographic web portals.
In late 2003, Implosionworld.com reached another milestone with
the posting of its 500th page of content. The site currently contains
over 1,000 images of projects performed in over 40 countries on
six continents (in fact, you are reading the only page without
Yet beyond all of the efforts to showcase the industry visually,
implosionworld.com has never lost sight of the fact that reporting
accurate information is essential to its purpose and remains the
most important element of its existence. If one characteristic of
explosive demolition has proven consistent over the years, it is
that there never seems to be a shortage of "hype" around
these projects, and the implosionworld.com team's goal has remained
simple: To report timely, useful and factual information in a way
that does justice to the blasting specialists worldwide who work
diligently to keep structural blasting safe, while continuously
experimenting with new ways to impress us all.
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