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November 03, 2014

New Proposed Perimeter Barriers for the Department of State

by Hinman Team

A very interesting video of a crash test performed by Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has been circulating the internet recently. The test evaluated a new perimeter barrier designed for the State Department to use at U.S. Embassies. As frequent consultants on U.S. embassy projects, Hinman Consulting Engineers knows how difficult it can be to balance stringent security requirements and design aesthetics.

October 16, 2014

Hurricane Storm Surge and Storm Tide

by Hinman Team

The United States has been experiencing increased frequency of high intensity hurricanes over the last decade, as predicted in climate change models. Six of the top ten most expensive natural disasters in US history have been tropical storms – two of which have occurred in the last 10 years. The United States has some of the most advanced codes and construction processes in the world, however, natural hazards continue to cause record breaking monetary losses.

September 30, 2014

Preparing for an Autonomous Future: Drones

by Hinman Team

While military drones have revolutionized modern warfare and made drone a politically and ethically loaded term in the past decade, smaller types of drones are about to start reshaping how we think about and regulate the space above our heads. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) made for personal and commercial use, which predominantly take the form of multi-rotor copters and small planes, are poised to become a big part of our lives in the near future. However, as these autonomous aerial vehicles become more prevalent, they have the potential to become a new threat for security and anti-terrorism experts to consider.

August 28, 2014

This Month, Hinman Remembers: 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Rupture and Fire

by Eve Hinman

This September 11th will be the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the WTC and Pentagon.  As horrendous as these events were,  I would like to use this opportunity to turn our attention to a disaster type that is not related to an external villain, but is emblematic of a growing menace that is self inflicted and largely ignored: our aging infrastructure. We tend to take for granted that we will have water, electricity, and natural gas in our homes and workplaces. The pipes and wires that provide these services are largely unseen below the ground. As our population continues to grow, these networked systems become more complex and challenging to manage. The newer pipes need to be bigger and stronger, while the old ones are asked to perform at higher levels.  The end result is that when accidents happen, the magnitude and losses are amplified.

August 26, 2014

Ten Reasons Why Hinman is the Best Structural Firm to Work For

by Kim Gayo

Publisher Zweig White has recently named Hinman Consulting Engineers the 2014 #1 Structural Firm to Work For!  From my perspective as a six year employee at Hinman, they’re pointing out what I knew already.  Here are ten reasons why Hinman is indeed the best structural firm to work for.

June 30, 2014

This Month, Hinman Remembers: Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant Flooding

by Eve Hinman

In June 2011, the drought ended. Excessive snow and rain caused the Corps to release significantly more than their planned bursts of water due to fears of over-topping. The resulting flood caused extensive damages along the river, including Omaha. The Cooper Nuclear Power Plant was prepared after the 1993 flooding and performed well. Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, which was closer to the water burst released by Gavins Point Dam, however, did flood.

June 09, 2014

Interpreting and Implementing the Updated UFC Anti-terrorism & Force Protection Requirements

by Kim Gayo

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST, join Mark Gardner, Managing Engineer, and Jeffrey Nielson of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, as they present “How To Interpret and Implement the Newly Updated UFC 4-010-01 Antiterrorism and Force Protection (ATFP) Requirements”- a continuing education webinar hosted by the Society of American Military Enigneers (SAME).

June 06, 2014

New Proposed Oil Transportation Calls for Rational, Risk-Based, Mitigation Approach

by Evan Reis

On March 24, 2014 the Bay Area News Group reported that the Phillips 66 oil company had submitted a draft environmental report proposing to ship crude oil through the Amtrak passenger rail network in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The company is considering rail shipments to its Santa Maria refinery that would average five trains per week with 80 tank cars - roughly 4,800 feet per train.

May 09, 2014

Hinman to Testify Before State Senate Committee

by Kim Gayo

On May 14, Evan Reis will testify before the California Senate Insurance Committee on the value of a buildings rating system for natural and manmade perils such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fire and blast. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30pm in Room 112 of the State Capitol.

April 15, 2014

Hinman Remembers: The 2013 Boston Marathon

by Hinman Team

Growing up seven miles from the starting line of the Boston Marathon, I spent many mornings of my childhood as one of 500,000 spectators lined up on the side of the road to cheer on the runners.  I have seen Dick Hoyt, who has run 31 marathons, pushing his son Rick, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and is in a wheel chair.  Last year was going to be their last run, but now the Hoyts have a new reason for running for the 32nd time.  They will run to honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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