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Eve Hinman

President and Founder

Eve Hinman pioneered the field of blast engineering. In 1983, she became one of the first structural engineers in the United States to take on this highly specialized design work, when the bombings of the U.S. embassy and Marine Barracks in Beirut brought to the attention of the Federal government the need for anti-terrorism solutions. Since then she has designed nuclear missile silos, NATO military facilities, industrial buildings subject to accidental explosions, and civilian buildings vulnerable to terrorist attack. In addition, she was listed as expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in the criminal prosecution of Timothy McVeigh. As a founding member, Eve Hinman helped Weidlinger Associates establish their anti-terrorist design specialty consulting practice. She subsequently went on to found Hinman in 1997.

Eve received her doctorate in Engineering Mechanics, and her MS and BS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University (with structural emphasis). She is a registered Professional Engineer in California and New York.

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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.

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.

February 26, 2014

Hinman Remembers: Fukushima Daiichi

by Eve Hinman

This month we remember the earthquake and tsunami which occurred almost three years ago on March 11, 2011 off the Pacific coast of Japan in Tohoku. It was the largest earthquake known to occur in Japan and the fifth largest on record since about 1900. However, it is most remembered because of the disaster it triggered at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. It was the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

January 22, 2014

This Month, Hinman Remembers: Haiti

by Evan Reis & Eve Hinman

Humans have a natural, reactive impulse after a catastrophe to leap into action to protect ourselves for the next time disaster strikes.  Paradoxically, another characteristic we have is to quickly forget the severity of disasters with time. This month we remember the Haiti Earthquake, which occurred four years ago on January 12, 2010.

November 26, 2013

OBO Design Excellence Program: America the Beautiful

by Eve Hinman

The U.S. Department of State has at last returned to their tradition of building embassies to reflect the inspirational values of our country, while showing respect for the heritage of the host country.

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