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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.

All articles by Eve Hinman

April 28, 2011

The Green Warrior

by Eve Hinman

‘Green’ is not just good for the environment, it is a mandate we all have to take seriously.  In this way, GreenBlast is not just about synergy between Green Design and Blast Design, it is about survivability.

April 21, 2011

Integrated Design from the Outset

by Eve Hinman

For a successful design integrating security features and blast design, it is critical to engage law enforcement in the design process.  The result will likely not only positively affect the financial health of the AEC industry but also enhance feelings about what we are doing as design professionals.

February 19, 2011

Design Innovations Needed for Disaster Protection

by Eve Hinman

A quarter of a century ago when I started in the field of protective design of civilian buildings, a series of simplifying assumptions were made to enable engineers to effectively respond to this new need. When infused with engineering judgment, the results of these analyses could be used to effectively reduce the vulnerability of high risk buildings without unreasonable cost or aesthetic impact.

Today, our understanding of the true threat that our infrastructure faces is considerably more sophisticated and not aligned well with the basic assumptions originally made. These threats include not only terrorist attack, but natural hazards and accidents as well.

January 19, 2011

ATFP Design of Military vs. Civilian Federal Facilities

by Eve Hinman

I had the honor of providing expert testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on the risk implications of applying the DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for GSA lease procurements. The House is concerned about the cost of providing the large setback distances required by DoD standards for new facilities housing “back office” DoD operations located within an office park or downtown location with an uncontrolled perimeter.

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