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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.

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.

March 24, 2014

Responding to Disaster in the Internet Age

by Hinman Team

That’s all changing as our society becomes immersed in the internet age. Researchers estimate that in the year 2002, 23 Exabytes of data was recorded and replicated. While that is an incredible amount of data, we now upload and transfer that much every week. On average, in the minute it takes to read this, over 200 thousand photos will be uploaded to Facebook and over 300 thousand tweets will be sent. This explosion of information is changing how our society responds to disasters in a variety of ways.

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