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October 03, 2012

Hinman Presenting at Upcoming AIA Conference on Exciting New Design Opportunities of Tilt-wall

by Hinman Team

Hinman Managing Engineer, Mark Gardner, will be presenting at an upcoming AIA conference along with Powers Brown Architecture.  Hosted by the Texas Society of Architects, the 73rd Annual Convention and Design Products and Ideas Expo conference will take place in Austin, Texas between October 18 and 20th.  Hinman and PBA will showcase exciting new applications of tilt-up concrete in their presentation “The Architectural Potential of Tilt-Wall Design.”  There is still time to register!  We hope to see you there!


October 03, 2012

ASCE Forensics Conference Presentation: Structural Collapse Mitigation

by Brian Katz

The catastrophic nature of structural collapse dictates the need for more reliable methodologies to quantify the likelihood of structural failures and strategies to minimize potential consequences.


March 26, 2012

Hinman Presents at the 2012 ASCE/SEI Structures Congress!!

by Brian Katz

Be on the lookout for Hinman at this year’s ASCE/SEI Structure’s Congress being held in Chicago, Illinois from March 29 – 31.  Here is a sneak peak of the structural engineering and physical security topics presented by Hinman employees…


September 23, 2011

Highlights of the 14th ISIEMS

by Brian Katz

...the 14th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (ISIEMS) conference… represents a collaborative effort of North American, Asian, and European blast engineers to come together and share advancements and conceptual innovations with the hope of equipping engineers with the best tools to mitigate man-made threats and implement physical security design solutions.  Andy and myself were among an impressive roster of speakers presenting on a wide variety of topics.


April 21, 2011

Highlights of the 2011 Structures Congress

by Hinman Team

This year’s ASCE/SEI Structures Congressin Las Vegas featured a considerable number of presentations on physical security related aspects of structural engineering.  The presentations showcased efforts to improve the current state of practice… and also develop new methods to better serve engineers seeking solutions to address both common and unique design challenges.


March 31, 2011

Finding the “Correct” Solution: Blast Evaluation of Prestress Precast Concrete Panel

by Hinman Team

At this year’s structures congress, I will be presenting a case study contrasting single degree of freedom (SDOF) analysis and finite element (FE) analysis methods for determining blast support reactions for architectural prestressed concrete façade panels.  There may be room for us, as engineers, to better understand the assumptions inherent in different analytical approached in an effort to minimize conservative design while optimizing expected system performance.


February 24, 2011

Terrorist Risk Assessment and Mitigation of Bridges

by Hinman Team

In 2003, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Bridge and Tunnel Security issued its recommendations for risk assessment and mitigation of bridges and tunnels.  The report gives general guidelines to help decision makers improve the security of bridges and tunnels.  However, the actual implementation can be highly dependent on the methods used to carry out the assessment.


February 24, 2011

Concrete Anchorage for Extreme Loading

by Hinman Team

ACI 318 Appendix D provides a design procedure… not well suited for atypical loads such as those resulting from an explosive event.  In fact, Appendix D explicitly states that high cyclic fatigue or impact loads, like blast, are outside of its scope… Our hope is to encourage a collaborative effort with manufacturers and academia to develop a suitable design protocol that may be incorporated into future editions of ACI 318


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.


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