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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.

April 11, 2013

What Time is Resilient Enough?

by Brian Katz

This year’s Critical Infrastructure Symposium, sponsored by The Infrastructure Critical Security Partnership, is just around the corner and is shaping up to include a variety of presentations about resilient design. Yours truly will be attending the April 15th-16th conference in West Point, New York along with Eve and Hinman’s Technical Director, Shalva Marjanishvili to present on topics that encourage discussion of resilience in practical terms.

March 01, 2013

Design to Mitigate the 1-in-100 Year Meteor Storm!

by Brian Katz

The shared sentiment of many design professionals, policy makers, and academics present at the 2013 Building Innovation Conference was discontent with the extent to which “standard of practice” design and public policy are rising to meet the challenge of mitigating hazards that are causing more damage than ever before in this country… I couldn’t help but feel that even with a stronger footing to confront mitigation of multiple known hazards, there would always be unknown threats looming in the distance.

May 23, 2012

For a quick assessment of your building portfolio try BlastPRO!

by Hinman Team

Our evaluation focuses on the expected local and global building response to an explosive event and is based purely on our engineering experience and involves no calculations!

May 23, 2012

What’s Your Hazard Exposure

by Hinman Team & Brian Katz

At Hinman, we’re taking a new approach to understanding the effect of blast loads for specific projects to anticipate and minimize the extent of blast hardening…

May 23, 2012

Economics of Protection: Cost-Benefit Analysis

by Brian Katz

Effective risk mitigation strategies are those that optimize the delicate balance of benefit of protection against cost of implementation…

June 03, 2011

Attacking the Problem from Every Angle: Shear Sliding

by Hinman Team

Often times, renovation plans are overburdened by design efforts to satisfy client and stakeholder driven goals alongside codified building system performance requirements.  The addition of blast services to a seemingly overloaded project scope can easily feel like trying to force a filled to capacity suitcase shut.  Consequently, blast design professionals must bring a unique skill set to the table to address protection needs without conflicting with other project design and budget goals.

May 11, 2011

The Dream Killer

by Hinman Team

Tight budgets, short schedules, even the laws of physics work to conspire against the dreams that are borne out of the very human drive to create magnificent buildings.  Often, as the blast consultant, we are lumped within that list of obstacles.  In fact, a client once referred to us, jokingly, as “dream killers”.  While the comment was light hearted, it was a motivation for us to look for opportunities to shed that disclaimer and join the rest of the design team as dream weavers, contributing to the promise of the built environment.

March 17, 2011

Tilt that Sucker Up!

by Hinman Team

Use of tilt-up reinforced concrete panels has proven to be very efficient when applied to… structures whose design is dictated by functionality and constructability and [often] discounted when aesthetic design needs are more profound.  However, recent trends in the architecture and engineering world are beginning to encourage a wider use of tilt-up construction as a result of aesthetic improvements of this building system.  Specifically, Hinman has noticed recent trends related to new federal building projects to explore the level of blast protection offered by tilt-up walls.

February 24, 2011

Innovation in Motion: Cable Catchment Systems

by Hinman Team

Preservation of exterior window systems is an important aesthetic consideration when renovating historic buildings.  The need to improve the protective quality of this component of the building envelope while maintaining the existing fa├žade expression presents both challenges and opportunities to apply innovative threat mitigation technologies. In exploring various window retrofit options, blast engineers must balance the demands of likely threat scenarios against a variety of other design objectives pertaining to cost, energy performance, window operability and constructability.  The final result is, ultimately, a system that is a threat mitigation solution uniquely tuned to meet project specific goals and preserve the identity of the historic structure.

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