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August 23, 2016

New FAA Drone Regulations & Restrictions

by Fred Jorgensen

New rules set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), taking effect in August, open the sky to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and legislate the current guidelines for personal use. The additional rules for commercial use are: a pilot registration system and protocol to waive certain FAA restrictions. The waiver system is the most significant new rule. With the proper waivers, companies can now legally provide customers with a wide variety of UAS based services.

September 11, 2015

Hinman Remembers 9/11

by Francois Fayad

Remembering to remember is a powerful act, a sacred statement that the bonds that unite us are stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.

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.

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 06, 2014

New Proposed Oil Transportation Calls for Rational, Risk-Based, Mitigation Approach

by Evan Reis

On March 24, 2014 the Bay Area News Group reported that the Phillips 66 oil company had submitted a draft environmental report proposing to ship crude oil through the Amtrak passenger rail network in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The company is considering rail shipments to its Santa Maria refinery that would average five trains per week with 80 tank cars - roughly 4,800 feet per train.

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.

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.

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.

January 23, 2013

Designing Beyond the Edge

by Eve Hinman

I learned years ago that if there is a dispute related to a construction job involving blast design, blast will always be blamed for causing cost overruns…

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