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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.


May 06, 2011

Glass Boxes

by Eve Hinman

It is time we moved away from the mid 20th century glass box concept… we need to find more responsive building forms able to adapt to a less benign environment. Forcing glass to do this job is going against nature. Let’s get creative and come up with something new.


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.


March 24, 2011

The Realities of ‘All-Hazard’ Design Approaches

by Hinman Team

There has been much discussion in the industry concerning ‘multi-hazard’ or ‘all-hazards’ approach to building design.  Yet there does not seem to be a consensus on what this really means.


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.


March 11, 2011

Comparing Scales: Tsunami vs. Blast

by Hinman Team

Today’s devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan underscores the need for “disaster-proof” engineering in the building industry as well as an All-Hazard Approach. As an expert in coastal engineering, I have been asked a number of questions including how wave loading compares to blast…


March 10, 2011

Multi-Hazard Risk Mitigation: One Size Fits All

by Brian Katz

The next frontier in engineering innovation may largely center around endeavors to take the understanding of project specific needs to a higher level.  This approach has the potential to more optimally match engineering solutions to the needs of structure and enhance the efficiency of the design process.


February 07, 2011

Minimizing terrorist risk with the “power of people”

by Hinman Team

On a recent site visit, two Hinman engineers had a curious experience while taking measurements of windows in an occupied federal building.  Though the engineers were authorized by building maintenance and security to take photographs and measurements, most of the hundreds of employees in the building were not informed of their visitors that day.  Security later informed the Hinman engineers they had received call after call from concerned employees reporting the “suspicious” activity which was taking place outside the building.


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